Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Embedded Clinicians

Benefits to Students

  • Embedded Counselors have familiarity with the culture of a college or area.
  • Students have the ability to connect and consult directly.
  • Tailored services for diverse student groups and increased access for marginalized populations.
  • Embedded therapists are advocates for the students in their area.
  • Embedded therapists have awareness of how current events affect students in their embedded site.
  • Proximity and availability fitting with student schedules.
  • Builds trust and reduces stigma among students enhancing a Culture of Care.

Benefits to the Stakeholders

  • Embedded therapists are a visible presence and a direct liaison for consultation with faculty and staff.
  • Increases access, decreases stigma, and affirms a commitment to mental health and well-being.
  • Embedded therapists assess the needs of students and develop tailored programming in response.
  • Embedded therapists provide feedback to stakeholders based on emerging needs of students.
  • Embedded therapists reinforce mental health literacy within the embedded site and offer education around prevention and accessing mental health resources.
  • Embedded therapists lend their expertise to teams they are a part of within their embedded site.

Support from Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS)

  • The embedded therapist has direct access to internal services at CCS (e.g. Psychiatry, Care Management, Group Therapy).
  • Direct consultation with CCS Central staff who have cultural or clinical specialties.
  • The embedded therapist has access to a network of community referral options to connect students with the appropriate level of treatment to meet their needs.
  • In the event an embedded therapist is unavailable, CCS Central staff provides coverage.
  • In the event of a crisis, the embedded therapist has support from CCS Central staff (i.e. immediate support, crisis outreach team, multiple therapists for urgent appointments).
  • Full access to centrally funded scheduling and documentation systems.
  • Ongoing mentorship and professional development opportunities from a large experienced staff.

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