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Counseling

Mission Statement:

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


Personal Counseling & Development Services:

In addition to academic programs, the Counseling Division provides free counseling services for students regarding life skills, career planning, and crisis intervention. Our counselors work to support and empower students in achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, counseling services will be available via phone and video conferencing for students, faculty, and staff. All services are by appointment only.

How to make a counseling appointment:

Students who are enrolled at SMCC, as well as faculty and staff can book a counseling appointment via YouCanBookMe.

We currently have four counseling faculty available to meet with you. Please click on their booking link below to schedule an appointment. You will automatically be sent a confirmation email, a reminder email, and a calendar invite to the session.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

Counseling is available, at no charge, to all students enrolled at South Mountain Community College, as well as all faculty and staff.

  1. Academic advising is for students who need assistance with academic information or help developing an educational plan. To meet with an Academic Advisor, please click here.
  2. Counseling is for students who need help with personal matters. You can discuss topics such as developing better study skills, well-being, managing stress, responding to crises, setting goals, and/or resources for mental health assistance.
  1. Your privacy will always be respected, but please note that all counselors 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.
  2. Counselors are mandated by Title IX of the Education 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.

Immediate Crisis Support Resources:

Low Cost Mental Health Resources:

You can also email counseling@southmountaincc.edu for a list of comprehensive resources regarding nutrition assistance, housing, and mental health.

Offered Courses:

The Counseling Division also offers courses that facilitate student success through college orientation, personal growth, study skill development, and educational and career planning. These courses also provide an opportunity for career exploration and multicultural appreciation.

  1. CPD 150: Strategies for College Success
  2. CPD 160: Introduction to Multiculturalism

Don’t forget to Explore Our Degrees or check out our Behavioral Health Sciences program below!


Behavioral Health Sciences Program (BHS)

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.
As 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 at the South Mountain Community College campus. The program has several options for degree paths, as well as certificate options:

  1. Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS): 60-65 credits
  2. Advanced Certificate (CCL): 38 credits
  3. 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:

  1. Addiction & Substance Use Disorders
  2. Criminal Justice & Forensic Science
  3. Developmental Disabilities
  4. Infant & Early Child Mental Health
  5. Mental Health
  6. Trauma & Crisis Stabilization

Industry Certifications:

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

  1. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
  2. Mental Health First Aid
  3. Nonviolent Crisis Prevention & Intervention

For additional information regarding the Behavioral Health Sciences program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. William “Bill” Beverly at william.beverly@southmountaincc.edu.


CARE & Conduct Reporting

Maricopa County Community Colleges District offers an online system for reporting students of concern, academic misconduct, student code of conduct and Title IX violations. Please select the appropriate reporting form to route your submission to the responsible party. Take from MCCCD Reporting a Student of Concern, or a Student Conduct and/or Code Violation.
NOTE: If you have any questions about this form, please contact the Office of Compliance at 480-731-8848.

How to submit a report:

Select the appropriate reporting link:

CARE (Early Alert) Reporting

  1. Academic (need tutoring or additional resources to help with their classwork, etc.)
  2. Attendance related (not showing up or logging in for class on a regular basis, etc.)
  3. Non-academic issues (reports of homelessness, COVID-related issues, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, nutrition assistance, etc.)
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, or at risk of harming themselves or others, please immediately call 9-1-1 or the 24/7 Help Line at 602-222-9444 for immediate assistance.

Student Conduct Reporting (Public Incident Report)
This form can be used to report general student misconduct or student code violations (cheating, forging, plagiarism, violence, threats).
NOTE: If you are unsure of which form to choose, please use this form.

Discrimination & Sexual Harassment (Title IX) Reporting
This form is used to report discrimination or harassment based on protected categories as listed in the MCCCD administrative regulations (race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status).

  1. Complete the form to the best of your ability.
  2. Review & submit it.
  3. Follow up with the student about any additional resources or questions they might have.
  4. All enrolled students, as well as faculty and staff, can consult with an SMCC Counselor, at no charge. You can click here to make an appointment.

Office Contact Information

Fall 2021 Hours of Operation

Mon - Thu (In-person & Remote Service)
8:30am - 4:00pm

Fri (Remote Service Only)
8:30am - 4:00pm

To schedule an appointment, please click here.
You can reach us at counseling@southmountaincc.edu or 602-305-5608.