The Counselor in Residence (CIR) program at UAB is a collaborative effort between Student Counseling Services (SCS) and Student Housing and Residence Life (SHRL) to increase access to mental health services by providing after-hours walk-in initial consultations with a clinical counselor. Intentionally placing a licensed clinical counselor within the residence hall is a proactive approach to decreasing barriers to mental health support and increasing the availability and ease of access to counseling services. 

Blazers, Let's Talk! Drop-In Hours

Monday – Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Friday, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Student Counseling Services continues to provide counseling appointments during limited business operations through distance counseling appointments. Blazers, Let's Talk! will be offered virtually via Zoom.

**Blazers, Let’s Talk is for on-campus residents only**

Blazers, Let's Talk

This service is designed to engage residential students by providing after hours walk-in initial consultations with the Counselor in Residence to discuss concerns and needs to allow for brief assessment and discussion of recommendations for services to best meet identified needs and concerns.


Blazers, Let's Talk! Drop-In Hours

Monday – Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Friday, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Student Counseling Services continues to provide counseling appointments during limited business operations through distance counseling appointments. Blazers, Let's Talk! will be offered virtually via Zoom.

How it works: Blazers, Let's Talk is for on-campus residents only. Residents can access Blazers, Let's Talk by clicking the link below to join the waiting room. Residents will be prompted to sign in using their Blazer ID credentials. Residents will be seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. Wait times may vary as Blazers, Let's Talk drop-in sessions can last between 15 - 20 minutes.

Before you join, make sure you are able to answer YES to the following questions:

  • Do you currently live on-campus in one of the 7 residence halls?
  • Are you in a private location that allows for confidentiality?

For more about Let's Talk, read about its development HERE.

Counselor in Residence

Interim Counselor in Residence

Franklin James, LPC

Purpose

The purpose of the CIR program is to support the academic and personal growth of residential students through the provision of on-site and easily accessible mental health services, including direct service delivery (short-term counseling) and consultation services to Residence Life staff. The CIR program aims to:

  • Increase access to mental health services by placing a licensed clinical counselor within the residence halls during after-hours.
  • Increase appropriate referrals to mental health support services.
  • Provide consultation services assist in addressing student concerns before it escalates to a crisis concern.

Services

Services provided by the CIR program will span four broad domains:

  • Counseling (walk-in, single session, brief counseling, group)
  • Consultation (including Student Housing &anp; Residence Life staff)
  • Outreach (Resiliency, Self-care, Suicide Prevention, etc.)
  • Emergency intervention and Crisis Care