Student Support Services

College is a major life transition that often affects an individual mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you previously received services or are interested in receiving counseling, mental health, or disability services, KCAI has resources for you. The sooner you request services, the better.

Students at KCAI are encouraged to seek assistance offered through student support services, which includes help with academic support and disability services. In addition, KCAI offers free and confidential on and off-campus counseling for students.

COUNSELING SERVICES

KCAI provides FREE, confidential on and off campus counseling services for students.

On campus, services are provided by our psychologist, doctoral and/or master’s degree level counseling students, and psychiatric residents. Services include therapy only, not medication management. We recommend that students with more acute mental health needs, diagnosis, medication management seek off-campus resources that provide year-round/on-going medication management. On-campus services are available during fall and spring semesters and assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

Off-campus services are provided through Student Assistance Program (SAP), which allows student to see an off-campus counselor for six sessions per issue. Services can be coordinated privately through their website www.ndbh.com (click Log In to get started). There are a number of providers close to campus.

If you are currently working with a counselor/psychiatrist in your hometown, we encourage you to continue your sessions or look into Kansas City resources. Also, we recommend setting up appointments with your hometown provider in advance for college breaks. Appointments for psychiatrists in the Kansas City area can be on a 6-10 week wait-time. Start the process early! Your insurance company can provide you with a list of providers they cover in the area while you are a student at KCAI.

Request an on-campus counseling appointment:
Log-in to your MyKCAI account (my.kcai.edu).
Click on the Student Resources tab in the top line.
Click on Counseling in the box on the right-hand side.
Once you have submitted a request, you will receive a response within two business days.

DISABILITY SERVICES

A learning specialist is available to help students gain a complete understanding of individual learning styles, skills, strengths and weaknesses to cope with the greater demands of college courses.

Disability services provide assistance to students with physical, psychological, ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities who are eligible for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These include: chronic illness/medical conditions, attendance/absence accommodations due to a disability/illness/medical condition, ESL students with language-related assistance needs, and pregnancy or related conditions.

Services are provided differently in college than in grades K – 12. In that setting, typically accommodations are coordinated through an IEP or 504 plan, coordinated on a cycle by parents/guardians, teachers and other staff. Post-secondary institutions are not required to identify an individual as a student with disabilities. At KCAI, students must request accommodations and provide appropriate documentation to support accommodations.

Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis upon review of documentation and after conversations with the student. Accommodations may be requested at any time during the semester, but are not retroactive. Students are encouraged to notify the disability and academic support coordinator disabilityservices@kcai.edu, as soon as possible, as certain accommodations require time to arrange. Please send documentation before your scheduled meeting via email or fax at 816-802-3480. Disability Services is located on the third floor of the Jannes Library.

 

Additional information, including guidance from the Office of Civil Rights can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

ESL SERVICES

Students whose first language is not English are encouraged to contact encouraged to contact the disability and academic support coordinator at disabilityservices@kcai.edu, for information about the school’s ESL services.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT RESOURCES

INDIVIDUALIZED ACADEMIC MEETINGS

Contact your Academic Advisor for help in the following areas: 

  • Time-management strategies and stress management
  • Set academic goals
  • Note-taking tips and organization
  • Study strategies and writing approaches
  • Accessing campus resources, ESL services, disability services and accommodations

LANGUAGE & LEARNING LAB

Hours:
Monday: CLOSED

TuesdayThursday: 5pm to 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 2-5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

The Language & Learning Lab is located on the third floor of Jannes library and provides support, such as:

  • Peer tutoring
  • Study assistance
  • Writing assistance
  • Studio support sessions