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Types/Process of Counseling

To accommodate the varied needs of students, the following services are provided:

  • Initial evaluation and screening: The first few sessions are devoted to assessing the nature of your concerns and to determining the best method of addressing them.

  • On-site individual counseling: Short term counseling lasting from 8–12 weeks is provided for specific and situational problems.

  • Groups: Groups geared to address specific problems such as stress management and relaxation, assertiveness training, coping skills, and other topics are conducted regularly.

  • Education services: Seminars, lectures, guest speakers, films and videos on topics in mental health are occasionally offered to provide information and encourage prevention of emotional problems.

  • Referrals: Some concerns are best addressed through a referral to an outside facility. When students require mental health services that are beyond the scope of SCS, we will make referrals to community resources. Some issues that are commonly addressed through referral to providers outside of SCS include:
    • The need to be seen for counseling more frequently than weekly or bi-weekly
    • The need for specialized services not available through SCS such as inpatient or intensive outpatient substance abuse, mandated assessment or treatment requirements
    • The need for medication consultation or medication management