The Office of Counseling and Disability Services (OCDS)

 

MISSION

The mission of the Office of Counseling & Disability Services (OCDS) is to provide confidential counseling and disability services that accommodate and serve the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of UDC-CC students.

 

SERVICES

The Office of Counseling & Disability Services provides two components of service:

  • Counseling Services

We provide support and referral services to students in the form of individual counseling, crisis intervention, workshops, and events for UDC-CC students dealing with transitions in life, stress, self-esteem, grief/loss/trauma, emotional/mental problems, relationship/family problems, addiction and substance abuse. These areas are a summary of the services we provide; however, students should contact us for questions regarding services that directly relate to the individual.

 

The Counseling Process & Confidentiality

 We welcome students to utilize our services. The first step to receiving OCDS’s counseling services is to speak with an OCDS Counselor. A UDC-CC student’s initial appointment will be a consultation and/or an intake. The role of counseling and the confines of confidentiality will also be discussed at the student’s initial appointment. It is then the student’s decision, during or after the appointment, whether to continue receiving services from OCDS. Information shared with an OCDS Counselor will be kept in strict confidence.

 


OCDS Programs

 

OCDS Wellness Program: A healthy lifestyle and self-care initiative for promoting wellness and advocacy among the UDC-CC community. The wellness program consists of events, workshops, classroom presentations, information sessions/tables/kiosks, safe sex education, and condom distribution services that address trends impacting college students. For requests of any of the above services, contact Ms. Avetta White at awhite@udc.edu or (202) 274-6173.

  • Disability Services

 

OCDS has the responsibility of providing reasonable accommodations to UDC-CC students with a documented disability in accordance to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students may present with a variety of disabilities such as, but not limited to, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd), learning disabilities (ld), psychological disorders, visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, and chronic health disorders. OCDS does not offer diagnostic testing or content tutoring, but can make referrals to community resources.  Some of the services offered may include: adaptive/assistive technology, interpreting services, lab/library assistance, letters to professors, note taking support, priority registration, and test accommodations.

 

Qualifications & Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

  1. Self-identify your disability;
  2. Provide documentation of your disability;
  3. Follow established institutional procedures;
  4. Request accommodations in a timely manner each semester by meeting with an OCDS Counselor; and,
  5.  Notify OCDS Counselor if there are difficulties with securing accommodations or with the quality of the accommodations.

For more information contact Mrs. Desiree Foster-Jackson at desiree.fosterjackso@udc.edu or (202) 274-6213.

 

EMERGENCIES

If you are currently experiencing a medical/mental health emergency or are concerned about your own safety or the safety of someone else, please do not delay.  Call 911 for immediate assistance or report to the nearest emergency room or police station.

 

Contact

OCDS Office Hours:

(Office Hours are subject to change)

Monday-Wednesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

* OCDS hours are from 9 am-5 pm during UDC-CC break periods (i.e., winter, spring and summer breaks)

  

OCDS Staff:

 

Avetta M. White, M.A.

Counselor, LPC, NCC

University of the District of Columbia

Community College-801 N. Capitol St. Campus

2nd Floor, Room 219

(202) 274-6173

awhite@udc.edu

 

Desiree Foster-Jackson, M.A.

Rehabilitation Counselor

University of the District of Columbia

Community College-801 N. Capitol St. Campus

2nd Floor, Room 218

(202) 274-6213

desiree.fosterjackso@udc.edu