General Information | Available Services | Confidentiality | Hours
Individual Counseling is a cooperative venture between the client and the counselor. The focus is on clarifying the concern, exploring options that may become evident to address the concern, and formulating realistic goals that can provide direction to students.
Students typically come in once per week for a 45- to 50-minute session, but may be seen more or less frequently depending on individual needs. The approach of the Counseling Center is generally short-term and problem-focused.
Group Counseling is a powerful venue for growth and change. Not only do students receive tremendous understanding, support, and encouragement from others facing similar issues, but they also gain different perspectives and ideas on those issues. Most students, though somewhat apprehensive at first, report that the group experience was helpful far beyond their expectations.
Walk-in clinic - From noon to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. each day, students can come into the Center without an appointment and see a counselor on a first-come, first-served basis. During a brief assessment interview, students can talk with counselors about their issues or problems, and a decision is made about the most appropriate follow-up to help resolve those problems.
Consultation and Referral - The Counseling Center is available to consult with faculty, staff and family members who have concerns about their students. Consultations may focus on how to assist a student experiencing a challenging time/situation, how best to refer a student to the Counseling Center or how to locate local resources. Please note that the Counseling Center staff adheres to professional ethical standards as well as state and federal laws relating to confidentiality. The standards prevent us from speaking with parents about their student's contact with the Counseling Center unless we have the student's written consent. An exception is if a student is in imminent danger.
Crisis Intervention - Immaculata's Counseling Center has an emergency on-call professional available for immediate intervention Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students in the midst of a crisis often appreciate the faculty or staff member walking with them to the Counseling Center and, in some cases, staying with them throughout the intervention. We understand that this is not always possible. Having students identify a support person who could escort them to the Bruder Center would be the next best option.
Issues that may require an emergency response include: suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol reactions and addictions, rape, domestic violence, physical assault, severe psychological distress, or psychotic behavior. This list is not all-inclusive, and we suggest that any time you have serious concerns about a student's physical or emotional safety, you treat it as an emergency.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 484-323-3478.