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Counseling Division

Mission Statement: 

The mission of the South Mountain Community College Counseling Division is to support students, faculty and staff by providing instruction and offering services that promote student development, foster personal, academic and professional growth, and enhance mental health, wellness, and resiliency. 

Academics: 

Behavioral Health Sciences: 

Interested in making a difference in the lives of others? A career in Behavioral Health Sciences may be for you! 

The Behavioral Health Sciences program teaches students how to deliver basic, specialized, and comprehensive services in areas of counseling, psychology, mental health, psychiatric care, case management, parental aid, family advocacy, and human services. One of the fastest growing programs at South Mountain Community College, the Behavioral Health Sciences degree and certificate programs offer students a unique opportunity to earn their Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree predominately or entirely on the South Mountain Community College campus. The program has several options for degree paths, as well as certificate options: 

  • Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS): 60-65 credits 
  • Advanced Certificate (CCL): 38 credits 
  • Basic Certificate: 16 credits 

Areas of Emphasis: Both the Associate’s degree (AAS) and Advanced Certificate (CCL) allow students to select one of the following areas of emphasis: 

  • Trauma & Crisis Stabilization 
  • Addiction & Substance Use Disorders 
  • Developmental Disabilities 
  • Criminal Justice & Forensic Science 
  • Mental Health 
  • Infant/Early Child Mental Health 

Industry Certifications: Students will also have the opportunity to earn 3 nationally recognized certifications as a part of program completion: 

  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention/Intervention 
  • Mental Health First Aid 
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills 

For additional regarding the Behavioral Sciences program, please contact Dr. William Beverly at william.beverly@southmountaincc.edu or 602.305.5880. 

Counseling & Personal Development: 

The Counseling Division also offers courses for students that facilitate student success through college orientation and personal growth, study skills development, and educational and career planning, as well as explore appreciation and awareness of multiculturalism: 

  • CPD 150: Strategies for College Success 
  • CPD 160: Introduction to Multiculturalism 

Explore Our Degrees

Counseling Support: 

In addition to academic programs, the Counseling Division provides free assistance for students with life skills, career planning, and crisis intervention. Counseling faculty are available to support and empower students in achieving their goals, and to support their academic, professional, and personal well-being. 

**In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, counseling will be available via phone, with video conferencing options, to provide support to students and staff. All services are by appointment only.** 

FAQ’s: 

Who can receive counseling? 

Counseling is available at no charge to all students enrolled at South Mountain Community College. Counselors are also available for faculty and staff consultation. 

What is the difference between counseling and academic advising? 

Academic advising is for students who need assistance with academic information or help developing an educational plan and course of study. Counseling is for students who need help with personal, educational, or occupational skills. Counseling faculty can assist in developing better study skills, manage stress, respond to crises, set goals, and provide resources for further assistance with mental health issues. For more information on academic advising, click here

Is my information confidential? 

  • Counseling faculty maintain student privacy as outlined by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) guidelines, and, like other college representatives, may release information as permitted by FERPA or in circumstances involving the safety of students or others. Counseling faculty are mandated by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to report knowledge of gender-based or sexual discrimination that involves MCCCD students or employees, including sexual harassment or sexual violence that creates a hostile environment on campus. 
  • Counseling is also available via telephone or online video conferencing. Information transmitted over email may not be secure, and information transmitted between the counseling faculty member and the client during online counseling is not encrypted. 

What other resources are available for student support? 

Immediate Crisis Support: 
  • Maricopa County Crisis Line - 602-222-9444 
  • Local Teen Hotline - 602-248-8336 
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255 or Text HOME to 741741 
  • 211 Arizona - 2-1-1 within Arizona, or 877-211-8661 
Low Cost Mental Health Resources: 

Contact

For all appointment requests, please contact Division Support: 
Maggie Fischer – Administrative Assistant Sr. 
602.305.5608 | maggie.fischer@southmountaincc.edu 

Jason Reif
Division Chair
602.243.8137

William (Bill) Beverly
Director of Behavioral Health Sciences
602.305.5880

Shalmeka Sweet
Counseling & Personal Development Coordinator
602.243.8141

Kerry Scott
Counseling Faculty
602.243.8398

Office Location
Student Services Building