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SAC counseling services are a confidential support for students- primarily focused on drug/alcohol prevention and mental/behavioral health issues. Students are referred to the SAC by the school counselors, educators, administrators, parents, peers and/or student self-referrals.
In school (and now virtual), I offer confidential individual and group counseling services. My groups are topic-specific. Groups topics are as follows:
grief, depression, anger management, anxiety, self-esteem, adjusting to living in an ooh (out-of-home) placement setting, coping with family conflict, how addiction affects the family, LGBTQ+, and more.
I am also responsible for universal and targeted prevention programming and interventions throughout the school year - such as prevention assemblies and guest speakers, social awareness weeks, boys/girls leadership clubs, class visits, and more.
This website will be updated with current community workshops, resources, and supports. I will have links for topic-specific referral information (grief, addiction, mental/behavioral health) and community service resources (food pantries, health care resources and more). If you or someone you care for has a need not listed, please reach out to me and I will assist you in finding the appropriate supports. I can be reached at 609-267-4226 ext 8173 or (the best way with our current hybrid schedule is) via email at email@example.com. In addition, if you are in the burlcoschools network, you can refer a student to me through the SAC referral form, as well.
My virtual and physical door is always open! Do not hesitate to reach out! I am here to assist YOU!
“Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help." The truth is that we are both. We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”
Colleen Cech, LCSW
Student Assistant Counselor
I'd like to introduce myself to the BCIT community. My name is Colleen Cech and I am the Student Assistant Counselor (SAC) here at BCIT - Westampton Campus. Although I joined the BCIT family in May 2019, I am not new to the SAC role or to working with youth and their families. I am a clinical social worker by trade and have spent most of my career in the individual and family therapy world. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Syracuse University, where I was also a member to the SU field hockey team for four years. I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers-Camden and subsequently became a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), practicing in the south Jersey region. I went on to obtain my SAC certification from TCNJ and transitioned from the mental-behavioral health sector to the public education system. Through schools, I am able to bring valuable mental-health experience, knowledge of community supports for appropriate referrals and linkage, when needed, and also provide counseling services (individual and group) to students. This year, I am continuing my education further through UPenn's Applied Positive Psychology certification program and hope to incorporate further strength-based supports for the WestTech community.
In my free time, I love spending time with my three daughters and two dogs at home. I also enjoy getting out and about, by exploring fun, community activities with my girls (parks, theater, library, and more), and coaching their sports teams. Besides my three daughters, three other things I enjoy the most are music, food and fitness. My free time is spent attending concerts, trying new restaurants or sampling my husband's home-cooked cuisine, and staying physically active. I fully believe in the power of the mind-body connection, that physical fitness is a vital component to staying happy, healthy and motivated to live your best life.
I am incredibly grateful to merge my professional and personal passions to assist you or your loved one on their journey to wellness. We all have the potential to live productive and joyful lives. If you do not know where to start, it is ok. We will start the process together. One day at a time. Because each day is a gift and we will unwrap it so.
I am so glad you are here!
(Click on underlined words to access websites directly)
Mental and Behavioral Health
SCIP (Screening and Crisis Intervention Program)
@ Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County
218 Sunset Road
Willingboro, NJ 08046
(609) 261-8000 or (609) 835-6180 (home out-reach)
In-Home out-reach and support:
Request Perform Care to schedule appointment or request Mobile Response for immediate services.
1-877-652-7624 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)
Local Burlington County Resources
Family Support Organization programs/workshops:
State Mental Health Resource Guide
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Suicide Prevention: YOU ARE NOT ALONE
NJ Youth Helplines
Text or call: 1-888-222-2228
Text HOME to 741741
Addiction Support and Recovery
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Starting Point - 12 Steps to a Better Future
(Coordinate and facilitate many programs including appropriate referrals to counseling and psychotherapy, workshops, forums, Twelve-Step meetings, and weekend programs)
Community Grief Support Groups and Individual Grief Counseling
Online Grief Resources
(podcasts, videos, articles, books and more)
NJ Grief and Loss/COVID-19 supports
Good Grief is a program that builds resilience in children, strengthens families, and empowers communities to grow from loss and adversity.
(Individual, group and family counseling; camps; and more)
COVID-19 State Resources
Developmental Disabilities /
Special Education Resources
(more to come......)
Eating Disorders Treatment & Recovery
(more to come......)
Violence Prevention and Support Resources
NJCEDV (New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence) (contacts/resources/hotlines/shelter)
NJ Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline:
Call 1-800-572-SAFE (7233)
National Domestic Violence Videophone
for Deaf survivors:
Call 1-855-812-1001, or Text LOVEIS to 22522
Bullying Prevention Resources
(more to come......)
The Safe Zone Project
The Safe Zone Project is a free online resource for powerful, effective LGBTQ awareness and ally training workshops.
Kaleidoscope Teen Center
Youth-centric LGBTQ program providing support and guidance to South Jersey teens.
The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Burlington County Gay & Lesbian Alliance
2605 Saxony Drive
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 (609)802-0394
Mental Health Apps
Insight Timer - mental health app with over 90,000 FREE meditations
Headspace - live a healthier, happier, more well-rested life in just a few minutes a day with the Headspace app.
Calm - mental health app for meditation and sleep.