Mental Health Counseling | ECTC

Mental Health Counseling

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Spalding University are partnering to bring free, confidential counseling to ECTC students. Through Spalding University’s Center for Behavioral Health (CBH), students can access counseling over a secure internet or phone. 

The partnership provides up to three free sessions to ECTC students. After three sessions, the cost is depended upon household income and family size. The CBH clinicians provide individualized care for students’ personalized needs. 

Dealing with the pain and stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest and any other life issues can be more than individuals can handle on their own. Counseling provides the opportunity to talk with an objective professional who can help identify solutions to problems, build coping skills, or collaborate in whatever way is needed to seek optimal mental and emotional health. Students can contact the Spalding University Center for Behavioral Health directly or call 502-792-7011, or email at for more information.

“ECTC is delighted and thankful for this partnership with Spalding University,” said ECTC Chief Student Affairs Officer, Dr. Dale Buckles. “ECTC students now have immediate access to qualified, trained mental health counselors as they cope with life’s stresses and challenges.” 

ECTC students with questions for the college can contact Dr. Dale Buckles at or 270-706-8431.

Therapy Assistance Online

TAO – Therapy Assistance Online is a suite of online tools for client education, interaction, accountability, and progress assessment to facilitate effective behavioral health treatment and life skills education. TAO can increase capacity, provide immediate access to resources for wait listed students, reach distance and online learners, reduce costs, improve outcomes, and provide robust psychoeducational content that can be curated for needs-based use across campus.

The Tools in TAO include:

  • High production quality online educational sessions encompassing high engaging videos, animations, and interactive activities that keep learners engaged. Educational modules in TAO use evidence-based models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology.
  • Survey and Progress Measures, including the BHM-20®, Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale, PHQ-9, GAD-7 and WHO-5. All are reliable, published, and proven measures for assessing therapeutic change over time.
  • Mindfulness Library – 24 exercises available 24/7
  • Mobile Companion Apps (iOS and Android) 
  • Secure Embedded Video Conferencing for Providers that utilizes end-to-end encryption to maintain privacy.
  • Comprehensive Dashboards to track progress, engagement, and effectiveness.
  • On-demand and live training modules as well as on-going live support.