The Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Counseling Center has welcomed new staff and enhanced programming on the heels of another successful re-accreditation.
The Counseling Center, led by co-directors Tasha Prosper and Molly Schamel, has been re-accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS), the authorization association for university and college counseling centers. The Colleges’ Counseling Center was evaluated for its compliance with the ACS Standards, the highest standards available for campus counseling centers, and was found to offer outstanding professional services to students. IACS applauded the Colleges’ evolution of afterhours care, availability of an on-campus psychiatrist, and the addition of new staff members.
Joining the Counseling Center are counselors Katy Wolfe Kelliher ’11 and Susan Townsend. Wolfe Kelliher graduated from William Smith with a BA in English and Africana studies and completed her MSW at Washington University in St. Louis. A master social worker specializing in trauma work, prior to joining the Counseling Center, Wolfe Kelliher worked at Eastern New Mexico University’s Counseling Services Department. There, as a Wellness Counselor, she provided individual therapy for students as well as outreach services for ENMU’s campus and the greater community. At Hobart and William Smith, she runs the Mindfulness group.
Townsend is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) and a graduate of Syracuse University’s MSW program. Her areas of specialty and interest include anxiety and panic disorders, PTSD, vicarious trauma, grief and loss, anger management and supporting First Responders. Prior to HWS, she provided substance abuse and mental health therapy at a local outpatient agency. Townsend will be facilitating the DBT-Emotion Regulation group.
In addition, the Counseling Center, which has provided after-hours crisis response as needed in the past, launched a 24/7 crisis hotline in Fall 2019. The service makes connecting with a crisis counselor more accessible, with crisis counselors available by calling the Counseling Center directly or through the Office of Campus Safety.
IACS began in the late 1940s when the organization started as a Committee of the National Vocational Guidance Association. IACS was established as an association in 1972 to encourage and aid counseling services to meet high professional standards through peer evaluation and to inform the public about campus counseling services that are competent and reliable.