Office of Student Life
Whether you’re a graduate research or specialty student, a summer research student or an undergraduate in the DDS or IDAP programs, Dr. Richard Rayman, Director of Student Life, is your advocate. Dr. Rayman provides direct assistance to students. He’ll gladly lend an ear, and if you need more he’ll help guide you to the right resources to solve any issues that come up during your time at the Faculty.
In addition to his role as student advocate, Dr. Rayman is integrally linked to the student body and community life of the school. More than helping the students organize events (he also organizes the enormously popular Rayman’s Run each fall), Dr. Rayman can also be found on the clinic floors, helping students to coordinate their treatment plans.
Whatever your needs, Dr. Rayman’s door is always open.
Dr. Richard Rayman, Director of Student Life
Accessing Health Services
Counselling and guidance services are available for students, with several clinical social workers on board to help offer support and professional help.
In order to make an appointment with a Wellness Counsellor, please contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 to make a confidential counselling appointment.
Rachel Van de Vooren is a clinical social worker that has focused her career on working with young adults and youth to improve their well-being, repair relationships and navigate complex mental health systems. Rachel has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private clinics and large community agencies, and most recently she held the position of Team Lead at the what's up walk-in clinic at East Metro Youth Services. Rachel completed an MSW from Wilfred Laurier University and an HBA from Western University in Psychology.
Rachel Van de Vooren, Clinical Social Worker
Dates: Monday (all day), Tuesday (all day), Friday (mornings)
Laurie Coleman, a registered clinical social worker offers individual time-limited life coaching, personal counseling and solution/goal focused psychotherapy within a holistic approach to wellness. Laurie is a member of the Health and Wellness embedded mental health team. She has been on-site since 2011 as Wellness Counsellor & Coordinator. Services are offered in a confidential and empowering environment, which is directed towards optimizing students' personal, academic and overall well-being.
She has developed and delivers workshops on mindful eating: food and mood, and mindfulness meditation drop-in sessions.
For more information www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc/mindfulness.
She also co-facilitates a grief support sharing circle, with sessions generally offered the fall and winter terms.
For more information www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc/grief-support
Laurie Coleman, Clinical Social Worker
Room 184, 500 University Ave
Dates: Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Professional degrees can be taxing. Take advantage of the services offered by the UofT Health and Wellness Centre, which offers a full range of physical and mental health services.
It's summer! What do I do?
The Health and Wellness Centre is open year-round! Give them a call at (416) 978-8030.
Dentistry students can request an embedded counselling appointment through self-referral by calling the Health and Wellness Centre 416-978-8030. Appointments take place in Room 184 at 500 University Ave on Thursdays from 9AM to 5PM (45 minute sessions). Embedded counselling services are offered on a sessional basis from September to May. If students are in need of services in the summer please contact Health and Wellness directly at 416-978-8030.
Note: It is the mandate of Heath and Wellness to provide all University of Toronto students with accessible and timely care. In order to fulfill this mandate in a time of increasing numbers of students requesting care, the service provides only short-term therapy. Should a student require ongoing, long-term treatment, we will assist him/her in finding the appropriate community resource(s).