Feb 3, 2021 | Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech’s mental health and well-being departments are expanding, with the addition of three new counselors to the Counseling Center in the last month. Three more staff members will be hired as embedded counselors through the satellite program, which launched last year. Additionally, two new case managers will be joining the Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE) team in the near future.
“We are excited to welcome three new therapists to the Counseling Center this semester and look forward to welcoming additional staff that will be hired, thanks to approved funding,” said John M. Stein, vice president for Student Life and the Brandt-Fritz Dean of Students Chair. “The mental health and well-being of our students continues to be a priority, and we will continue to do what we can to grow our programs and services to meet their needs.”
Through the embedded counselors satellite program, clinically trained and licensed Counseling Center staff are hosted within the College of Engineering and the College of Computing. The new therapists will be embedded in colleges that do not currently have one.
Since the launch of the satellite counselor program, mental health resources have become more accessible to all students outside of the Counseling Center’s physical location. The program allows students to participate in brief, non-crisis consultations without having to submit any documentation. A full range of counseling services is available through this program as well as several hours each week dedicated to drop-in, problem-solving appointments for those who may not be seeking ongoing counseling.
Students who need more support beyond a brief consultation can contact CARE to receive an assessment and schedule an appointment for additional services.
Both of these mental health and well-being departments continue to offer all clinical services in addition to mental health and wellness workshops and coffee hours to offer additional support to students. Some of these include:
- Let’s Talk: a Counseling Center program that provides easy access to informal, friendly, supportive, and confidential consultations with Georgia Tech counselors. During the spring semester, counselors will hold virtual walk-in hours throughout the week.
- Coffee With CARE: a drop-in opportunity for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)-identified students to learn about campus resources, receive support, and ask questions in a non-clinical setting.
- Wellness and Stress Management Workshops: weekly workshops aimed at enhancing wellness and reducing stress in our daily lives. Topics this semester focus on general stress management skills, stress related to performance and accomplishments, relationships skills, and academic preparation.
- Peer Coaching: developed by the Counseling Center to offer Tech students access a unique type of support to facilitate academic and/or personal success. Students receive one-on-one coaching from their peers, who have been trained and are supervised throughout the coaching experience.
- Thrive@GT: a wellness portal of mental health and well-being resources provided through the University System of Georgia's Mental Health Initiative. Students can find articles and resources that complement the programs and services offered at Georgia Tech and provide additional resources for their mental health and well-being journey.