Socall Named UW Counseling Center Director

March 24, 2008

Daniel W. Socall has been selected as director of the University of Wyoming Counseling Center in the Division of Student Affairs, subject to approval by the UW Board of Trustees. The appointment is effective later this spring.

David Cozzens, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, says the appointment followed a national search conducted with the assistance of a campus-wide screening committee.

In 2001, Socall was appointed to his current position as director of the Counseling Center at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He concurrently serves as director of the UNC Employee Assistance Program, is the supervising coordinator of the Assault Survivors Advocacy Program at UNC, and is coordinator of the UNC Bias Response Team.

At UW, Socall will lead a staff of licensed psychologists and counselors, as well as doctoral students who are completing their training in counseling and psychology.

Assistance is offered to any UW student with problems that interfere with academic progress, daily living, adjustment to university life, substances, or relationship issues.

The center offers individual, group, or couples counseling, crisis intervention services, and brief problem-solving sessions.

"Socall brings an in-depth understanding of student counseling issues from many perspectives gained on multiple campuses," Cozzens says. "In addition, he has a proven record of administrative leadership, outreach to the university community, and sensitivity to the challenges presented by today's college students."

Socall's career as a mental health assistant began at the Holland Community Hospital in Holland, Mich. He then moved on to be a psychiatric technician at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Mich., and later as Employee Assistance Program Counselor with CONCERN, also in Lansing. In August 1992, he was employed as a psychology intern at the University Counseling Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, progressing to senior staff psychologist and later to clinical services director.

Socall earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a master of arts degree in clinical psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He earned a doctoral degree in counseling psychology (1995) from Michigan State University in Lansing.

For more information Socall's the appointment call John Nutter in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at (307) 766-5123.

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