Scope of Practice

The Student Counseling Center (SCC) strives to facilitate student development by reducing psychological problems and distress and by enhancing mental health, well-being, quality of life, and supporting aspirations for optimal functioning.  Our primary focus is the provision of brief, confidential counseling aimed at helping students succeed academically and inter-personally.  Services offered include: professional assessment, consultation, crisis support/intervention and referral services.  When students require mental health services that are beyond the role and scope of the SCC, we will make appropriate referrals to campus and community resources.

All students seeking services will receive an opportunity for an initial appointment in order to determine whether student needs fall within the role and scope of the SCC services.  Additional appointments may be needed to determine the appropriateness of SCC services.  The decision about whether or not the needs of students fall within the role and scope of the SCC are fluid and may be made during initial appointments or at anytime during the counseling process and may require consultation with and between SCC faculty. The professional judgment of SCC mental health providers will govern the determination and each case must be specifically evaluated in accordance with professional standards.

Clinical considerations are proposed by SCC staff and faculty for determining which students may not be appropriate for SCC services to promote high quality clinically-relevant decisions, dispositions and referrals to outside counseling resources. More specific scope of practice guidelines are available to SCC individuals via the SCC Operations Manual housed in the SCC and are intended as a guide to assist evaluation. In general, students with: high level psychological and/or psychiatric needs, consistent long term care needs and needs that are beyond the scope of practice and service capabilities of the SCC will likely require a higher level of care and/or may otherwise benefit from SCC referral service to community mental health providers.