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Counseling Center

Humphreys 131
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4060
Hours: 8 AM-12PM, 1PM-5PM
Summer: M-TH 7:30AM-12PM,1PM-4:30PM



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Counseling Center

FAQ

How do I know if I need counseling? 

Am I eligible for services at the Counseling Center?

If I am under 18 can I go to the Counseling Center?

Is there a fee?

How do I make appointments?

What kind of counseling does the Counseling Center provide?

How many sessions will I need to have?

Does the Counseling Center provide medication?

If I go to the Counseling Center, will they put me in a hospital or have me kicked out of school?

How do I get help in a crisis?

I'm currently in treatment. Can I continue treatment at UCM?

I’m worried about someone else.  Can the Counseling Center help?

Is the Counseling Center staffed by professionals?

Does the Counseling Center provide counseling for faculty and staff?

What kinds of problems can the Counseling Center help with?

Will the Counseling Center write me an excuse letter?

Will people judge me if I seek counseling?

Will the counselor be able to tell me how to "fix" my problems?

None of the counselors at the Counseling Center has the same background or experiences I do. Can a counselor help me if they haven’t been through what I’ve been through?

Does the Counseling Center provide letters for documenting the need for an Emotional Support Animal?

How do I know if I need counseling?

Students generally seek counseling when they:

  • Are feeling stuck or distressed
  • Are not functioning as well as they used to
  • Want the perspective of a professional

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Any enrolled student who is not UCM faculty or staff is eligible for an initial assessment.  For couples counseling, both members of the couple must be a UCM student.

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Am I eligible for services at the Counseling Center?

If I am under 18 can I go to the Counseling Center?

Yes. But confidentiality and consenting to treatment are different for minors. The psychologist you see will discuss these things with you. Click here for additional forms.

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No, there is no fee; Counseling Center services are free to UCM students.


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Is there a fee?
How do I make appointments?

The Counseling Center is located in 131 Humphreys.  Students can stop by to make an appointment or call (660) 543-4060.

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Counseling Center provides brief individual, couples, and/or group counseling.  Most students’ needs are met in a few appointments.

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What kind of counseling does the Counseling Center provide?
How many sessions will I need to have? During your initial appointment, the student and the counselor will discuss counseling needs. If you need longer-term therapy, the counselor can make an appropriate referral to an off campus provider.

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No, the Counseling Center does not have staff that can prescribe medication.  Clients of the Counseling Center who may benefit from medication are provided an appropriate referral. Students who want to explore medication as an option, but do not want counseling should seek out a psychiatrist or physician in the community who is willing to discuss this with them.  Students who are already on medication and want to switch to a provider near campus should contact their current prescriber or their insurance carrier for referral options. The Counseling Center maintains a list of community resources and we would be glad to share these with you. 

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Does the Counseling Center provide medication?
If I go to the Counseling Center, will they put me in a hospital or have me kicked out of school?

Counseling Center staff does not have the power to hospitalize students or kick them out of school.  A counselor may require a student, who poses a serious risk of harm to self or others, to be transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but it is the hospital’s decision as to whether or not the student needs to stay there.  If the hospital feels the student is not an immediate danger, they will not require them to stay.  This means that students we see who are hospitalized have been evaluated twice:  once by the Counseling Center and once by the hospital.  This makes it very unlikely that someone would be mistakenly admitted to a psychiatric hospital when they didn’t really need to be there.

Suicide is a leading cause of death among college students. Mental health professionals have a legal and ethical duty to protect individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or others.  It is important to remember that just because a person doesn’t want to be in a hospital doesn’t mean they don’t need to be there. 

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For personal/emotional crises during business hours, call the Counseling Center at 660-543-4060 or walk in to our office in 131 Humphreys. An emergency appointment will be arranged.  For a personal/emotional crisis outside of business hours, call 1-888-279-8188.  For life threatening emergencies after Center hours, call 911 or go to the local ER.

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How do I get help in a crisis?
I'm currently in treatment. Can I continue treatment at UCM?

It is important to keep your current treatment providers or arrange for new providers in the community before you arrive at UCM. The Counseling Center does not provide any long-term therapy nor can we prescribe medications. If you already have treatment - in psychotherapy/counseling and/or taking a psychotropic medication - it is best to plan to keep these treatment relationships if at all possible. If it is not possible to do so, then you should make appointments with new treatment providers in the community in advance of your arrival on campus. Here is a link to referral options.

Warrensburg Area Referrals

 

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Faculty, staff, friends, family, and others can be very concerned about a student's well being and want to talk to a professional about what to do or how to refer them for counseling. Our professional staff is available during business hours for consultation regarding the welfare of UCM students. Simply call 660-543-4060 and let us know that you want to consult with a counselor.

When referring a student for counseling, let the student know you are concerned about them and encourage them to make an appointment. If the student is willing but scared, you can initiate the call and put the student on the line to set up the appointment. You could also offer to walk over to the Center with the student if they prefer.  Reassure the student that counseling services are professional, confidential, and helpful.

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I’m worried about someone else.  Can the Counseling Center help?
Is the Counseling Center staffed by professionals? Yes, staff members are licensed psychologists or psychology trainees under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

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No.  Faculty and staff mental health needs are served by the New Directions Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  The program can be accessed by calling 800-624-5544 or by visiting their website www.ndbh.com.  See UCM's Human Resources website for more information: http://www.ucmo.edu/hr/benefits/EAP.cfm

Many faculty and staff have health insurance with mental health benefits.  This can be accessed by calling the number on the back of your insurance card.

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Does the Counseling Center provide counseling for faculty and staff?

What kinds of problems can the Counseling Center help with?

The Counseling Center can help people suffering from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, but that’s not all.  We can also be of help to students who:

  • want to improve self-esteem and self-confidence
  • are trying to adjust to their new environment
  • want to have better relationships
  • are  having academic problems such as difficulty with  test anxiety
  • are feeling stressed out
  • are trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their lives
  • are coping with having been assaulted

Counseling provides a safe, confidential opportunity to talk things over with someone who is not directly involved in your life. This can help clarify your feelings, needs, and options.

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The Counseling Center does not make recommendations to course instructors, academic advisors, or other officials to excuse absences, allow make-up tests, grant incomplete grades, or to change an academic requirement or to take academic action. 

If you have received services from the Counseling Center and would like your counselor to write a letter to your course instructor, academic advisor or other University official, please note that your counselor may write a letter to:

  • Confirm your attendance of counseling sessions

And/or

  • Provide a brief summary of your presenting concerns and the progress you made in counseling.

Your counselor may also provide a professional opinion regarding how your individual concerns might impact your academic performance. Your counselor will determine the appropriateness of providing such opinions after he/she is able to work with you for a period of time and a proper assessment has been conducted.

You will need to sign an authorization to permit the release of information before your counselor can write a letter to another party revealing that you received SCS services.  Information that your counselor provides to the recipient of a letter is no longer protected by the confidentiality of the Counseling Center and may become part of your educational record.  FERPA states that certain individuals may access your educational record, such as a school official who has a legitimate educational interest; this record may also be accessed in the event of a “health and safety” emergencyAdditionally, parents of students who are claimed as dependents on the federal income tax form may be able to access a student’s educational record.  Only the specific information for which you provide authorization is released.  All other information remains protected under the confidentiality laws of the State of Missouri.


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Will the Counseling Center write me an excuse letter?

Will people judge me if I seek counseling?

People may judge you for any reason, but it is important to remember that students who seek counseling are taking positive steps toward addressing their concerns.  There is nothing weak about a person who does this.  In fact, it takes courage to make that first appointment and to explore sensitive feelings and painful experiences.

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There is no “quick fix” for most problems.  Your counselor is there to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, and concerns, expand your options, and assist you in achieving the goals you have set.

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Will the counselor be able to tell me how to "fix" my problems?

None of the counselors at the Counseling Center has the same background or experiences I do.   Can a counselor help me if they haven’t been through what I’ve been through?

Counselors are trained to be sensitive to and respectful of individual differences, including the specific concerns of students with regard to gender, racial/ethnic, cultural, religious, age, sexual preference/orientation, and socioeconomic issues.

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To receive permission for an emotional support animal (ESA), a student must have: 1) a documented disability and 2) a recommendation that an ESA is a reasonable accommodation for that disability. A specialized evaluation is necessary to establish these two facts. The Counseling Center does not provide this type of evaluation and cannot provide the documentation needed for an ESA.

 

A good place to start would be an appointment with the Office of Accessibility Services in the University Union, Room 222, phone number 660-543-4421.

 

Most frequently, documentation of a disability is obtained from one of your health service providers from whom you have been receiving treatment for some time. Otherwise, you may need to seek a provider who does evaluations for the purpose of disability determinations.

 

Below are some options in the Kansas City metropolitan area for professionals who could do evaluations regarding the need for an ESA:

 

Ochester Psychological Services

https://mindfulkc.com

816-561-9494

 

Dr Dan Clairborn

http://courtpsychologist.com

913-438-2100

 

Reduced Cost Clinic:

Kansas City Free Health Clinic-Midtown

816-753-5144

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Does the Counseling Center provide letters for documenting the need for an Emotional Support Animal?