Community Advising Network (CAN)

Community Advising Network (CAN)

The Community Advising Network (CAN) is comprised of a diverse team of counselors who are here to help students achieve their goals and address factors that may be affecting their academic success.  CAN Counselors are here to support students through informal consultations and/or through therapy.

  • Consultations
  • Informal meetings with a CAN counselor allows a student to obtain culturally relevant support without having to commit to 'therapy'.  Try us out for support with:

    - Belonging and community Building
    - Identity concerns (gender, sexuality, cultural, or more)
    - Campus resources
    - Community Resources
    - Study skills
    - Communication skills
    - Time Management skills
    - Learning/Discussing what therapy is 

  • How to Schedule an Appointment in 2 Steps

  • Scheduling with a CAN Counselor can be easy and quick. First, see which CAN Counselor fits your needs by looking at their profiles below. Second, when you know who you would like to speak to send them an email with the days/times that work best for you over a two-week period, introducing yourself (emails are located next to their photos below). The CAN Counselor will reply back to you with possible meeting and follow up instructions. We look forward to hearing from you. 

  • Therapy

  • Through Clinical Appointments, for time-limited therapy, CAN Community Counselors can help you cope with: 
    Time Management
    Academic Difficulties
    - Depression
    - Anxiety
    - Addiction Issues
    - Family Concerns/Expectations
    - Relationship Issues
    - Balancing Activism and Academics
    - Questioning Sexuality and Coming Out
    - Cultural Adjustment
    - Immigration Concerns
    - Stress Management
    - Trauma/Racial Trauma
    - Gender based violence
    - Sexual Assault

  • Outreach/Prevention

  • Prevention, education, engagement, community building, and more in regards to Mental Health and Wellbeing. 
    -  Tabling 
    -  Presentations on various subjects 
    -   Classroom presentations  
    -  Workshops 
    -  Speeches 
    -  Paneling 
    -  Interview

    For Staff/Faculty
    Informal meetings with a CAN Counselor allow staff and/or faculty to obtain relevant support in helping a student and/or student communities. 
    -  Consultation: one on one meeting 

    -  Collaborating on programming 
    -  Cultural Considerations on various topics 
    -  Workshops in/out of the classroom 
    -  Presentations on services/relevant topics 
                 -  Services offered:  Anxiety, Depression, Self-Care, Motivation, Time-Management, Study Skills, Testing Anxiety, Student Struggles. 
                 -  If you have an idea and it isn’t listed here, simply consult with a CAN Counselor to possibly collaborate on a tailored topic 

    Referring a Student:
    You can refer a student to a CAN Counselor for an informal consultation, with the student’s permission (student permission is absolute and vital). Simply send an email to the counselor of the student’s choice with the student cc’d on the email and encourage the student to follow up with the days/times that work best for them. OR have the student email the counselor directly with the days/times that work best for them and a short introduction. The counselor will follow up directly with the student. 

  • Mission Statement

  • The goal of the CAN Program is to decrease barriers, thus increase access to mental health services for all students, especially students from underserved and marginalized communities.  This is achieved by the Community Counselors developing relationships, being visible, and being part of the communities that they work with.  For many students, it is more culturally congruent to speak to someone in their community about challenges that they are experiencing.  This approach helps to decrease the stigma of help seeking behaviors and of mental health specifically.

  • History

  • CAN was born out of the need for students to be served by those that represented them, their communities, experiences, and needs. Through student and University action, every UC was given additional funds to address the disparities in services for those of underrepresented/underserved communities. UC Davis utilized those funds to create the Community Advising Network (CAN), first and unique of its kind, to increase student access, cultural representation, and decrease stigmatization.