Embedded Therapist Model Piloted at Woodring

We are excited to announce the launch of our new program to improve access to mental health services for our students. This program is aimed at placing mental health professionals in spaces across campus that are harder to access, so students can access help more easily.

We interviewed Sarah Godoy, the Director of Counseling with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and Jaclyn Johnson, our Embedded Therapist in Woodring with Master's in Clinical Psychology, LMFT. Together, they shared their vision for this program and how it will benefit Woodring's students, staff, and faculty.

Sarah is very passionate about pursuing an embedded model to promote the idea that health happens everywhere. Thanks to her partnership with Woodring College of Education's Dean Kevin Roxas, one of the most vocal deans regarding mental health services, Woodring is the first academic college at WWU to pilot this program. Sarah hopes to make it a permanent position if it proves successful and beneficial.

Jaclyn, who has experience as an embedded therapist in San Diego Unified School District, shared her insights on the importance of preventative work through mindfulness. By meeting student needs and accessing education, she believes we can better understand how struggle and trauma look like in a classroom. Jaclyn is excited to be available for students and to bridge communication to support the students' needs and give them a voice with professors and staff. She also emphasizes the importance of teaching subtle and easy ways for teachers to be mindful and calm, which will help students as well.

With this program, students can access Jacyln's services in Miller Hall 250A in the Dean's Suite. Students still have the option of going to Old Main. Additionally, there will be specific workshops and therapy groups, as well as training for staff and faculty to better understand student needs.

We are proud to say that 96% of our students feel that they wouldn't feel stigma from their communities if they sought out mental health services. With this new program, we hope to provide even more support to our students and further reduce any stigma surrounding mental health.

Jaclyn will be available for direct contact if any concerns arise. We are committed to ensuring our students' mental health needs are met and are excited to see this program come to life. Stay tuned for more updates on this program!


Jaclyn's Current Schedule:

Tuesday/Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Friday half day remote, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

MH 250A 
Sessions are 45-50 minutes


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