Apr 20, 2019  
2018-19 University Student Handbook 
2018-19 University Student Handbook

Behavioral Health Wellness Counseling

ATSU Behavioral Health Wellness Counseling (BHWC) is for more than 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.


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, or 3) a court order is issued by a judge.  No mention of counseling with BHWC will be included in a student’s academic record.  

BHWC staff adheres to the ethical code of the American Counseling Association and National Association of Social Workers.

Scheduling an Appointment

Students may schedule an appointment either online (booknow.appointment-plus.com/12ecx4cm/) or by contacting the office directly.

Suicide Prevention/Mental Health First Aid

Ask/Listen/Refer (ALR)
ATSU’s suicide prevention training program, Ask/Listen/Refer (ALR), was designed to help students prevent suicide by teaching students to:

  • identify people at risk for suicide;
  • recognize 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: http://www.asklistenrefer.org/atsu and complete the self-guided online training.

Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an eight (8) hour certification training that helps people assist someone experiencing or developing a behavioral health or substance use-related crisis. In Mental Health First Aid, people learn risk factors and warning signs for behavioral health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. To become certified in Mental Health First Aid, contact a member of the Behavioral Health Wellness Counseling staff.”

Contact Behavioral Health Wellness Counseling

Art Davalos-Matthews, MA LPC
Behavioral Health Wellness Counselor

E-mail: amatthews@atsu.edu
Telephone: 480.219.6170
Building 5845, 2nd Floor Suite 213

Thom Van Vleck, MA LPC
Behavioral Health Wellness Counselor

E-mail: tvanvleck@atsu.edu
Telephone: 660.626.2138
ATSU Gutensohn Clinic, 3rd Floor Room 304

Sarah Thomas, MSW, LCSW
Behavioral Health Wellness Counselor
E-mail: snthomas@atsu.edu
Telephone: 660.626.2751
ATSU Gutensohn Clinic, 3rd Floor Room 304

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