Over J-term, Taylor brought on three part-time counselors to serve students in the Counseling Center, Jesse Brown, dean of students, told the Echo. Currently, four part-time counselors and four counseling interns are on staff.
Students — both new and returning — are welcome at the center. New students will have to fill out an informational packet and consent form before their first appointment. For returning students whose files were closed out by departing counselors in the fall, they will only need to sign another consent form, said Lori Heath, administrative assistant for the center.
“Students that are coming back aren’t starting from scratch,” Brown said.
In addition to the new counselors, the center will again be offering pre-marital counseling to couples throughout the semester. These sessions will be led by counseling interns Jessalyn Harrington and Nate Martinez, Heath said.
Throughout fall semester, several staff members left the center, including former Center Director Caroline Poland. Currently, counselor Jenny Schamber is leading the center as interim director, Brown said.
“I feel like we’ve got good morale in the Counseling Center and Jenny is doing great,” Brown said. “We’re just trying to continue to serve students and help students continue to grow and work through challenges that they have.”