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.


Full-time OTC employees may attend five free counseling sessions each year as part of the college’s insurance plan. Through this new agreement with Burrell Behavioral Health, that same benefit is now extended to part-time staff and faculty members.

For more information on what Burrell On Campus can do for you please contact Reed Bisso, Licensed Professional Counselor  at  or call  417-447-6963.

OTC offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Cox Healthcare to all full-time employees through Magellan Healthcare:

Full-time OTC Employees may call Magellan Healthcare at 1-800-269-6014 to speak to licensed professionals to address personal or family issues, substance abuse, anger management and other emotional health problems that impact health, well-being and job performance.

If you are a part-time employee who is seeking mental-health resource recommendations, our Counseling Services staff has many referral recommendations for practitioners in the community. For a list of these referrals, please email

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: