Services for Students
The Counseling Center embraces the philosophy of Holistic Wellness, which recognizes that there are many approaches to “healing.” This framework allows staff to assist students through both traditional (“talk therapy”) means, as well as mind-body approaches, such as instruction in stress management practices (e.g. meditation) or nutrition counseling.
We offer individual counseling, couples counseling and group therapy services (some past groups have included: stress management, adjustment to college, and communication skills).
We also offer mediation services for students who are experiencing difficulty working through a conflict with a peer. Additionally, students are served through campus programs such as workshops and residence hall talks. The duration of counseling can range from one meeting to throughout the academic year, depending on the unique needs of each student.
There are no co-pays or fees for services rendered at the Counseling Center.
Single sessions for talking out situational concerns are available. This can be really useful and stress relieving when needing someone to listen while you work out your feelings or decision making about a situation where an objective or unbiased listener would be helpful. If needed, there is always the option to follow-up later or continue with regular sessions.
Concerns about others: students, faculty and staff are welcome to consult with Counseling Center staff about their concerns about others' well-being and safety in the JSC community. All concerns are held in confidence, with the exception being the duty to warn or protect in the case or emergent harm to self, others or property.
Individual Counseling or Psychotherapy
Students typically meet with counselors for 50-minute sessions, once a week. Counseling is typically brief and solution focused. A cognitive, behavioral psycho-educational or coaching frame may be used.
Psychotherapy is typically more in-depth, perhaps utilizing a more integrated analytic, dynamic, relational and cognitive behavioral frame.
Our orientation is typically eclectic, strengths based, and focused on making sure that you have effective, healthy skills for managing your self-care and any symptoms that may have brought you to seek counseling; as well as attending to your healthy "Self-development" — to assist you in finding that you can effectively negotiate challenging or stressful life transitions, build healthy support networks for yourself and feel confident in your own inner resources as a person.
Drug and Alcohol/Co-Occurring Services
Screening, assessment, psycho-education and counseling services are available on campus. Students may self-refer or be mandated by the Dean of Students office due to violations of Campus Drug and Alcohol policies. Mandated students are also welcome to seek other off- campus services, and the Counseling Center has local referral lists available. As with all of our counseling services, substance abuse services are confidential, requiring a written release of information before any communication can be made regarding compliance with mandated counseling. Regardless of the reason for referral, the counseling center embraces a holistic, developmental, harm reduction model.
Staff members provide couples counseling to student couples who are seeking assistance with their relationship.
Staff members are available to meet with groups of students who have identified common concerns, such as self-esteem, relationship problems, eating disorders, stress management, wellness, substance abuse harm reduction, and so on.
Students who seek psychological advice regarding concerns about others are encouraged to give us a call or simply stop by and make an appointment. At various times this option has been utilized by clubs, teams, groups of roommates or friends, as well as individuals. Additionally, you can submit this form to get help for friends, classmates, and roommates about whom you are concerned.
Students in immediate need of assistance can receive “walk-in” emergency consultations during our business hours. In the event that a crisis occurs after our regular business hours, students usually seek assistance from Residence Hall staff who connect them with the local Community Mental Health Crisis Services (888-4914, 8am-4pm/888-4231, 4pm-8am & weekends). In most cases, a follow-up plan includes an appointment at the Counseling Center on the next available business day.
We are very pleased to provide presentations on special topics in Residence Halls, classrooms, and student groups. Some past topics have included: Stress Management, Responsible Social Behavior, Conflict Resolution, and Adjustment of Major Stressors such as sudden losses). Please contact us with any request for outreach.
In the event that a student may be better served by a specialized program or practitioner, we discuss this with the student in the initial meeting and arrange a referral as needed. Students also have the option of requesting to see a different counselor than the one they begin with at the Center.
Counseling Center services are available to any on or off-campus full time Johnson State College student. There is no charge for these services and they are confidential.
We are extremely careful to protect the confidentiality of our records. Your Johnson State College Counseling Center record is available only to those professionals directly involved with your care. Counseling Center records are kept separate from Health Service medical charts and records.
Information about your visits will not be disclosed without your permission to any college official or faculty member, or to your family, friends or roommates except in very specific circumstances. Those circumstances are limited to instances when your own life or that of another person is in danger and on the very rare occasions when we are presented with a subpoena.
We will, at your written request, provide clinical information to another professional for the purposes of your further treatment.
We would very much like feedback from students who have used our services. Click here to download an anonymous feedback form. This should take 2-3 minutes. Please return it to the Counseling Center. Thank you! You may also contact the Director of the Counseling Center, Cynthia Hennard with any concerns, questions or feedback at 802-635-1261.