Counseling:  Frequently Asked Questions

Mission | What can a counselor do for me? | Who can use the Counseling Center?
Are my visits confidential? | How do I make an appointment? | Hours of Operation
What should I do in the event of an emergency?
Where is the Counseling Center located?

Mission

The mission of Student Counseling Services (SCS) is to promote intellectual, social and emotional development that fosters academic and personal success within a global and culturally diverse society. SCS offers individual and group counseling sessions, skills workshops, outreach presentations and includes services aimed at preventing substance abuse and violence on campus.

To effectively fulfill its mission, SCS promotes learning and development in students by encouraging intellectual growth, critical thinking, effective communication, realistic self-appraisal, enhanced self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, leadership development, physical fitness, meaningful interpersonal relationships, social responsibility, spiritual awareness, satisfying and productive lifestyles, appreciation of aesthetic and cultural diversity, and achievement of personal goals.

What can a counselor do for me?

Professional counselors work individually or with groups to help students understand themselves better, resolve problems, come to terms with difficult issues, and/or address important decisions.

The purpose of counseling is not to tell students what to do, but to emphasize the ultimate responsibility each person has in conducting his or her own life.

All registered Fredonia students may use Student Counseling Services without charge. In addition, faculty and staff members are often the first to notice changes in a student's behavior. SCS staff are happy to assist faculty/staff members through consultation.  There are times when a student or another member of the Fredonia community may wish to seek counseling assistance off-campus, near their home, or after graduation.  Below are links to assist you in finding a mental health provider.

Find a Counselor:
http://www.nbcc.org/CounselorFind
Find a Psychologist:
http://locator.apa.org/
Find a Social Worker:
http://www.helpstartshere.org/find-a-social-worker

Are my visits confidential?

The Counseling Center is a safe place for Fredonia students. When you come here, you have the right to privacy. Counseling is strictly confidential and, unless it is a matter of saving human life, or we have been ordered by a court, no information is released to anyone without the student's written consent.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments can be made in person or by phoning 673-3424.

Hours of Operation

Our reception area is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Counselors are available for appointments between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

What should I do in the event of an emergency?

If your emergency requires medical attention, University Police should be notified immediately at 673-3333. SCS staff members are on-call 24 hours a day while classes are in session. In the event of an after hours emergency (i.e. suicide attempt) the counselor on duty can be reached via a Residence Hall Director or the University Police Office.

Where is the Counseling Center located?

The Counseling Center is located in LoGrasso Hall, just down the hallway from the Health Center. Our entrance faces Kasling and Grissom Residence Halls.

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