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Counseling Services

Welcome to Counseling Services!

College can be an exciting and challenging time for students. The mission of the Counseling Services is to provide high quality mental health services and programs that foster the academic development, personal development, and psychological well-being of ASU-Beebe's diverse student body.

From outreach and prevention to crisis intervention, Counseling Services is dedicated to supporting and empowering you to maximize your college experience and realize your fullest potential. All services are free and confidential.

Suicide Prevention

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students with more than 1,000 students committing suicide each year on a college campus. 

Additionally, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Infection, U.S. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19--with younger adults reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation.

Below is a helpful newsletter and brochure for students, faculty, and staff to use as a guide for suicide prevention. 

Counseling services is available all summer for students who need help. Please do not hesitate to talk to us whenever you need someone to listen. 

Please contact us so that we can be of help.

Want to visit with our counselor? 

If you would like to visit with our counselor, please request an appointment below. Our counselor will call you to confirm your appointment.

If you are in an emergency situation where danger is imminent and immediate help is required, call 911 or the ASU-Beebe Police at 501-882-8851 (Beebe campus), 501-362-1234 (Heber Springs campus), or 501-207-6205 (Searcy campus).


Jennifer Rutledge

Jennifer Downey-Rutledge

Licensed Associate Counselor

All campuses served



Click here to request an appointment

Emergency Financial Resources

Counseling Services has compiled a list of potential financial resources that may be of benefit to the campus community as we navigate these challenging times. 

Click on the image below to download a printable resource guide. 

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 Some counseling concerns of students we help with include, but are not limited to:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Cultural & racial concerns
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Difficulty with friends, roommates, or family members
  • Eating disorders
  • Lack of motivation or difficulty relaxing, concentrating, or studying
  • Relationships/abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual harassment/assault
  • Sexual identity
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Substance abuse (drugs, alcohol)
  • Uncertainties about personal values and beliefs
  • Other issues impacting a student's life and academic performance

 Faculty/Staff Referral

Click here to refer a student

Many students seek counseling with the encouragement of faculty and staff. Professors and staff are often aware of a student who may benefit from meeting with a professional counselor. 

These Frequently Asked Questions should help faculty and staff facilitate counseling services with students.

When should I refer a student to counseling services?

  • Generally, it is a good idea to suggest counseling if a student appears to be experiencing depression, anxiety, a significant relational conflict, exhibiting disruptive behavior, or is in some type of crisis.
  • Clues to these problems might include a marked change in a student's quality of work or appearance, their report of experiencing a significant traumatic event or hints the student drops in a conversation that elicits significant concern for the student, e.g., "I don't think I can go on like this any more."
  • A helpful way to approach the student is to say, "I noticed … and I'm wondering how you're doing." If he or she responds in a way that indicates more help might be needed, suggest counseling services in the Student Success Center. 
  • Counselors are available to talk to students who are going through a hard time. Let them know that you would be glad to help them set up an appointment.
  • If you are unsure how to handle a particular situation, the counseling staff is available to you for consultation.

How does a student go about making an appointment for counseling?

  • To make an appointment for counseling, a student needs to complete an intake form. Once the intake form is submitted, the student is contacted by the Student Success Center to schedule their initial appointment. Students may also walk-in to any counseling location and complete the intake form and be immediately seen by a counselor (if a counselor is available).
  • It is best for the student to take the initiative in setting up an appointment, rather than having someone else make the appointment for them. We encourage faculty to follow-up with the student to see if they submitted their intake form. 

What do I do when a student in crisis shows up in my office or classroom?

  • If a student is in a crisis, they need not submit the intake form but instead come directly to one of the locations listed above.
  • In the event a student is at an immediate risk of harming themselves or someone else, Campus Safety should be contacted (882-8851) or 911. Clearly state to Campus Safety that you need immediate assistance, give your name, your location and state the nature of the problem. It is best to have another ASU-Beebe employee accompany you and the student while you wait for Campus Safety to respond.

How does the Student Success Center handle emergency situations with students?

  • When we become aware of a potential or actual crisis, we attempt to respond immediately. If the student is in our office, we assess their risk for harm, inquire about their support and connect them with resources to ensure their needs are addressed. This may involve contacting their parents, a Residence Hall Director/Coordinator, or other relevant supportive services.
  • Appropriate follow-up care is then arranged. Our objective is to strategize with the student by proactively securing their safety. We recognize the challenge of respecting students' legal rights as an adult while also appropriating our professional responsibility to help keep them safe.

Does the Student Success Center ever refer students for off-campus counseling?

  • Yes, sometimes a student is best served by specialized treatment not offered by our own counselors. We carefully assess a student's needs and resources before we make any recommendation for off-campus treatment. When a referral is necessary, we help students find a local professional from our referral network.

How do I know if students I've referred actually come to counseling?

  • The Student Success Center must honor students' privacy and confidentiality. But if a student tells us that he or she has come to counseling by your referral and gives us consent to contact you, we will contact you (usually by email) to inform you that their appointment was kept.
  • In the event a student is in imminent danger of causing harm to him or herself or to others, you may be asked to be part of a plan to protect the student.

If you feel a student is at an immediate risk of harm to themselves
or others, first call:

Campus Safety (882-8851) or 911

Have a colleague accompany you while you wait for Campus Safety to respond. You may then call a counselor at 501-882-8906 or 501-207-6205.

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The Continuing Education/Workforce Development Department at ASU-Beebe sponsors numerous non-credit classes that are designed to meet the needs of the general public and business workforce.

Advanced Programs

Through a partnership between A-State and ASUB, students may earn baccalaureate degrees from Arkansas State University by taking coursework at the Degree Center on the Beebe campus.

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