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AUCCCD endorses AUCCCO's Impact Statement on COVID-19 | March 2020

AUCCCD endorses AUCCCO's Impact Statement on COVID-19 | March 2020

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Statement on Telemental Health during the Coronavirus Crisis

As President of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), I am writing to you today in light of how the current COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the ability of colleges and universities to serve the mental health needs of college students. In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many colleges have moved to distance learning as an avenue for students to continue their academic studies. However, this move means that many college counseling centers will utilize telemental health services in order to provide much needed psychological care to already vulnerable students who are likely experiencing increased anxiety and social isolation. This includes students who live in another state rather than where their college is located. In most states, mental health professionals are prohibited from practicing across state lines.

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Chronicle of Higher Education: Therapy for the Snapchat Generation (Feb 2020)

Peter Cornish and Zoe Ragouzeos are featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education regarding Therapy for the Snapchat GenerationFebruary 2020

UM Dearborn's Article: Students' demands for mental health are changing fast. How can we keep up? (Feb 2020)

Todd Sevig and Sara Byczek have an "expert-to-expert conversation" in UM Dearborn's article, Students' demands for mental health are changing fast. How can we keep up?  February 2020

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle of Higher Education's article, Students Are Showing Up at Counseling Centers in Droves (Jan 2020)

AUCCCD Board Member, Ben Locke and the Annual CCMH Report are referenced in The Chronicle of Higher Education's article, Students Are Showing Up at Counseling Centers in Droves. January 2020

Psychiatric News Article: University MH Centers Strain to Keep Up With Increased Demand (Jan 2020)

AUCCCD President, Sharon Mitchell is quoted in the Psychiatric News article University MH Centers Strain to Keep Up With Increased DemandJanuary 2020

USN: How to Handle Homesickness in College (Dec 2019)

AUCCCD members, Jason Parcover and Barry Schreier, are interviewed for USN article How to Handle Homesickness in College. December 2019

The Telegram: Suicide Prevention Leaders' Death Leaves College Counselors Shaken (Oct 2019)

Megan Kersting, Charles Morse & Barry Schreier are quoted in The Telegram Article, Suicide Prevention Leaders' Death Leaves College Counselors Shaken. October 2019

The Atlantic: How College Changes the Parent-Child Relationship (Sept 2019)

Kristen Gray is quoted in the The Atlantic article, How College Changes the Parent-Child Relationship. September 2019

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle of Higher Education article, Overburdened Mental-Health Councilors Look After Students: But Who Looks After the Counselors (Sept 2019)

Expectations of counseling services was discussed by Richard Shadick in The Chronicle of Higher Education article, Overburdened Mental-Health Councilors Look After Students: But Who Looks After the Counselors. September 2019

CGTN: World Suicide Prevention Day: 47,000 lives lost each year to suicide in the US

Richard Shadick discussed the importance of treatment to prevent suicide in China Global Television Network Article. September 2019

Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness (Aug 2019)

Board Members in the News! Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness, August 2019

Community College Journal Article, Student Stress Surges (Aug 2019)

Sue Stock is featured in the Community College Journal Article, Student Stress Surges, August 2019


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued new “conscience protections” for health care providers, insurers and employers who refuse to provide, participate in, pay for, or refer patients for abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide and advance directives. The rule expands on the powers of HHS’s Office for Civil Rights to enforce these protections for providers even for counseling and the provision of referral information. The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) stands with many professional organizations in opposing the expansion of these conscience protections. We have grave concerns about how these “protections” will negatively impact college students’ ability to get accurate information about and access to essential services. We are especially concerned about the impact on low-income and minority women, and the access to needed care and information for other populations, specifically lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and individuals living with HIV and AIDS.

Inside Higher Ed Article Rethinking College Mental Health (May 2019)

Read the Inside Higher Ed Article Rethinking College Mental Health, written by AUCCCD member Gary Glass. May 29, 2019

AUCCCD Letter of Support for H.R. Bill 6664

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) strongly supports the “Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Act of 2018” (H.R. Bill 6664). As a leading voice for college student mental health, and the largest organization of campus mental health leaders in the country, AUCCCD is actively involved in efforts to reduce the risk of violence to self and others.

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AUCCCD Statement on College Counseling Directors as Clery Act Campus Security Authorities

The Clery Act requires all institutions of higher education to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that Clery considers to be Campus Security Authorities (CSAs). In its 2016 Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, the U.S. Department of Education identified two types of individuals working in specific roles who are not CSAs under the Clery Act: Pastoral counselors and Professional Counselors (this includes counselors-intraining working under the license of a professional counselor). Furthermore, directors of campus counseling centers were classified as people who generally meet the criteria for being campus security authorities (CSAs).

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AUCCCD Statement on Violence in Charlottesville, VA

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), a professional association for the higher education leaders for college student mental health representing over 800 institutions in the United States and internationally, seeks to advance the cause of collegiate mental health through innovation, education, and advocacy. As an organization committed to inclusive excellence and the promotion of social justice, AUCCCD strongly speaks out against racism, discrimination, oppression, and violence in its many forms. On Friday, August 11, 2017, and Saturday, August 12, 2017, several White supremacist hate groups gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia and elsewhere in Charlottesville, purportedly to protest the removal of a Confederate general’s statue. The weekend was marked with violent clashes between various hate groups and anti-racism groups, leading to property destruction and the needless death of a young woman who was there to protest against racism and bear witness. Several other people were injured, some seriously. Two law enforcement officers who were there to keep the peace also lost their lives when their helicopter crashed.

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AUCCCD Statement on the tragedy in Orlando, Florida (2016)

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) joins with the world in expressing our grief and sorrow to those family members, friends and loved ones who were impacted by the tragic violence that occurred in Orlando, Florida. We extend our support to those who continue to be healing from this senseless violence. Of particular note, are the members of the LGBTQ community and the impact this tragedy is having on them. As a professional association AUCCCD is committed to inclusive excellence and the affirmation of all individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. We recognize how this tragedy can effect a person’s sense of safety in the world and know that counseling centers are ready to support students impacted by this violence everywhere. We are also aware that individuals with a similar background to the perpetrator’s identity can be unfairly victimized in the aftermath of such a tragedy. These individuals will certainly be supported by counseling centers as needed.

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Statement on Video Games With School Violence Themes (2011)

Much of the empirical research on the topic of violent video games indicates that such activities increase aggressive thoughts and behaviors and increase angry feelings. Anecdotal data about many of the school shooters indicate preoccupation with violence. The tragedies at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Northern Illinois University are among the most horrible violent acts on campus in American history. As an organization of professionals based in campus mental health settings we feel compelled to decry the development and marketing of video games that present such video activities as "fun". We urge the businesses and individuals involved with these types of video games to stop their development and/or production. It is disconcerting that the development of such video games would even be considered. It is disrespectful to survivors, and inconsiderate to the families, friends and loved ones of those who have been killed or injured in school shootings. It would be ill advised and regrettable to market such games given the potential harm they could cause.

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