Individual sessions (50 minutes) may be arranged by students who require supportive listening, problem solving, a neutral ear, short-term therapy, and/or crisis management.
If four or more students are interested, a support group can be created to explore issues. Past groups have included Grief & Loss, Learning Disabilities, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning Students, Self-Esteem Issues, Eating Issues & Body Image, Sexual Assault Survivors, and Adult Children of Alcoholics.
Part-time students, graduate students, staff and faculty are invited to meet on a consulting basis to discuss their concerns about a student or colleague, or to discuss their own interest in community resources.
The counseling staff provides crisis intervention services for the undergraduate, residential student population. This service is provided in conjunction with the Student Life Office. See the section on emergencies for more information.
The counseling staff will offer services they are qualified to provide. For therapeutic needs that are beyond the qualifications of the staff, or that require more time and attention than the staff can provide, referrals will be made to community therapists or to a therapist already connected to the student’s family. Referrals will also be made in relation to crisis intervention and when a psychiatric evaluation is necessary.
Student Support Network
The SSN is a training program designed to give students the skills needed to identify, support, and refer peers who may be struggling with personal issues. Participants learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health distress and alcohol and other drug abuse, and become more confident in reaching out and supporting friends and peers. The training consists of six mandatory sessions of 1 hour and 15 minutes each week. For more information, please email Catherine Welch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 802.654.2271.
In addition, Active Minds is a student-run mental health awareness organization on campus. Find out more on the student organizations community page.
Training and Education
The counseling staff is available to assist other offices and student groups in the area of in-service trainings and educational workshops and presentations.