Clinical Counseling Center

The CMU Clinical Counseling Centers (CCC) in Sedalia and Columbia are the first training labs for the M.S. Clinical Counseling program. In collaboration with State Fair Community College in Sedalia and Moberly Area Community College in Columbia, the CCC is dedicated to providing wellness counseling services to students as it prepares the next generation of professional counselors. Clients may receive in-person or virtual counseling services to enhance their well-being in all areas of life.

If you are employed at an affiliated college partner and are interested in requesting a professional presentation or facilitated group discussion by CCC counseling interns, please complete the form.

Student Intern Counselors

The CCC is a student-staffed training center under the direct supervision of the clinical director. The student interns are graduate students in their second year of CMU's CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program. The practicum instructor, clinical supervisor, and the CCC Clinical Director are licensed counselors and closely work with the student interns.

Student interns are only allowed to practice within their scope of expertise; therefore, if it becomes evident that a client's presenting problem is beyond the intern's scope, the client will be referred to a licensed professional clinician in the community.

CCC Services

Effective March 30, 2020, We offer virtual counseling via Zoom. Appointments may be requested by emailing the CCC at ccc@centralmmethodist.edu  or by completing the appointment inquiriy form at the bottom of this page. We will respond to all appointment inquiries within 24-48 business hours. The provided electronic intake documentation must be completed before a new client session will be scheduled with one of our counseling student interns. 

Counseling will take place by one of our counseling student interns. All appointments will be monitored by a clinical director, who is a licensed professional counselor. Virtual sessions will NOT be recorded without the client's consent. For virtual sessions, due to Missouri state licensure laws for professional counselors, the client MUST be located within the state of Missouri at the time of the schedlued counseling session. Proof of location must be provided at the start of each virtual counseling session.

Hours of operation for Fall 2022:

Mondays 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Currently, the CCC offers free counseling and wellness sessions to employees and enrolled students of Central Methodist University, State Fair Community College, Moberly Area Community College, North Central Missouri College, Crowder College, and Jefferson College. The CCC is open from August to December for the fall semester and opens again in January until May. The CCC typically remains closed over the summer semester. 

Clients may seek counseling related to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Concern with motivation
  • Academic performance
  • Health and wellness
  • Coping strategies 
  • Sexual and/or gender identity concerns 
  • Couples and/or relationship concerns**

**Couples and/or relationship issues involving more than one person in a counseling at thte same time may be seen only if both parties are enrolled as students or employed at the colleges listed above.

We are Located

In person in Sedalia, the CCC is located on campus of State Fair Community College in Fielding Technical Center, Room 236. In Columbia, the CCC is located on campus of Moberly Area Community College in Suite 132. Virtually, we are accessible to any enrolled college student or employee at the colleges listed above, who will be located in Missouri at the time of their counseling session, and can access Zoom via an internet connection.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Appointments may be requested by emailing the CCC at ccc@centralmethodist.edu  or by completing the appointment inquiry form at the bottom of the page. 

What to expect when scheduling

You will receive a response back to your emailed appointment inquiry with login information to access an online Client Portal, which contains the intake paperwork documents. Once you complete all requested intake documents through your Client Portal, your provided availability will be used to assign you to a counseling intern. You will receive a date and time for your first session via email. You will receive an emailed appointment reminder 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. You will receive the Zoom meeting information in your Client Portal documents.

What to expect during your first session

During your initial session, the intern will take time to explain the counseling process and his or her role. If you are having a virtual counseling session, the Clinic Director will be introduced and their role explainted. In subsequent virtual counseling sessions, the Clinic Director will still be present, but with their microphone and camera turned off.

Clients will be asked at the beginning of the first session whether they give permission to have their session recorded for the counseling intern's training purposes. Clients will go over the completed intake paperwork and begin the counseling session. Clients will not be penalized if they do not give consent to record and will continue to receive counseling sessions.

Why record?

Student interns are counselors-in-training and recorded footage of their skills is imperative to the supervision process and the overall professional development of the student. No identifying information will be asked of you while on tape. Only the clinical director, the clinical supervisor, and the field experience group supervision class will be able to view the footage. All involved parties sign a confidentiality form that restricts them from discussion of any client-related information outside of the classroom or counseling setting.

Confidentiality

The primary reasons for breaking confidentiality are when a client reports a threat of harm to self, harm to others, child abuse, elder abuse, dependent adult abuse, or if subpoenaed. Clients may request to complete a release-of-information form providing the CCC with permission to release specific information to an identified outside party. 


Appointment Inquiry Form