Mar 22, 2023  
2022-2023 University Student Handbook 
2022-2023 University Student Handbook

Behavioral Health and Wellness

ATSU Behavioral Health & Wellness (BH&W) is for more than just a student’s behavioral or emotional health. BHWC plays a critical role in maximizing a students’ educational potential by helping them deal with barriers to learning stemming from emotional or personal concerns. BHWC allows students to get the most of their professional education.


AAll client records created and maintained by the university’s BHWCs must be maintained for a period of seven (7) years after the last date of service. Security, retention and permanent destruction of all records must be in compliance with the state regulatory agency for the location of service. All records of student interactions with BHWC are kept confidential and are not disclosed to other persons or agencies without the student’s consent. The only exceptions to maintaining confidentiality are:

  1. clear and imminent danger to self and/or others
  2. strong suspicion of physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect of a minor or incapacitated adult
  3. a court order is issued by a judge

No mention of counseling with BHWC will be included in a student’s academic record. BH&W staff adhere to the ethical codes of the American Counseling Association, National Association of Social Workers, and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Scheduling an Appointment

Students may schedule an appointment either online ( or by contacting the office directly. Scheduling links are also included in the counselors’ contact information below.

Suicide Prevention/Mental Health First Aid

Ask/Listen/Refer (ALR)
ATSU’s suicide prevention training program, Ask/Listen/Refer, was designed to help students prevent suicide by teaching students to: identify people at risk for suicide; recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide; and respond to and get help for people at risk. To take the ALR course go to: and complete the self-spaced online training.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
QPR is a 1 hour certification training that helps individuals assist someone experiencing or developing thoughts of suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper training in the world.

To complete QPR, contact Olivia DeLeon, MPH, Assistant Director of Wellness at

Contact Behavioral Health and Wellness 

Sarah Thomas, EdD, MSW, LCSW, Director, Behavioral Health & Wellness
Telephone: 660.626.2424
ATSU Gutensohn Clinic, 3rd Floor Room 304


For students located in Missouri:
Phil Jorn, MA LPC, Behavioral Health & Wellness Counselor
Telephone: 660.626.2751
ATSU Gutensohn Clinic, 3rd Floor Room 304

For students located in Arizona:
Desirai Browning, MAS, LAMFT, Behavioral Health & Wellness Counselor
Telephone: 480-626-6170
5845 Building, suite 213

Karen Taylor, MS, LPC, NCC, Behavioral Health & Wellness Counselor
Telephone: 480-265-8069
5845 Building, suite 213

For students living in anywhere in the United States:
TimelyCare at ATSU provides virtual care at no-charge for all ATSU residential students (includes KCOM, MOSDOH, ASHS, ASDOH, SOMA, California-PA):

  • 24/7 Mental health support
  • 24/7 on-demand & scheduled medical visits
  • Schedule virtual health coaching
  • Scheduled counseling (up to 12 visits/year)
  • Psychiatry (by referral from ATSU Behavioral Health & Wellness)
  • Digital self-care content to include yoga, guided meditation, and more.

Got to or download the TimelyCare app and sign in with your ATSU email address. Timely Care Customer Service: 833-4-TIMELY