The Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic
The mission of the Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic is two-fold: to provide experiential learning to counselors-in-training under clinical supervision and to offer relevant, accessible, evidence-based services to UNCG and Greensboro community members.
The Vacc Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a wide variety of resources for both counseling students, the UNCG student body, and the surrounding community. Located on the second floor of the Ferguson Building on the UNCG campus, the Vacc Clinic provides ample space for counseling, clinical supervision, play therapy, seminars, workshops, and other activities. The Clinic is comprised of 27 rooms, including:
- Twelve rooms designed for counseling and counseling-related activities, including digital-recording capabilities.
- Eight direct observation rooms complete with one-way mirrors.
- A spacious observation deck to conduct live supervision and student observations.
- Two conference rooms which seat up to 12 for meetings or classes.
- Two large graduate assistant offices used by doctoral students with clinic-related responsibilities.
- An assessment library containing many current assessments used in the counseling field, which allows students to practice test administration and interpretation.
- An extensive resource library of textbooks, reference guides, and counseling-related journals.
- Individual, couples, and family counseling
- Play therapy
- Group counseling on topics such as women’s issues, depression, anxiety, grief, communication skills, and healthy relationships
- Career assessments and career counseling
- Specialized workshops and trainings such as clinical supervision training, student leadership training, and training for local colleges on LGBTQ issues
- Consulting services, including crisis intervention stress debriefing- Available for the University, community agencies, businesses, and other organizations.
For the UNCG Student Community:
All services are focused on positive outcomes for the student and allow Clinic staff to utilize relevant, evidence-based interventions.
- Substance Information Program (SIP) assessments and seminars
Clinic staff work closely with the Office of Student Affairs to provide services to students who have violated the University’s alcohol and/or drug policy. The Substance Information Program (SIP) offers psycho-educational seminars to provide information about alcohol use in college using a social norming approach. In addition, SIP offers individual clinical assessments for violations that may be indicative of greater risk for abuse. Individualized evaluation and feedback are provided using a standardized instrument, the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI).
- Anger Management Program (AMP) assessments and seminars
Working closely with the Office of Student Affairs, the Clinic provides anger management assessment, educational and counseling services. The State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI) is used to identify helpful alternatives for expressing anger.
- Making Better Choices seminars
Led by counseling interns, The Making Better Choices seminar is a two-hour class focused on enhancing productive and ethical decision-making. The class is conducted in a small-group, interactive format to allow students the opportunity to discuss how they currently make decisions and to process as a group how to improve their skills.
The Clinic attempts to provide affordable services by utilizing a sliding-scale fee for all counseling sessions. Payments may be made by cash or credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
By phone: To inquire about services offered, fee structure, or to schedule an appointment, please call 336.334-5112. All inquiries will be handled on an individual case basis, depending on availability of services.
Physical Address: 524 Highland Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27412. Click here for directions to campus.
Location: 223 Ferguson Building
We are located on the second floor of the Ferguson Building on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Parking: Free Clinic parking is provided for clients who are members of the community and are not students at UNCG. The clinic can provide clients with a parking pass to use for the reserved spaces shown below. In the event that these spaces are taken, validation can also be provided for the Oakland Parking Deck located at 690 Forest St. For UNCG students, there is street parking along Highland Ave. as well as several nearby parking lots for use by students with a parking pass. Please consult the UNCG parking map.
Hours of Operation
The Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic offers a flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of the counseling program and the community. Hours are adjusted on a semester basis. Please call the Clinic at 336.334.5112 to confirm the current schedule.
General operating hours:
Fall & Spring Semester (follows UNCG’s semester calendar)
Monday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Clinic operations are overseen by the Clinic Director, a full-time faculty member in CED. Each academic year, select students are chosen to staff the Clinic through graduate assistantship and internship appointments.
- Graduate Assistantships
Typically, master’s-level students serve as Clinic Resource Assistants, and are responsible for screening, scheduling, and recording sessions. At the doctoral level, graduate assistants are responsible for outreach, special projects, and group, individual, couple, and family counseling services. Each year one graduate assistant acts as coordinator of the SIP, AMP, and Making Better Choices programs, which are aimed at working with UNCG students who may need additional support to succeed within the University setting.
Master’s and doctoral-level internships are available in the Clinic. In addition, the Jack Bardon Fellowship offers one carefully chosen master’s or doctoral level student a stipend for an internship in the Clinic each academic year.