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West Chester University

West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Department of Counseling and Psychological Services-The Counseling Center

Location: Commonwealth Hall
Fall and spring semesters
(when classes are in session)
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
First and Second Summer Sessions

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: 610-436-2301

Counseling services are available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed psychologists, consulting psychiatrists, graduate-level trainees, and a drug/alcohol counselor. Confidential information shared in the Counseling Center is protected by both state law and professional ethics. Individual and group modalities of treatment are offered. Please consult the Counseling Center's web page for current group offerings: http://www.wcupa.edu/counselingcenter.

Counseling Services:

Students present with a variety of concerns, so different modalities are offered to best meet the needs of the individual. Any of the following approaches may be implemented to address a student's concerns:

Individual psychological counseling consists of a one-to-one experience with the focus on resolving personal or interpersonal conflicts.

Group counseling consists of a small number of students who meet weekly with a leader or co-leaders. Groups are especially helpful for students who wish to share their concerns with peers and enhance their social skills in a therapeutic setting.

Career counseling is typically a one-to-one experience with the focus on clarifying the student's career path. Career choice is most solid when it is the outgrowth of understanding oneself. Several assessment instruments are available to aid the student in exploring values, interests, and abilities.

Psychiatric services are provided on a limited basis. Students in need of a psychiatric assessment or medication must be in treatment with a Counseling Center therapist. There is a nominal fee for psychiatric services.

Testing/assessment may include psychological batteries or assessment tools. Assessment is an adjunct to counseling, typically providing direction or assisting with a course of action.

Consultation services are provided to individuals who seek guidance, direction, or education. For example, faculty members who are concerned about the well-being of a student may consult on the best way to approach a student in distress. The Counseling Center also maintains a referral guide for those requesting the names/numbers of providers in the area.

Outreach presentations are given, upon request, by counselors throughout the year for students in residence halls, classes, student organizations, and special interest groups.