Student Mental Health Services (SMHS) will provide consultative services to students, faculty, and staff members who have concerns about others’ behaviors.
Mental health assessment involves the integration of information from multiple sources, such as personal and medical history, description of current symptoms and problems, and sometimes other information such as psychological test results. All mental health professionals do some level of assessment when providing services to clients, and may use checklists or inventories to assess traits or symptoms. The interview during the first meeting with a mental health professional is structured to gain information used for assessment. Assessment is an ongoing process. The aims of assessment are to provide a diagnosis, to determine an individual's level of function or disability, to help plan and direct the appropriate services, and to measure the outcome of the services or treatment intervention.
Counseling is a confidential process designed to help you address your concerns, come to a great understanding of yourself, and learn effective personal and interpersonal coping strategies. It involves a relationship between you and a trained clinician who has the desire and willingness to help you accomplish your individual goals. Counseling involves sharing sensitive, personal, and private information that may at times be distressing. During the course of counseling, there may be periods of increased anxiety or confusion. The outcome of counseling is often positive; however, the level of satisfaction for any individual is not predictable. Your clinician is available to support you throughout the counseling process.
An individual may experience a mental health crisis when unexpected or overwhelming life events create an abnormal situation for a normal person. One's usual capacity to cope is exceeded or exhausted. External support may not exist or be unavailable. Examples include the death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, being in an automobile collision, or increasing difficulty managing the stressors of daily life. Crisis intervention is a process to assist individuals in finding adaptive solutions to unsettling events.
Student Mental Health Services will provide educational programs throughout the college environment. These programs focus on personal concerns typically experienced by college students. Topics include: depression, anxiety, stress management/reduction, dealing with students in distress, etc. For more information please contact Student Mental Health Services.
SMHS will implement various prevention strategies to promote positive mental health and successful learner outcomes.
SMHS acknowledges that a student may require external services in order to achieve his or her goals. SMHS will ensure the necessary referrals and linkage to services to ensure students are getting the help they need.