Counseling Center

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J-204 Mon. and Fri.  |  9:00am-5:00pm
J-204 Tues.-Thurs.  |  9:00am-7:00pm
(609) 652-4722  |  wellctr@stockton.edu

 

At Stockton University's Counseling Center, our primary mission is to strengthen student learning by minimizing interruption of the learning process caused by mental health concerns. We offer crisis intervention and counseling, presentation services, professional consultation, and graduate training. Our staff is comprised of licensed (or license-eligible) mental health counselors and social workers, as well as graduate interns who provide a confidential environment in which you may explore and resolve issues of concern.

We provide free, short-term confidential counseling to Stockton students. If the needs of students require help from outside providers, appropriate referrals will be made.

At the initial appointment, the student and the counselor decide which resources are currently available at the Center, at other campus offices, and/or in the community that are best suited to help with their particular concerns.


Mental Health Online Screening
A free, anonymous, confidential mental health screening is available through Screening for Mental Health, Inc.*  The screening may assess a student's concern regarding:
  • Alcohol
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The screening is voluntary and is primarily used for educational purposes.  It is not a substitute for an official diagnostic examination.  Due to the anonymous, confidential nature of this screening, no contact information will be collected and no follow-ups will be initiated by the Counseling Center.  Students who complete an online screening are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center and discuss their results.

*Please review the mental health screening disclaimer.

 

Eligibility
Counseling services are available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Stockton. Faculty and staff are not eligible for Counseling Services at this time and are encouraged to contact Human Resources for EAP referrals.

Initial Session Guidelines
Your first face to face meeting with a clinician is an in-depth intake interview where the clinician gathers information about your concerns, background information, pressures that may impact current problems, and goals for counseling. The clinicians are bound by confidentiality, which means that what is said in session remains in session. There are a few exceptions to this rule:

  1. Plans to harm yourself
  2. Plans to harm specific others
  3. Permission provided by you
  4. Abuse of a child, adult, or elderly person
  5. Court subpoena

Counseling Services is committed to providing the best possible care to our clients. We are also a training facility for psychologists, counselors, and social workers. As a result you may meet with more than one staff member during your first few sessions but you will be assigned to one primary therapist to meet with on an on-going basis. If you have any questions, please make sure to ask them during the initial session.

Counseling Sessions
Counseling Services uses a brief counseling model. Brief counseling has several important features: (a) the focus is on identifying specific and attainable goals, (b) attention is given primarily to the present rather than the past, and (c) both counselor and client are active in the process. For those who may require more intensive work, Counseling Services can provide referral options that are available locally. A counseling session is typically 30-60 minutes in length and sessions are commonly scheduled weekly or bimonthly. If you arrive late for your appointment, you will have a reduced amount of time in the session or you may need to reschedule.

Session Limits
Counseling Services provides short-term counseling to discuss any personal concerns you may be facing and works with you to develop new ways of resolving problems. Most problems are resolved within six sessions or less. There is no limit on the number of sessions you can meet with your counselor, though a student may require more intensive or specialized treatment than Counseling Services can provide. In that case, your counselor will assist you in finding a local treatment provider who can better meet your particular needs.

Confidentiality
Counseling Services will release information from counseling sessions to outside parties only at the request of the client or a subpoena. Records are confidential and will not leave Counseling Services unless there is an emergency situation. Counseling Services records are not kept as part of the educational record. We will not answer questions about you from parents, family, friends, significant other, professors, employer or anyone else outside of the Counseling Services staff.

Parents and guardians are not contacted unless we have permission from you or if there is a risk to your safety (i.e.: suicide risk/attempt, emergency room evaluation and/or a threat to yourself or others). If there is a risk, information may only be shared that aids in obtaining ongoing care and ensuring safety. In rare cases where there is a risk to you or the community, Counseling Services reserves the right to notify the Dean of Students, the Vice President of Student Affairs and/or Campus Police, especially if you are an active danger to yourself and/or to others.

Record Storage
Counseling records and individual documents are maintained electronically, are password protected and accessible by Counseling Services staff only. Client records will be kept for at least ten (10) years after the date of the last contact with our department.

Testing Data
Raw data, such as answer sheets and test booklets, are protected by copyright and may only be released to trained clinicians. Assessment and testing data are explained during the follow-up session.

Graduate Assistants and Interns
Graduate assistants and interns are actively receiving intensive training and often work with a smaller number of clients, allowing them to review and focus on treatment. Occasionally they may ask for your permission to record a counseling session through audio and/or video. This is optional and you would be asked to sign a release prior to the recorded session. Both audio and videotapes are erased after they are used in training the graduate student who recorded them.

Email
Email communication with members of the Counseling Services staff should be used in scheduling appointments only. We recognize the importance of email but, because it is not a secure medium of communication and our staff does not maintain 24-hour access to their email, it will not be used to discuss on-going treatment issues.

Groups
You may also benefit from group counseling and we strive to offer a variety of support groups and psychoeducational classes every semester. For most groups there is no limit to the number of sessions you may attend. Please see our section on Group Counseling for current group and class offerings.

Client Rights

  • Review credentials of all Counseling Services staff members including but not limited to: education, experience, and professional counseling certification and licensure(s).
  • Request a particular counselor; male or female.
  • Terminate the counseling relationship at any time.
  • Have your conversations treated confidentially and be informed of any limitations on confidentiality in the counseling relationship.
  • Ask questions about the counseling techniques and strategies used by a counselor.
  • Participate in setting goals and evaluating progress toward them.

Client Responsibilities

  • Please arrive on time for your counseling session appointment.
  • If unable to keep an appointment, call our office at 609-652-4722 to cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Actively participate in counseling by asking questions and staying involved.

Making an Appointment 

If you are visiting the Wellness Center for the first time, you will be scheduled to meet with a counselor for an intake.

Students can make an appointment for services by calling the Counseling Center at 609.652.4722 or by coming to the office, located in J-204, to schedule an intake. Because many students use our services, there may be a waiting period as the semester goes on (usually from a few days to 2 weeks) before the first appointment can be scheduled.

Appointments are available Monday-Friday during the semester and Monday through Thursday during the summer. A limited number of walk-in appointments are available for students who need to be seen on the same day. If you are in crisis, please inform the receptionist and we will make every attempt to respond to you as soon as possible.

Canceling an Appointment

Counseling Services are offered on an appointment basis. Canceling or missing appointments leads to an ineffective use of valuable staff time which could have been afforded to other students in need. If you must miss a session due to illness or emergency, please contact the center to cancel the appointment as far in advance as possible.

Our staff offers crisis intervention services during regular office hours. If you are a Stockton University student or are concerned about a Stockton student and need to talk to someone in the Counseling Center, please call (609) 652-4722.

In case of a mental health emergency, call 911.

The Wellness Center creates a web of support for faculty, staff, and students through a variety of education and prevention efforts. Those who may benefit include: 
  • those interested in learning more about college student mental health 
  • those who may want to know more about how to help a friend
  • those who may feel stigmatized regarding seeking therapy

In addition the Wellness Center staff is trained to give presentation to faculty, staff, and students about issues that are relevant to life on the college campus such as Green Dot, Soul Collage, Anger Management, and Peer Education.  A large number of these workshops are offered under the Undergraduate Learning, Training, and Awareness Program (U.L.T.R.A). These are designed to offer support in dealing with difficult issues and exploring alternatives to enhance the quality of college life.  Topics such as the Seven Domains of Wellness (physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual and social) are addressed in these programs.