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REACH


The UT REACH Project is changing the lives of children and families struggling through traumatic or impoverished backgrounds. REACH provides sensitive clinical mental health counseling services for at-risk children and families in schools in order to reach children and families who would not otherwise access adequate mental health or other counseling services.

Advanced graduate students from counseling and related fields are trained and provide child-centered play therapy under the careful guidance of our treatment coordinator, Nancy H Cochran, and professor and project director, Jeff L. Cochran. Child-centered play therapy is a gentle, individualized, and highly effective direct-to-child counseling intervention (Child Centered Play Therapy: A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children; Axline, 1947, 1969; Cochran, Nordling & Cochran, 2010; Guerney, 1983, 2001). Under the Cochranís guidance, our interns also provide CCPT related parent and teacher consultation, and conflict resolution for persistent conflicts.

Our services are for children whose behavioral and emotional problems present difficulties in the classroom and barriers to learning and well-being, including acting-out behavior as well as depressed or despondent ways of being. Our goal is to change the world, starting with the current generation of children and families living through very difficult situations.

In recent years REACH has focused services in urban schools in Knoxville, TN and Rochester, NY. This year we are continuing that work and building a new focus on services to families in need in rural schools in east Tennessee.

Our Success: By The Numbers

Benefits for Children: Watch a short YouTube video sharing comments from educators in the school systems and University of Tennessee students working with the program about the effects on children in the REACH Project.

Benefits in the Community and for UT Students: Watch a short YouTube video sharing comments from educators in the school systems and University of Tennessee students working with the program about the effects on the community and professionals working with the REACH project.

Click here for a printable brochure about our program.


Dr. Jeff Cochran, Director

Contact Information

Dr. Jeff Cochran

Project Director
439 Claxton Complex
1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
865-974-4178

HOW YOU CAN HELP!

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535 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3452

Phone: 865-974-8145
Fax: 865-974-0135