The UT Student Counseling Center (SCC), a department within the Division of Student Life, is the university’s primary facility for personal counseling, psychotherapy, and community intervention. It provides direct service to students and to spouses or partners of students in conjoint therapy. Services are free of charge except for a select group of assessment services.
The Center is a very pleasant place to work. Staff relations are friendly and informal. This informality is balanced by an atmosphere of serious professional concern for clients, for programs, and for trainees.
Our Commitment to Diversity: Each staff member is committed to providing assistance that is culturally-sensitive and affirming to our diverse clientele, which includes students of color, international students, sexual-minority (LGBTQ) students, veterans, students with disabilities, and students from all socioeconomic backgrounds and with varying religious/spiritual beliefs.
Staff members provide a variety of services for students, faculty and staff. Presenting problems range from mild situational stresses to acute psychiatric conditions and long-term dysfunctions.
Services available to students include walk-in consultation, psychological assessment, crisis intervention, and individual, couples and group therapy. The nature, frequency, and duration of psychotherapy are determined on a case by case basis.
The Stress Management Clinic offers an array of services including mindfulness training, meditation, biofeedback, and interpersonal skills training.
As an integral part of the developmental and preventive emphasis of the Center, the staff is committed to providing consultation services and outreach to the campus community. Recent or ongoing consultations include the Division of Student Life, the Black Cultural Center, Campus Ministers, the Center for International Education, the Counseling Psychology Department, Dining Services, the Office of Equity and Diversity, UT Police Department, the Safety, Environment & Education Center (SEE Center), University Housing, and Women’s Athletics. Outreach programming has included participation in the orientation program for new students, First Year Studies classes, fraternity and sorority groups, the annual Health Services Fair, the Vol-Aware Street Fair and the QPR Gatekeeper trainings.
Referrals are made to other agencies both on and off campus. The Center maintains close ties with Student Health Center (SHC), which has eight primary health care physicians, a psychiatrist, a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and a psychologist. The SCC enjoys a close relationship with the mental health professionals at the SHC who work closely with all staff members, including interns who have clients receiving medication. The psychiatrist and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist also teach a weekly psychopharmacology seminar for interns. Career Services has an extensive career library, computerized career exploration programs, and the computer administered Strong Interest Inventory. The Department of Psychology operates the Psychology Clinic, a training clinic on campus for the clinical psychology graduate students. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Both individual and group psychotherapy are available to students and non‑students. Children and couples occasionally are seen.
A protocol for helping distressed students was developed as a guide for staff and faculty in helping distressed or distressing students. The Case Management Team was formed and meets on a regular basis to assist students at risk. The team is co-chaired by the Student Counseling Center and the Office of the Dean of Students. Members of the committee include representatives from Disability Services, Student Health Center, Student Judicial Affairs, UT Police Department and other key offices on campus.
Student Counseling Center Committees
Student Counseling Center Committees generate proposals and recommendations that are forwarded to the Executive Committee. In some instances, their role will also involve implementing proposals that have been approved by the Executive Committee. Center committees include: Clinical, Community Intervention, Diversity and Training. Interns are encouraged to join and become active members of a committee.
Student Counseling Center Facility
The new 109,242-square-foot facility houses the Student Health Center on the first floor and the Student Counseling Center, along with the psychiatric staff, on the second floor. The facility includes private offices for all senior staff members, interns and graduate assistants, a spacious reception and waiting room area, conference rooms, group rooms and much more. Each intern office is equipped with a personal computer, and a DVD recorder/monitor.
The University of Tennessee Student Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). and the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA). The Internship Training Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Our next APA site visit is scheduled for 2016.