The mission of the Counseling & Advocacy Center is to provide services which help students overcome life challenges to achieve academic success and attain their educational goals. We provide a full array of counseling services including personal, mental health, substance abuse, career, academic and relationship concerns. We offer crisis intervention including victim and gender advocacy, services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students, prevention and education programs and a Women and Gender Resource Library. 

Counseling Services

Sometimes life’s challenges feel overwhelming. The Counseling & Advocacy Center can help you develop answers to personal difficulties through short term individual counseling. We provide support for you to find solutions and feel better. Some concerns that students seek counseling for include:

  • Academic Stress
  • Relationship Problems
  • Career Guidance
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Let's Talk

Let’s Talk allows KCKCC college students to check in via telehealth for an informal and confidential individual consultation with a KCKCC counselor. Counselors can listen to a specific problem, provide insight, support and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of the counseling team.

Learn More About Let's Talk

Women and Gender Advocacy Services

Specialized care is provided through our Women and Gender Advocacy services. Advocacy services include many personal supports and education programs for persons of all genders on issues such as violence prevention, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, affectional orientation and gender identity. We provide information and individual assistance which permits students to explore gender concerns from gender identity to gender equity and discover answers that fit their career objectives and personal values. Women’s advocacy services enables women to overcome the experience of gender discrimination and abuse.  Through our Women and Gender Resource Library, women are empowered to understand and address many gender concerns including life balance and relationship equity.

Violence Prevention and Gender Advocacy Services

Sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking are all crimes of power and control.  They are a violation of Title IX protections for students and not tolerated on our campus. If you are the victim of one of these crimes, we can help you reclaim your power through nonjudgmental support and advocacy. As a survivor, you have the right to decide who to talk to and choose if and when to report the assault; you decide how you want to proceed.

LGBTQIA Services

The Counseling & Advocacy Center is a strong ally for members of the LGBTQIA community. We advise the OQS Diversity Club, our gay-straight Alliance on campus. We provide support including:

  • Title IX Assistance
  • Individual Counseling

Education and Advocacy

Addressing issues of concern to students through educational programs is an essential part of the work of the Counseling & Advocacy Center. Our counselors are available to provide workshops and programs to create awareness and understanding on a broad range of advocacy, mental health and healthy lifestyle issues.  We provide education through:

  • Women’s Resource Library
  • Workshops and Events
  • The Inclusive Voice Newsletter
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Self-care for student success

Crisis Intervention

When a person is in crisis, their ability to act and think clearly is impaired and they struggle to cope with problems.  Crisis situations may include but are not limited to:

  • Suicidal or Self Harming thoughts
  • News of the death of a loved one
  • Experiencing a traumatic event
  • Physical or Sexual Assault
  • Relationship Violence
  • Unexpected setbacks that are overwhelming

The Counseling & Advocacy Center is not a 24 hour mental health agency. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Jewell Building, Room 3371.  If you are experiencing a crisis situation during office hours, you can walk in to our office or call 913-288-7640 and ask to speak to a counselor. 

If you are in need of crisis support after 4:30 p.m. or during the weekend or when the college is closed you can access help in these ways:

The KCKCC Student Assistance Program (SAP) can provide care 24/7/365. You can speak with a licensed counselor by calling 1-800 292-2870 or by visiting  and use code KCKCC.

For local crisis intervention access please contact:

  • KCKCC College Police | 913-288-7636
  • Mental Health Crisis Line – Wyandot Center | 913-788-4200
  • KU Med Center Emergency Room – 3901 Rainbow Blvd. Kansas City, KS
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline | 800-273-8255
  • Trevor Lifeline - Suicide Prevention for LGBT youth l 866-488-7386