Rebecca "Becca" Smith has been named assistant director of the Counseling Center at Valdosta State University. Smith has served Valdosta State as a counselor since 2012 and assumed the assistant director position on June 1.
With more than 15 years of experience in her field, Smith is a nationally certified counselor and is licensed as a professional and clinical professional counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business and a Master of Arts in mental health counseling.
As assistant director, Smith will provide clinical supervision to counselor trainees and other professional staff as needed; assist with developing policies and procedures for the Counseling Center; provide outreach presentations to the campus community; provide crisis intervention; and provide individual, group and couples counseling. She also oversees the center's website and maintains its social media pages.
"I hope to help the Counseling Center grow in new and innovative ways so we can continue to provide excellent services for our campus community, especially our students," said Smith. "Personally this position means I am trusted as a leader and someone my colleagues can count on especially in a crisis situation. I am grateful for their respect and support."
Smith will also work closely alongside the center's director, Dr. Tricia Hale, to provide in-service training and professional development for staff and faculty. "I am really excited to have Becca as our assistant director," said Hale. "She is a seasoned clinician and a strong leader. She has been instrumental in creating our social media outreach to the students at VSU. I know that she will continue to use her gifts and talents to help the Counseling Center continue to evolve to best serve our changing student population."
The Counseling Center's mission is to provide various mental health services to the university community aimed at maximizing the personal growth and development of its members. The center regularly provides counseling and 24-hour crisis intervention and houses the university's Office of Alcohol Other Drug Education and the Office of Health Promotions.