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Counselors in Academic Residence Program (CARE)

CARE is a program of the Counseling and Mental Health Center that was created in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. CARE counselors are located within the colleges they serve. They are licensed mental health professionals and work with students who have been referred by faculty and staff.

CARE’s primary mission is to provide access to mental health support for students who are struggling emotionally and/or academically. Our presence normalizes the counseling process and makes us readily available for services. We decrease barriers by assisting students in a location that is familiar and convenient for them. CARE counselors get to know the concerns that are unique to their college’s students. They integrate in the college and provide support and consultation on mental health issues for advisors, faculty and dean’s staff.

CARE offers the following:

  • Short-term individual counseling sessions
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Education about mental health issues for staff, faculty, and students
  • Streamlined referral process to mental health professionals in the Austin community
  • Consultation for academic partners

Common reasons student seek a CARE referral:

More information

For more information regarding the CARE Program, we encourage you to meet with the counselor designated for your area during their office hours. You can locate their office hours, contact information and location on the webpage dedicated to the CARE counselor assigned to your area in the menu on this page. Alternatively, you may contact Laura Dupuis, LCSW, at 512-475-6914 for further assistance.

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