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    Hello!

    I’d like to introduce myself to the BCIT community.  My name is Colleen Cech and I am the new Student Assistant Counselor (SAC) here at BCIT - Westampton Campus.  I am new to BCIT but not new to the SAC role or to working with youth and their families.  I am a clinical social worker by trade and have spent most of my career in the individual and family therapy world.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Syracuse University, where I was also a member to the SU field hockey team for four years.  I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers-Camden and subsequently became a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), practicing in the south Jersey region. I went on to obtain my SAC certification from TCNJ and I transitioned from the mental-behavioral health sector to the public education system.  Through schools, I am able to bring valuable mental health experience, knowledge of community supports for appropriate referrals and linkage, when needed, and also provide counseling services (individual and group) to students.

     

    SAC counseling services are a confidential support for students- primarily focused on drug/alcohol and mental/behavioral health issues.  Students are referred to the SAC by the counselors, educators, administrators, parents and/or student self-referrals.     

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     In addition to individual and group counseling services, I will be responsible for universal and targeted prevention programming and interventions throughout the school year.

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    In my free time, I love spending time with my three daughters and two dogs at home.  I also enjoy getting out and about, by exploring fun, community activities with my girls (parks, theater, library, and more), and coaching their sports teams.  Besides my three daughters, three other things I enjoy the most are music, food and exercising.  My free time is spent attending concerts, trying new restaurants or sampling my husband's home-cooked cuisine, and staying physically active.  I fully believe in the power of the mind-body connection, that physical fitness is a vital component to staying happy, healthy and motivated to live your best, most productive life.

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    I will be updating my website (see google link below) with further referral information and community service resources. In addition, you can reach me at 609-267-4226 ext 8232 or ccech@burlcoschools.org.

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    Primary crisis/screening center – Burlington County

    Drenk Behavioral Health Center SCIP

    218 A Sunset Road Willingboro, NJ 08046

    HOTLINE: (609) 835-6180

    http://www.burlingtonresourcenet.org/search/drenk-center/

     

    In-home services/response

    Perform Care/Mobile Response

    (877) 652-7624

    http://www.performcarenj.org/families/index.aspx

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