Office of Wellness

Introduction, Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Office of Wellness is to provide excellent mental health services to the students of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law.

The counseling services offered to law students are designed to assist them with personal, academic, occupational, social and emotional problems that interfere with students’ personal growth and development. The Office of Wellness can assist students with minor psychological distress as well as students with more serious psychological problems that require more comprehensive psychological and/or psychiatric evaluations.

Wellness

Wellness is balance. The dimensions of wellness are our responses to the stimuli that we encounter on a daily basis. These dimensions are intellectual, occupational, spiritual, physical, emotional, and social. When these dimensions are altered we experience tension and frustration. Therefore, we must attend to each of these dimensions of wellness so that we experience the sum of the parts that creates well-being.

Personal Counseling

People receive counseling for a variety of reasons. However, many often hesitate to seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. What you should know is that we ALL need a source of support at one time or another. People sometimes feel ashamed to seek counseling services because they feel that they should be able to handle it on their own, they experience guilt about a particular difficulty or have a fear that seeing a counselor will appear on official records.

Typically, clients request counseling services specific to anxiety, depression, procrastination, grief, self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders and varying other personal issues. The Office of Wellness is focused on presenting opportunities for clients to make changes in how they perceive and react to the problem. This also involves changing self-defeating behaviors and focusing on personal strengths and abilities.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality of the client-counselor relationship is assured. Confidentiality can only be broken in specific situations. That is, when the client discloses harm to self and/or others, when there is a subpoena to breach confidentiality and when the client authorizes the release of information.

Counseling Process

Making an appointment

Dr. Kamala Uzzell, the Director of Wellness, is a licensed, national certified mental health clinician. Her office is located on the ground floor of the Turner Law Building in Room 36 of the Legal Clinic. Introductory sessions are scheduled via phone (919-530-5156), in person, by email (kuzzell@nccu.edu) or by referral form (forms are located outside of Dr. Uzzell’s office).

Students may be referred by faculty, staff, another student or by self-referral for counseling and/or consultation services. Appointments can be typically scheduled on the same day or within the same week of request.

Initial session

The first session is often the information gathering session. It details the reason for counseling, thoughts and feelings about the problem, expected goals and other psycho-social information relevant to the problem. A decision will be made by referral form whether to schedule subsequent sessions or refer for additional services.

Ongoing therapy

If both the client and clinician agree to begin ongoing therapy, future appointments are scheduled. The sessions are typically once a week for 30 minutes. Other considerations may effect this schedule (i.e., psychiatric services, group services, etc.) and the number of sessions will be adjusted according to client need.

Psychological Emergencies

If an emergency should arise during regular business hours, contact the Director of Wellness, if no response is received, contact the University Counseling Center at 919-530-7646. After hours emergencies should contact the University Campus Police at 919-530-6106.

Disability Accommodations

If you are a student with a disability (physical, psychological, learning disability, etc.) and would like to request accommodations, you are required to register with Student Support Services by contacting Kesha Lee, Director, at 919-530-6325 or klee@nccu.edu

Counseling Center

The NCCU Counseling Center is staffed by counselors and mental health professionals who specialize in individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, substance abuse prevention and intervention, and anger management. For more information, visit the Counseling Center website.

BarCARES

The BarCARES program was created as a no-cost way of helping to locate assistance in dealing with any problems that might be causing you distress. The goal is to help you find the resources to ease the stress that interferes in your life. NCCU School of Law is pleased to offer this program to its students and faculty.

The BarCARES Program is there to help you and your family members, providing confidential assistance and brief, solution oriented counseling.

The program can be used for problems such as:

  • Personal issues (crisis intervention, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, financial concerns, and career   counseling)
  • Family issues (marriage or relationship issues, children or adolescents, parenting, family conflict)
  • Work Functions (professional stressors, course related stress, conflict resolution)

You can become part of the BarCARES program by contacting the BarCARES Coordinator at 800-640-0735.