Counseling approaches are tailored to fit the student's individual needs. Treatment modalities typically cover the range of supportive, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic approaches. Generally, counseling tends to be short-term focused on stabilization and assisting students to return to their normal functioning. Sometimes students presenting with more complex issues require long-term therapy. Referrals are made on a case-by-case basis and take into account such variables as the nature of the specific issues, student's desire for change, available resources at the Counseling Center, and the student‘s willingness for private referral.
Sometimes students presenting with more complex issues require long-term therapy. Referrals are made on a case-by-case basis and take into account such variables as the nature of the specific issues, student's desire for change, available resources at the Counseling Center, and the student’s willingness for private referral.
Note: Individuals who are hostile, suicidal, and/or addicted to drugs and alcohol are immediately referred outside the Center. If you are referred, you must submit an official letter from the agency to the Office of Student Affairs for clearance to return to the College (to include classes, residence halls, etc.).
Each semester, the Counseling Center offers a variety of workshops which target a wide range of personal and academic issues affecting college students today.
The following are workshops that the Counseling Center has offered in the past:
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Assault/Abuse
- Stress Management
- Conflict Resolution
- HIV/AIDS, and more.
Retention is a campus wide effort, therefore the Counseling Center works closely with the Academic Center for Excellence (ACES) to identify, counsel, and track students who are likely to experience academic/social adjustments. The Counseling Center’s aim is to assist students in recognizing their potential and overcoming challenges that may inhibit them from achieving their personal, academic, and career goals. Counselors will meet with students to develop strategies to address those factors which influence a student’s satisfaction with the College to assist in curbing the high attrition rate.
International Advising provides international students with:
- Housing, passports, visa, finances, and other essential information;
- Assists in obtaining Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) documents
- Implements an early identification and intervention for students who are high risk of dropping out, and providing counseling/advising to students in collaboration with other programs.
Absence Note Policy
The Counseling Center will issue absence notices to students who are absent from classes provided that the student has supportive documentation. When the Counseling Center agrees to issue an absence evaluation to students, these notices do not excuse the absence, nor do they guarantee the student will be permitted to make up any missed assignments or other make up tests. ALL absences are determined excused or unexcused by the individual instructor. The notice ONLY documents that the student’s situation indicates that he/she is unable to participate in class for the time allotted.
Note: ALL students absent for medical reasons must visit Student Health Services to receive their absence notices.