Counseling Services will provide presentations on topics that may include but are not limited to:

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Test Anxiety
  • Time Management
  • Healthy Relationships

OTCCares is a set of resources for faculty, staff and students that OTC established to protect the health and safety of our community at OTC. Maintaining a safe environment allows students to focus on their education and get the most out of their time at the college.
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is one of the resources of OTCCares. The BIT is designed to reach out to students who seem to be hurting or struggling, and to help maintain a safe campus by intervening when potential red flag behaviors are identified. Reporting the issues of concern can assist the BIT in connecting students with the appropriate resources. Additional information on the OTC Behavioral Intervention Team can also be found on the OTCCares link.

All OTC employees have access to the services of licensed professionals to address behavioral health concerns. These concerns may include personal or family issues, substance abuse, anger management and other emotional health problems that impact health, well-being and job performance.

Full-time employees may participate in five free counseling sessions each year through Magellan Healthcare, OTC’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. Please visit OTC’s Human Resources web pages and click on the Employee Benefits button to access contact information for the Employee Assistance Program. Full-time employees may also seek behavioral health services through our Coxhealth insurance provider.

Part-time employees, including adjunct faculty, may access behavioral health services through OTC’s partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health. To make an appointment or gather additional information, contact Burrell at 417-893-7963 and identify yourself as an OTC employee with grantor number 8000268.

OTC’s Counseling Services and Human Resources teams are available to provide additional consultation and guidance for any employee who has questions about behavioral health services or who is looking for additional community referral recommendations.

Counseling Services will assist with emergencies such as suicide attempts, suicide threats, reports of sexual assault, physical assault, domestic/dating violence and natural disasters.

Students and/or employees in crisis can visit or call the Counseling Services department during regular business (417-447-6974, ICW 219 on the Springfield Campus) and/or contact OTC’s Safety & Security staff (417-447-6911) at all college locations.

When the college is closed, those in crisis are instructed to contact 911 or an appropriate crisis hotline: