You will have your first session (also known as the intake session) where you will:
Fill out paperwork and an assessment with your counselor.
It sometimes takes more than one session for you and the intake counselor(s) to decide upon the therapeutic goals that will be focused upon in upcoming sessions.
In addition, you may be apprised of appropriate group therapy opportunities available to you (both here on campus, and off campus). And you might be referred to the Wellness Center’s Student Health Center, for a possible medication evaluation. Of course, you can always refuse this option. Additionally, you may be referred to other outside help, depending upon the severity of your presenting problem.
The SCRC takes confidentiality very seriously, and follows all applicable federal and state laws relative to this issue, and also adheres to the ethical rules set by the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors. We MUST have a release of information signed to share information with anyone outside of the SCRC, except in specific instances that involve danger or serious harm to you or others, or if child or elderly abuse comes to light, or if a court order comes into play. You will be given the opportunity to read (and sign) intake paperwork that explains these exceptions.