Counseling & Support Services

Students Walking by Student Center

Counseling & Support Services

Are you trying to determine what you want to do for a career?  Are you interested in transferring and earning a bachelor's degree?  Do you just need to talk to someone about your classes?

Located in Eddy Hall, Counseling and Support Services provide you with the help you may need to clarify and successfully complete your academic and career goals.  If you are on the Yreka campus, check in the main office for details or visit our Yreka Services page. We are here to support your education and help you plan for a successful future.

Please stop by if you are in need of career planning assistance, goal setting, academic planning and/or coping with personal problems.

Summer 2015 Hours

Summer hours for Counseling and Support Services:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: Closed

To obtain an appointment please call (530) 938-5353 or you may e-mail us at

The Counseling Department is comprised of the programs and services listed on the left.

Contact counseling & Support services

Counseling & Support Services   (530) 938-5353


Sunny Greene, DSPS Director/Counselor, LD Specialist, and General Counselor

Denis Hagarty, General/Veterans/Athletics Counselor

Kim Peacemaker, Yreka Campus Counselor

Valerie Roberts, Interim Associate Dean of Student Success


Josh Collins, General Advising

Blaine Smith, General Advising/Upward Bound Academic Coordinator

Pat Kushwara, Student Support Services (SSS) Coordinator/Advisor

Shannon Eller, EOPS/CARE Coordinator/Advisor, Foster Youth Liaison


Donna Farris, DSPS LD Paraprofessional/Alternative Media Specialist

Martha Gentry, Counseling Services Reception

Linda Rogers, DSPS Administrative Specialist & Eligibility Process

Alicia Sampaio, DSPS Program Specialist/General Assessment

Cindy Smith, EOPS Eligibility/Support Program Administrative Specialist


Supporting Stressed Students During Finals

All it Takes is 5 Minutes

With the school year coming to an end, students may feel overwhelmed with the added stress of final exams and additional coursework. As educators, we strive to support students in need of both academic and emotional assistance, but students have the greatest opportunity to look for signs of distress in one another.

As someone who has already taken a course to support student mental health, you are in an ideal position to train others. All it takes is five minutes of classroom time to increase the safety net for  students in a relevant and engaging way. 

Here's how:

• Show a 3-minute video walk through of At-Risk in class

• Provide log-in instructions for the 30-minute student version: and create a new account (there are links lower on this page as well)

• Collect Certificate of Completion as proof of participation if you would like to offer extra credit


You can also use this discussion guide to lead a classroom discussion and reflect on what students have learned.

Make your students aware that they have access to on-campus or community resources on the "Local Resources" tab within each of the courses. They can also find more tips and take the other training simulations while they're at it.

If you are concerned for a student's immediate safety, call Student Life, a crisis hotline, or 911. 

Mental Health Trainings- How to Help Students in Distress

Supporting Veterans, LGBTQ students, and Students in Distress
Online Training Simulations for Faculty, Staff, & Students
These free, online interactive trainings are designed to help college faculty, staff, and students recognize the warning signs of emotional distress and PTSD in students that can lead to self-harm and/or harm to others.

The trainings will provide learners ways to approach at-risk students, veteran students, and/or LGBTQ

students for referral to the appropriate mental health, administrative and/or student services.

Each training takes about 30-60 minutes and engages learners in conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars that exhibit signs of psychological distress.

Check out the videos below for a short demonstration!

For At-Risk for Faculty & Staff:

For At-Risk for Students:

For Veterans on Campus for Faculty & Staff:

Trainings for Students to Help Other Students


Trainings for Faculty & Staff to Help Students

Local Resources

At Risk Students
Veterans on Campus
LGBTQ on Campus

These trainings are made available to all California community colleges through the CCC Student Mental Health Program, a partnership between the Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges funded through a grant from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA administers programs funded by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) on a statewide, regional and local basis.