Arkansas Tech Counseling Services provides professional counseling services free to enrolled ATU students. The professional staff is happy to assist our faculty, staff and administration with referrals for counseling in the community as needed.
Personal Counseling: Students seek counseling for a variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, adjustment to college, decision making, and other needs. Students may receive 10 sessions per academic year. If further sessions are needed, a counselor will make a referral to a community counselor.
Online Counseling: Students who are taking all of their classes online and live over 30 miles away are eligible to be screened for technology-assisted counseling. Students who meet the criteria should call 479-968-0329 to schedule a screening appointment and for more information. Students who are taking at least one class on campus or who live within a 30 mile radius will be scheduled for face-to-face personal counseling.
Group Counseling: A variety of groups will be offered each semester and all students are welcome to participate. Students may attend an unlimited number of group sessions.
Groups for Fall 2019
Stress Management Group, Thursdays 3:00-4:00 starting Sept. 19, Doc Bryan 119 (led by counselor Nikki Templeton)
Depression/Anxiety Group, Fridays 11:00-12:00 starting Sept. 20, Doc Bryan 119 (led by counselor Josh Root)
LGBTQ Support Group, Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 starting Sept. 10, Doc Bryan 119 (led by counselor Craig Witcher)
Social Skills Group, Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 starting Sept. 24, Doc Bryan 180 Senate Room (led by counselors Janis Taylor and Leann Watson)
There are no session limits for group counseling and it's free to all students. There is no sign-up required and walk-ins are welcome.
Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be. Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way. See http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/group-therapy.aspx for more information about group counseling.
Outreach Programming: Workshops will be provided, including such topics as stress management, test anxiety, depression, sexual assault awareness and prevention, time management, communication skills, and others. Please contact us at 968-0329 if you are interested in arranging a workshop for your group or class. We request that two week's notice is provided for presentation requests. See https://www.atu.edu/hwc/program_schedule.php for all outreach programs offered by the Health and Wellness Center.
Resources: Counselors will be happy to provide the Tech community with referral to counseling resources available in the Russellville area. There are also many free pamphlets on mental health issues available in the Health and Wellness Center.
Biofeedback Lab: The biofeedback lab is a relaxation space in the Health and Wellness Center designed for students to learn and practice stress management skills. In the lab, there are various resources for students such as biofeedback equipment, meditation CD's and cushions, essential oils, and yoga mats. Take a look at our promo video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX2r967X56w.
The biofeedback equipment allows the students to learn how to consciously monitor, regulate, and change their body's responses to stress. Among its many benefits, biofeedback training is shown to reduce stress, improve concentration, regulate emotions, and increase resiliency. The lab is open to all students and a private session in the lab can be scheduled by calling 479-968-0329 or stopping by the Health and Wellness Center. Staff is available in the Health and Wellness Center to provide a tour and demonstration of the lab if needed.