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.
Students seek counseling for a variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, relationship
problems, adjustment to college, decision making, and other needs. Counseling Services offers short-term, intermittent therapy. Short- term counseling
is a good option when you have specific concerns that can be addressed in a few sessions.
For the foreseeable future, all counseling will be conducted online, and these services are considered tele-mental health services. 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.
A variety of virtual 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 2020:
Chase the blues away: a group for sadness or depression:The ways that we think and act influence the way that we feel in an important way. This group for depressed mood, led by counselor Josh Root, LAC, will focus on finding ways to alter the way that we think and act in response to feelings of sadness or depression. The group will be open to all students who are concerned with feeling sad, unmotivated, or without purpose. We will meet virtually every Monday from 4-5 pm at the following link: Depression Virtual Group Room.Establishing Roots group:This group, led by case manager Laura Bewley, LMSW, is designed to provide a space for freshman students to discuss issues concerning them, and to offer each other support and feedback. Common concerns addressed in this group include: adjusting to college, mild-moderate social anxiety, difficulty making friendships, and academic stressors. We will meet virtually every Wednesday from 4-5 pm at the following link: Establishing Roots Virtual Group Room.Relationship Skills 101 group:Led by counselors Janis Taylor, LPC and Leann Watson, LPC, group members will identify and explore the core principles of building and maintaining healthy relationships while expanding their interpersonal skills. The topics will include conversations regarding effective communication, setting appropriate boundaries with others, and handling interpersonal conflict, just to name a few. We will meet virtually every Tuesday from 3-4 pm at the following link: Relationship Skills 101 Virtual Group Room.LGBTQ+ Support group:
This group, led by counselor Craig Witcher, LPC, is offered for students who are facing the challenges of being LGBTQ+ in a heteronormative environment. The group is designed to facilitate peer support with the assistance of a licensed counselor.We will meet virtually every Thursday from 3-4 pm at the following link: LGBTQ+ Virtual Group Room.
There are no session limits for group counseling and it's free to all students. There is no sign-up required and drop-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.
This semester, virtual workshops and programs 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 virtual workshop for your group or class. We request that two week's notice is provided for presentation requests. See our schedule by clicking the button below for all outreach programs offered by the Health and Wellness Center.
Off-Campus Counseling and Resources
ATU Counseling Services focuses on short-term counseling services for students, so we are happy to assist students with finding a longer term or specialized treatment as needed. To help streamline the process of finding a community mental health provider, we offer an online database of local providers: atu.thrivingcampus.com. ThrivingCampus is a search engine of mental health providers and is a resource offered to the campus community. There are also many free pamphlets on mental health issues available in the Health and Wellness Center.
UNFORTUNATELY THE BIOFEEDBACK LAB IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES. 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.
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 online, by calling 479-968-0329, or stopping by the Health and Wellness Center. Our staff is available in the Health and Wellness Center to provide a tour and demonstration of the lab if needed. Take a look at our promo video to learn more: