The UT Student Counseling Center (SCC), a department within the Division of Student Life, is the university’s primary facility for mental health services for students.
Along with therapy services, we also provide pre-professional training to students in the UT Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program, as well as to doctoral interns from school across the country.
We also connect to the Vol community through community intervention programs. This may be tabling events with our campus partners, presenting QPR or skill-building workshops, or providing consultation to university departments.
Commitment to Diversity: Caring for All Vols
The Student Counseling Center is committed to providing high-quality care and services to all UT students. Regardless of your race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender expression, physical ability, personal creeds or religious/spiritual beliefs, national origin, or socioeconomic status, we pledge to create an affirming and welcoming environment. We actively pursue this by providing culturally responsive counseling services, specialized training for our staff, participation in community events that promote diversity and inclusion and exemplifying a welcoming, compassionate presence within the Volunteer community.
Staff members provide a variety of services for students, faculty, and staff. Presenting problems range from mild situational stresses to acute mental health conditions.
Services available to students include drop-in consultation and assessment for services, crisis intervention, psychiatry, and individual, couples, and group therapy. Services are provided on a time-limited basis – not to exceed 12 sessions per academic year for individual and couples services except as approved. Most of our clients feel they get their needs met in four to six sessions. Session limits do not apply to group therapy.
The VOL Wellness Team
There are many services that work with SCC to provide health and wellness services to students. The Center maintains close ties with the Student Health Center (SHC), which has eight primary health care physicians. CHEW – the Center for Health Education and Wellness – engages student in prevention activities and health education on a variety of topics. The Center for Career Development 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. Psychotherapy services are available to students and non‑students, and children and couples are also seen there. Student Disability Services assists students with visible and non-visible, permanent, or temporary disabilities to meet their academic goals.
The Dean of Students office houses several programs that assist our students. SCC works closely with the Care Team and 974-HELP case managers to provide services and referrals to students.
We do not share confidential information about students without their written permission except as legally and ethically allowed.
Student Counseling Center Facility
The 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.
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 2023.