Gwinnett Technical College believes the health and well-being of all students are critically important. In recognition of this, Gwinnett Tech partnered with ESPYR to provide students with a comprehensive Student Assistance Program (SAP) to help with a variety of personal matters. The SAP is a free and confidential resource available 24/7.
Student Assistance Program Offerings:
- Free and confidential in-person, telephonic, and virtual professional counseling
- Up to four SAP sessions for assessment, short-term counseling, and referral
- Free consultation and referrals for financial, legal, childcare and other personal matters
- On-line self-help resources and programs
How to Access the Student Assistance Program:
- Call: 866-734-5890 or 711 for GA Relay Service for the deaf
- Text: 94097
- Online: https.care.espyr.com
Students will need a passcode to access the resources. Please check your student email for the passcode. You can also locate the passcode on the Blackboard announcements page, your Gwinnett Tech student dashboard, or contact email@example.com for the passcode.
- CDC link
- Mental health COVID-19 information and resources link
- Conoravirus anxiety; Helpful tips/resources link
- Gwinnett Tech Coronavirus information page for current updates
What is counseling?
Counseling at Gwinnett Technical College is a mental health resource to provide free, personal, and confidential therapeutic services in a supportive environment. The purpose is to help students acquire the resources, attitudes, abilities, and insights that will enable them to successfully complete their academic program of study. Counseling can help reduce stress by providing a safe place for students to talk about their concerns, identify resources, and develop the skills needed to deal more effectively with distress.
Limits of Confidentiality: Counseling is a confidential process. However, if there is a danger of imminent harm, it is necessary to disclose information for the protection of those involved. While we try to honor the student’s wishes whenever we can, we will disclose information regardless of the student’s preference if we believe that doing so is necessary to prevent harm.
What Services are Available?
- Individual counseling sessions for students
- Mental Health Crisis Assessments
- Trainings, workshops, and class presentations
- Outreach and psycho-education
- Wellness and enrichment activities
- Consultation for students, faculty and staff for referrals as needed
How Long Does Counseling Take?
The Counseling Office operates on a brief, solution-focused model so the licensed counselor will help students work toward a solution in as few sessions as possible. Many students are seen for as few as one to two sessions. Referrals will be provided for services needed beyond the scope of the Gwinnett Tech Counseling Office.
Who Is Eligible to Receive Counseling Services?
Counseling services are available to all actively enrolled Gwinnett Tech students 18 years of age and older in a certificate, diploma, or degree program.
If neither counselor is available and it is a crisis, you can also call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or Campus Police at 678-226-7377.
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS NUMBER
• 24-hour Emergency Mental Health Service and Hotline:
Georgia Crisis and Access Line 1-800-715-4225
• Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
• Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
• Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741
For more information, contact the Counseling Office at 678-226-6628.