Important Information

Location, Office Hours, Making an Appointment

Confidentiality

Fees

Referrals

Student Counseling Staff

Tips for Managing Crisis

Students in Distress: A Faculty/Staff Guide

Location, Office Hours, Making an Appointment

To make an appointment to see a student counselor, you may refer yourself by calling 682-7520 or by coming to the Student Support Services office located by Entry SEM 3. The counseling offices are open from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 5 pm on Friday, and are closed on weekends and college holidays.

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Confidentiality

Your contact and communication with the counselor is confidential. We operate according to professional guidelines and state laws which protect your right to confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality are rare and are outlined in our intake form.

NOTE: Individuals under age 18 who request to meet with the counselor should understand that parents/legal guardians have the right to request information from the counselor. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), ethical guidelines, and applicable laws permit this disclosure of information to parents/legal guardians.

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Fees

All counseling services provided by Student Support Services are free to current OCCC students.

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Referrals

The Student Support Services Counselor maintains a strong referral network of Licensed Professional Counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists with a range of specialties who have offices in the surrounding community. Some students may wish to seek long term therapy off campus. We will assist you in exploring referral options that meet your needs.

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Student Counseling Staff

Jenna Howard, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) has been at OCCC since 2002.

  • BA, Biola University
  • MSW, University of Oklahoma

Janey Wheeler, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) has been at OCCC since 2013.

  • BA, Oklahoma City University
  • MLA, Oklahoma City University
  • M.Ed, Oklahoma City University

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Tips for Managing Crisis:

  • Don't make hasty decisions
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Don't isolate yourself
  • Keep regular meal/sleep time
  • Ask for help
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Talk to family and friends
  • Remember to breathe deeply

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Students in Distress: A Faculty/Staff Guide

A guide designed to help faculty and staff identify some signs and symptoms of students in distress and effective strategies for interacting with such students. In addition, information is also provided to assist faculty and staff in identifying ways to make a referral to the college counselor.

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