Yale College Community Care (YC3), a new program now available to undergraduates, expands mental health and wellness support by devoting eight new full-time staff members to support Yale College’s diverse student population. Together with a separate staffing increase of six full-time positions in the department of Mental Health and Counseling, the YC3 program expands the types and settings for therapy and makes it easier and faster for students to get counseling. Together, both expansions will add 14 full-time staff positions.
In addition to the treatment that remains available to students in the department of Mental Health and Counseling, the YC3 program offers students new options for support through its four College Care Clinicians and four Community Wellness Specialists. All of them meet with individual students and with groups. Along with their own services, they provide a pathway for students who are thinking about pursuing more formal, ongoing therapy through Mental Health and Counseling. Students can schedule YC3 appointments directly.
College Care Clinicians are licensed clinical psychologists and licensed social workers who are available to meet with students in locations near the residential colleges for drop-in clinical care. The YC3 clinicians are part of the Mental Health and Counseling staff, and meetings with them are confidential. They also work closely with the rest of the YC3 team on common issues and community programming.
Community Wellness Specialists are available to meet in the residential colleges with students who want to work on practical strategies for overall well-being. They are part of Yale College’s Student Affairs Office and work together with heads, deans, first-year counselors, and peer liaisons as members of the residential college’s support team. The tools and approaches they offer can be used alongside therapy or on their own. The YC3 specialists can also connect students to other resources throughout the university.
Mental Health and Counseling continues to offer treatment to students who would like to pursue formal therapy in a clinical setting, and the new staff expansion will make it easier and faster for students to be seen. Students can always call (203) 432-0290 during regular business hours to schedule appointments. They can also call that same number any time, day or night, to speak to a clinician immediately.
Although the formal YC3 launch is scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year, the program is already available to students. Two of its four College Care Clinicians and two of its four Community Wellness Specialists have been hired and supporting students since the start of the spring 2021 semester and later in the rollout, groups and events will be available. Student groups and individual students have been providing feedback during this initial stage, and the YC3 program will continue to incorporate student ideas as it continues its rollout.
These two expansions have been made possible by the generous support of anonymous donors and the offices of the president and the provost.