Welcome to my website!

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 ccech@burlcoschools.org. 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!

~Colleen Cech



Community Resources/

Referral information

(Click on underlined words to access websites directly)

Mental and Behavioral Health

Counseling Resources

SCIP (Screening and Crisis Intervention Program)

@ Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County

218 Sunset Road

Willingboro, NJ 08046

Burlington County

(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.

Perform Care/Mobile Response

1-877-652-7624 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)


Local Burlington County Resources

Oaks Integrated Care

Center for Family Services

The Community Counseling Center of Moorestown VNA

Center for Family Guidance

Family Support Organization of Burlington County

Family Support Organization programs/workshops:

Feb, March, April 2021

Penn Medicine - Princeton House Behavioral Health

Hampton Behavioral Health Center


State Mental Health Resource Guide

State-wide mental health guide

NJ 211 resource guide

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

NAMI Burlington County


Programs offered:

NAMI Basics start October 5, 2021

Free 6 Week Program.

(856) 222-9400. NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. Please email us at namibasicsburlingtoncounty@yahoo.com


Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention: YOU ARE NOT ALONE

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NJ Youth Suicide Prevention


NJ Youth Helplines

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

2nd Floor

Text or call: 1-888-222-2228

NJ Suicide Prevention Hope line

1-855-654-6735

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741


Addiction Support and Recovery

Center for Family Services: Addiction and Recovery

Enlightened Solutions: Holistic Addiction Treatment Center and Rehab Facility

Solstice Counseling & Wellness Center

SAMSHA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)

  • 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)

SODAT (Services to Overcome Drug Abuse Among Teenagers)

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)

Grief Support

Community Grief Support Groups and Individual Grief Counseling

Grief Counseling (dates & times) - groups & individual


Online Grief Resources

(podcasts, videos, articles, books and more)

Grief Support Resources


NJ Grief and Loss/COVID-19 supports

Guiding the Education Community Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Good Grief

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)

Good Grief


COVID-19 State Resources

NJ Department of Education: Restart and Recovery Plan


COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program


NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) COVID-19 Resource Center


Your guide to distance learning


Developmental Disabilities /

Special Education Resources


SPAN Parent Advocacy - Empowered Parents: Educated, Engaged, Effective


NJ.gov Special Needs Education


NJ DOE Legal Protections and Responsibilities: New Jersey Public College-Operated Schools for Students with Disabilities


A brief from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)


Pacer Center: Champions for Children with Disabilities


(more to come......)

Eating Disorders Treatment & Recovery


The Renfrew Center


National Institute of Mental Health - Eating Disorders


(more to come......)

Violence Prevention and Support Resources

NJ DCF (Department of Children and Families) state DV resources

CONTACT Burlington County

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


SERV (Services Empowering the Rights of Victims)

SERV: Safety Plan

SERV: Teen Dating Violence Facts/Data


New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault

1-800-601-7200

http://www.njcasa.org/


Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline

Phone 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) Chat now on their website: Rainn.org


Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office:

All survivors in NJ have the right to the speak with a prosecutor after filing a report to learn about their options in reporting.

609-265-5035


Planned Parenthood (Delran, NJ)

Reproductive Healthcare, Sex Education, STI/STD Testing

609-788-3195


Nationalities Service Center

Provides services to meet the needs of newly arriving refugees, victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied children. Provides English classes, health and wellness information, legal representation to low-income individuals in relation to immigration law.

215-893-8400

www.nscphila.org



Burlington County Child Advocacy Center

A child friendly atmosphere for victims being introduced to the criminal justice process. Juvenile victims are interviewed here.

http://www.burlpros.org/units-departments/child-advocacy-center/

609-265-5881


Burlington County Adult Protective Services

For vulnerable adults living in Burlington County that is experiencing abusive living situations.

609-518-4793


Burlington County Board of Social Services

Board of Social Services helps with services such as emergency assistance, housing, child support, health coverage and more.

609-261-1000


Division of Child Protection and Permanency:

1-877-NJABUSE (652 2873)

To report suspicions or allegations of child abuse


Bullying Prevention Resources


NJDOE: Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB)


Pacer: National Bullying Prevention Center


(more to come......)


LGBTQ

The Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project is a free online resource for powerful, effective LGBTQ awareness and ally training workshops.

The Safe Zone Project

Kaleidoscope Teen Center

Youth-centric LGBTQ program providing support and guidance to South Jersey teens.

Kaleidoscope Teen Center


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.

The Trevor Project


GLSEN

Championing LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990

GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together we can transform our nation's schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.


GLSEN


PLAG

Our priorities: proud people, loving families, safe communities,

and a diverse and inclusive world.


The PFLAG Chapter Network--with over 400 chapters across the country--provides confidential peer support, education, and advocacy to LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies. PFLAG chapters are in communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. With 200,000+ members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas, PFLAG has been saving lives, strengthening families, and changing hearts, minds and laws since 1972.


Chapter Name: PFLAG Collingswood

State: NJ

Phone Number: (856) 834-6355

Email: pflagcollingswood@gmail.com


PFLAG website



GSE (Garden State Equality)


New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and education organization with over 150,000 members.

GSE mission is to provide quality, innovative community programs, educate and train service providers, and pass pro-equality policies to protect and meet the needs of LGBTQ New Jerseyans.


GSE website


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

Insight Timer


Headspace - live a healthier, happier, more well-rested life in just a few minutes a day with the Headspace app.

Headspace


Calm - mental health app for meditation and sleep.

Calm