The Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic
The Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a wide variety of resources for both counseling students and community members at large. The Clinic facilities, housed on the second floor of the Ferguson Building on the UNCG campus, provide ample opportunity for counseling, supervision, play therapy, and scheduled meetings. The Clinic is comprised of 27 rooms, available for a variety of purposes. There also are two conference rooms which seat up to 12 for meetings or classes. Twelve rooms are designed to allow students the space and facilities to conduct counseling and counseling-related activities. Of these rooms, eight are direct observation rooms complete with one-way mirrors; most have videotaping capabilities. The spacious observation deck and videotaping capabilities allow for live supervision and student observations. Students may rent videotapes from the Vacc Clinic staff for their individual use. All videotapes are kept secure on site and are not allowed to leave the Clinic premises for confidentiality reasons. Students may view their videotapes in the Clinic during its normal operating hours.
The Clinic not only provides rooms for counseling and counseling-related experiences; it also houses several resources for the counseling student. Two large graduate assistant offices located in the Clinic are used by doctoral students with clinic-related responsibilities. The Clinic houses a test library that contains many current tests and instruction manuals used in the counseling field. Whether for a class assignment, a doctoral dissertation, or simply to further personal knowledge, students are able to access materials to become more familiar with test administration and interpretation. The Clinic also maintains an extensive resource library of textbooks, reference guides, and numerous counseling-related journals which a student may use to assist their growth as a clinician, researcher, and academic.
The Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic is not only a resource for counseling students, but also a resource for the University student body (undergraduate and graduate) and the surrounding community-at-large.
Each year the Clinic staff work closely with the Office of Student Affairs to assist in providing services for both alcohol/other drug use and anger management. Students who have violated the University’s alcohol and/or drug policy may be referred to the Substance Information Program (SIP), which offers both psycho-educational seminars and individual clinical assessments. The seminar engages participants in information about alcohol use among college populations using a social norming approach. The assessment processes is for violations that may be indicative of greater risk for abuse and provides individualized evaluation and feedback using a standardized instrument, the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI). The Clinic also provides analogous assessment, educational and counseling services through our Anger Management Program (AMP) using the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI) to help identify helpful alternatives for expressing anger.
The Making Better Choices seminar is geared toward enhancing productive and ethical decision-making. This two hour class is conducted in a small-group, interactive format to allow students the opportunity to discuss how they currently make decisions and to process as a group how to improve their skills. Led by counseling interns, the seminar teaches an innovative decision making model that students can explore and apply to their personal experiences.
All services are focused on positive outcomes for the student and allow Clinic staff to utilize evidence-based interventions related to these issues.
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We are located on the second floor of the Ferguson Building on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Our physical address is 524 Highland Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27412. Free clinic parking is conveniently located adjacent to the Ferguson Building. Click here for directions to campus (http://parking.uncg.edu/
223 Ferguson Building
The Clinic offers the following services:
For UNCG and Greensboro Community Members:
- Individual, group, and couples counseling
- Career assessments and career counseling
- Play therapy
- Specialized presentations, training, and consultations available upon request
For the UNCG Student Community:
- Substance Information Program (SIP) assessments and seminars
- Anger Management Program (AMP) assessments and seminars
- Making Better Choices and Civilities seminars
The Clinic serves a variety of purposes and populations. The main focus is the education of our students and the honing of their clinical skills. Students are able to observe counseling sessions, practice their own skills, and provide and receive supervision services in the Clinic. Typically, faculty and doctoral students supervise master’s students, and doctoral supervisors are supervised directly by counseling faculty. These activities are provided in the context of practicum activities, which are a part of each student’s class work requirements while in the counseling program. As pictured here, entire classes are able to observe and critique counseling and supervision sessions from our large observation deck.
The Clinic also serves a variety of client populations through its many clinical services. Clinic staff, including the Clinic Director, clinical interns, and graduate assistants, provide services to UNCG students and individuals in the community through individual, couple, family, child, career, and group counseling. Counseling and psycho-education are provided, depending on client need and staff expertise. Groups may be formed around a variety of topics such as women’s issues, depression, anxiety, grief, communication skills, and relationship issues. Comprehensive career assessments and career counseling sessions are available on a regular basis.
Each year the Clinic staff work closely with the Office of Student Affairs to assist in providing services for both alcohol/other drug use and anger management. Students who have violated the University’s alcohol and/or drug policy may be referred to the Substance Information Program (SIP), which offers psycho-educational classes and individual clinical assessments. The Clinic also provides assessment, educational and counseling services through our Anger Management Program (AMP). The Making Better Choices seminar is geared toward enhancing productive and ethical decision-making and the Civilities workshop helps promote civil behavior among campus members. Both of these workshop help to foster a community care across our campus. All services are focused on positive outcomes for the student and allow Clinic staff to utilize evidence-based interventions related to these issues.
Consulting services for the University, community agencies, businesses, and other organizations are available through the Clinic. Recent contracts include crisis intervention stress debriefing for businesses and schools experiencing on-site crisis-based events or tragic deaths of a staff member, training workshops for local colleges on gay and lesbian issues, student leadership training programs, and clinical supervision training workshops. We also have teamed up with campus programs, such as the School of Nursing College Bound Sisters Program and the Student Academic Success Office to provide counseling services for individuals and groups in the community.
In addition, the Clinic offers a full line of testing instruments that often are utilized to assess or enhance counseling services.
Lastly, the Clinic supports the research focus of the Department. Through the Clinic, students and faculty members make live observations and videorecordings for analysis and collect research data.
To inquire about services offered, fee structure, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Clinic at (336) 334-5112. The Clinic attempts to provide affordable services by utilizing a sliding-scale fee for all counseling sessions. All inquiries will be handled on an individual case basis, depending on availability of services.
Clinic Staff and Graduate Assistantships
The operation and success of the Clinic depend heavily on counseling students who work in various clinical positions. Each academic year select students are chosen to fill internship and graduate assistantship appointments. Typically, master’s-level students serve as Clinic Resource Assistants, and are responsible for screening, scheduling, and recording sessions. At the doctoral level, graduate assistants are responsible for outreach, special projects, and group, individual, couple, and family counseling services. Clinic staff members also work closely with the Office of Student Affairs to provide services for the Substance Information Program, Anger Management Program, and the Making Better Choices curriculum. Each year a graduate assistant acts as coordinator of these programs, which are aimed at working with students of the University who may need additional support to succeed within the University setting. Also available are internship opportunities at the master’s and doctoral level with appropriate staff and faculty supervision. In addition, the Clinic offers the Jack Bardon Fellowship to one master’s or doctoral level student each academic year. This Fellowship provides a carefully chosen intern with a stipend for the internship in the Clinic.
The Counseling and Consulting Clinic attempts to accommodate the needs of the counseling program and the community by providing a flexible schedule. Hours change on a semester basis, so please contact the staff to verify the hours.
General operating hours:
Fall & Spring Hours
Monday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am -8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm