*Hours vary during breaks*
Andorfer Commons, Student Affairs Suite Room 150
1600 E. Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
The Indiana Tech/Parkview Student Assistance Program offers a variety of short-term counseling and consultation services to address the needs of students. All services are confidential and provided in a welcoming, comfortable setting, regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or presence of a disability.
Indiana Tech students who are located in the state of Indiana are eligible for campus counseling services. Students are eligible for up to 8 sessions. There is no charge for these services.
Intake, assessment and referral
The first appointment allows a student and a counselor to get to know one another and formulate a plan of action. This meeting is usually structured, as it involves the completion of initial paperwork. In some cases, the student and the counselor may agree to facilitate a referral to a community agency.
Students are able to meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss a variety of problems including (but not limited to):
- Identity issues
- Relationship problems
- Substance abuse
Couples counseling can help couples determine and work through the influences putting stress on their relationships. While the goal is often to help couples repair their relationships, counseling can also help couples end relationships in a healthy and respectful manner.
Consultation services are offered to meet a variety of student needs, including concerns about another student who may be:
- Experiencing emotional problems
- Displaying irrational behavior or behavior out of the norm
- Exhibiting signs of substance abuse
Rapid Resolution Therapy
RRT is an interactive therapy, where the therapist guides the session with imagery, mindfulness and psychoeducation. This positive, solution-focused approach helps an individual reframe how he or she views the world around them. RRT dispels the negative effects of traumatic events effectively, rapidly, and gently.
Workshop presentations are available on a variety of topics in the areas of mental health, communication and conflict resolution. Call the Student Assistance Program to discuss the specific interest of your group or organization.
We are firmly committed to keeping the information you share confidential, including your attendance and participation in counseling. We do not, and are not legally permitted to, discuss your information with anyone — including university officials, faculty members, parents or outside agencies — without written authorization from you.
Exceptions to this rule are made when:
- You or someone else is in imminent danger of serious harm
- A child or other dependent is being abused
- A court order requires release of records The office is staffed with licensed professional counselors.
During a crisis situation or emergency need, follow our Crisis Management Emergency Plan and contact Chris Dickson, Devin Blackford, or Dan Stoker.
Student Affairs front desk extension for Chris Dickson or Dan Stoker is 260-422-5561 ext. 2443.
Security Direct Line: 260-399-2805
Security Mobile Line: 260-740-6642
After-Hours Crisis Line: 260-446-1867
Visit the Crisis Resources page for additional information.
Meet Your Counselors
Mary Etheart, PhD, LCAC
Mary Etheart graduated from the University of Michigan, then received a doctorate in developmental psychology from Florida International University. She is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and has been working in the fields of social services and mental health for 25 years. Her areas of focus are anxiety, stress management, depression, self-esteem, life changes, relationships, addictions, and LGBTQ community.
Rachel Taykowski, MSW, LSW
Rachel strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for the people she counsels. Her strengths as a practitioner include empathy, genuineness, and unconditional regard for all people and all cultures. These traits help her in a building a strong therapeutic alliance and a safe environment in which she encourages self-awareness, self-empowerment, and self-acceptance.
Bethany Pruitt, LCSW
Bethany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and a registered Yoga Teacher. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has over 10 years of experience working in the social service and mental health fields. Her areas of focus include disordered eating, body image concerns, compulsive exercise, trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has advanced training in mindfulness-based yoga therapy for eat disorder recovery and is interested in using yoga as a tool to promote mental and physical well-being.