The UCC works with students with a wide variety of issues and concerns. Students often seek counseling for feelings of depression, loneliness, or inadequacy, difficulty coping with academic pressures, leaving home, problems in relationships, or for assistance in dealing with the effects of violence. To make the most of your counseling time, be honest with yourself and your therapist, tell your therapist about what you find helpful, and take an active part in deciding how to use your hour. During your initial interview with a UCC therapist, you and your therapist will decide whether you will continue to work together or whether referral to another therapist is more appropriate. The UCC attempts to match clients with the therapist who has the most training and experience with that client's concerns. The counseling sessions last fifty minutes. To accommodate student demand for services a ten session limit is recommended. In some circumstances, however, the number of sessions may be extended. All information obtained in counseling is confidential and not released without the written consent of the student. Release of information without your prior consent would occur only in situations involving immediate danger to the client or others, or instances of child abuse. Client information will not be released to family, friends, staff, or faculty without your consent.
Groups are offered throughout the academic year on specific issues. Each group allows the student to give and receive feedback from other members with similar concerns and issues. In the past the UCC has offered groups on eating disorders, sexual assault, and relationship issues. Groups typically meet once a week for a semester and usually last ninety minutes. What members of the group discuss is confidential and not discussed outside of the group. Call for a current listing of groups and times they meet.
The UCC serves as a mental health consultant for the campus community. Students, faculty, or staff who have questions or concerns about a student can call the Center and talk with one of the therapists. In response to requests from staff, faculty, or students the Center provides workshops and presentations on a variety of student health and development topics. We have gone to classrooms and residence halls to meet and speak with students about relationships, sexuality, depression, dating violence, stress, and other related concerns. If your class or organization would like a speaker on one of these topics call the Center for more information.
The Center maintains a small lending library of personal growth and development books. You are welcome to stop in our waiting room area and browse through the books we have available. Books can be signed out and taken home with you. Some of the topics included in the library are assertiveness training, relationship and communication improvement, eating disorders, sexual orientation, and stress management.