The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Counselor-in-Residence program, where five counselors live in student housing to provide emergency and immediate counseling services to residents and staff, has received some well deserved recognition. Govenor David Ige issued a proclamation in 2017 honoring the program for its positive impact on students. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators also recognized the program with an award for innovation in the region in 2016.
“I just wanted to add my personal congratulations to the counseling in residence who really provide a vital and needed service to our community,” said Govenor Ige.
The counselors in residence provide crisis intervention to students and referrals, training and other services to student housing staff.
“There are not too many community agencies, not too many resources that are open in the evenings or on the weekends, so we are there,” said Allyson Tanouye, UH Mānoa Counseling and Student Development Center director. “We are there to take care of the full range of emergencies that our residencies have.”
“We are really proud of our counselors in residence program,” said Interim UH Mānoa Chancellor David Lassner. “Mental health is a very serious issue, on college campuses and throughout our community. And this is one of the ways that we are responsive through a really innovative approach.”
- Related: Counselor-in-Residence program receives national recognition, February 27, 2017
The program started in the late 1980s, and the counseling center, which started in the late 1940s, has assisted thousands of students.
“We at the counseling center are very low key and we like to keep things confidential so to be recognized is very, very special to us,” said Tanouye.
See even more photos at Gov. Ige’s Flickr site.