GUIDELINES FOR ON-CAMPUS COUNSELING 2018 – 2019
1. Scheduling Appointments and Handling Emergencies:
Whether you are new to on-campus counseling or a returning client, please access the intake forms at https://studentcounselingforms.ptsem.edu/TitaniumWeb/WCMenu.aspx from:
– The designated laptop in our office during business hours at Templeton 301
– Any PTS computer or your personal computer on campus or at CRW.
Intake and ongoing appointments on campus are made by email or phone. If you are in a crisis during the day come right to Templeton 301. At night, please call a security officer at 609-273-9727 or 9726 and an administrator from the psychological crisis team will help you.
2. Fees, Number of Sessions, & Cancellation Policy:
Two free sessions focus on assessment, referrals, or emergencies. If on-campus counseling continues, a fee of $10 applies, increasing to $15 at session #11 and $25 at #20. At session #30, the fee increases to $30. If this presents a hardship, please discuss this with your therapist.
To ensure greater access to on campus resources, referrals will be provided if counseling should continue beyond 25-30 sessions in a year. The Director of Student Counseling, also recommends a referral if someone would be well-served by seeing someone at Trinity Counseling Service or through the SHBP Specialty Counseling Network, or for wellness life coaching, spiritual direction, groups, and seminars. Student accounts are charged $15 if with less than 24 hours’ notice of cancellation in non-emergencies. This encourages good stewardship and discourages forgetting! While termination of counseling is best done collaboratively, one can withdraw from treatment at any time without consequence. No one will be denied services for lack of funds.
3. Punctuality and Protocol:
If you arrive early, please make yourself comfortable in the waiting area. If you are meeting with the Director of Student Counseling and her door is closed at the time your session is to begin, please knock to let her know you are there, and return to the waiting area, as she may be on the phone. We value your time and try to be punctual. However, on occasion a session will need to start a few minutes late or be rescheduled due to an emergency. We will give as much notice as possible of such changes. Most sessions last 45 – 50 minutes.
4. What You Can Expect from Counseling:
Counseling provides a safe setting in which to explore many things including emotions, needs, hopes, wounds, strengths, experiences, challenges, relationships, issues of faith and call, etc. Initially, the healing process may bring discomfort as one reconsiders experiences and tries new behavior. Self-understanding, efficacy, resilience, and a sense of abundance increase through the resolution or integration of feelings, issues, and patterns that have limited one’s joy, flexibility, or positive relationships, including one’s relationship with God. Because therapy is a collaborative process, it is important to address anything that hinders the deepening of trust in the therapist-client relationship. Shared wisdom, non-judgment, curiosity, motivation, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit contribute to a positive counseling experience.
Information shared in counseling is confidential. However if injury to self or others is an “imminent danger,” therapists take appropriate steps to ensure safety, which may require breaking confidence. In non-emergencies, if you would like your therapist to speak with an off-campus therapist, a psychiatrist, or a PTS administrator, you must sign a release of information form. ***On-campus therapists will share information as needed withe the counseling team for the wellbeing of clients. If someone shares a concern that relates to Title VI or Title IX with an on-campus counselor, consultation with the Director of Student Counseling will take place to further support the student and clarify options to address the situation.