After a nationwide search, licensed clinical social worker Tora Taylor-Glover has joined UNC School of Law as the school’s inaugural embedded counselor.
In this new position, Taylor-Glover provides one-on-one counseling for law students and works with law school staff on wellness initiatives. She has a background in mental health, criminal justice, and higher education, and specializes in knowledge of disorders related to substance use, trauma, crisis intervention, and providing clinical supervision.
Taylor-Glover comes to Carolina Law from UNC-Greensboro, where she was a counselor in the Campus Violence Response Center. Previously she worked with the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill and as a crisis counselor with the Chapel Hill Police Department. She has served on the Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities Committee and the Orange County Diversity Facility Work Group.
In a video message, Taylor-Glover says her role is to help members of the law school community navigate through stress in a variety of ways, ranging from crisis intervention to one-on-one or group therapy, or providing connections to other resources. “I promise to listen, treat you as an individual, meet you where you are, and hopefully help you achieve your goals that you’ve set,” she says.
Taylor-Glover holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill and completed her master’s degree in social work, summa cum laude, at North Carolina State University.
In 2020, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) initiated a new model for providing mental health services to students across campus. The Embedded Counselor Program (ECP) places CAPS providers directly within a host academic department, allowing the counselors to learn the unique culture of the program and tailor services to meet the specific needs of the students.
“Having Tora embedded within UNC School of Law will allow her to develop a deeper understanding of the unique needs of the law students as well as the common challenges they face while in law school,” says Anna Lock, a psychologist at CAPS and coordinator of the ECP.
The ECP program offers flexibility in scheduling with counselors providing both evening and weekend hours to accommodate the scheduling needs of professional school students. Students have the option to meet with Taylor-Glover in person or virtually by video.
“As a CAPS provider, Tora also has access to all the training and resources available to the main office CAPS providers,” Lock says. “Combined with her expertise in multicultural health, Tora is well prepared to provide all law students with tailored services at the highest standard of care.”