When the pressures of life and school become overwhelming, it's nice to
know someone is here to help.
The primary mission of the Student Counseling Service Center is to help
students, faculty and staff reach their full potential and contribute not
only to society, but their families and careers as well. Their main purpose
is to help students succeed in their academic lives.
The center ensures that students will get professional-level service by
employing nine licensed psychologists. The counseling team also includes
the center's director and licensed psychologist Garry Klukken and licensed
counseling psychologist Marci Burroughs.
To be placed in individual or group therapy, students must visit the
center during walk-in hours, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. and in the afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The center then
administers an intake interview to each student, so the psychologists can
assess the student's needs and recommend a course of treatment.
At the reception desk, students will receive papers to fill out. The first
part of the application requires some basic background information from
students, such as age, level in school, major, and family and medical
history. Next, students will fill out two different screening surveys that
help the counselors get an idea of the students' lives. Students also
receive a handout on therapy and their rights as a client.
It is important for students to know that the patient/doctor
confidentiality will not be broken. The patient must give permission for a
psychologist to break confidentiality -- unless the person is a threat to
themselves or others.
After students finish the intake process, their work is given to a
therapist, who will review the information given. Then the therapist
recommends the type of counseling each student needs.
There are three types of counseling services offered at the center:
Individual therapy offers support in a confidential setting, so students
may feel more comfortable about discussing their problems. Students who
participate in this service have problems ranging from adjustment to
university life to childhood trauma or alcohol and drug use. After students
go through the intake process and talk to a therapist, they are referred to
a individual therapist.
Group counseling offers a setting where students can talk about their
problems with other students who have been in the same situations and
understand the feelings involved.
"There is something about having a group of people who really understand
what you gone through because they have been there," Klukken said. "That
The focus of therapy groups includes general therapy, eating disorders,
dissertation therapy and survivors of sexual abuse. Again, students go
through the intake process, but they are scheduled for a group
"It's a chance for the person to meet with the group leader and to find
out more about the group," Burroughs said. "And it is a chance for the
group leader to get to know the client, to make sure that they are going to
be appropriate for that particular group."
The last type of counseling is crisis intervention. Crisis intervention
counseling is for students who experience any type of crisis. Counseling
gives them a means to cope with the crisis.
In addition, the center offers self-help courses, outreach presentation,
consultation with faculty and staff and a training program. The self-help
programs are meant to assist students in their personal, academic and
professional development. There are four one-credit hour courses offered
during the semester that students can register for.
"There is a how-to-study class and that's really for anybody who's wanting
to improve their study skill," Burroughs said. "It is a very valuable
course that teaches all kinds of study skills: note taking, test taking --
general study skills."
Another course that is extremely useful to students is a stress-management
The center's main wish is to help students, Klukken said. "If we could do
that for only one or two people, it's worth it," she said. "We have been
really successful in enabling a lot of students to be able to stay here as
scholars who would have had to leave school or whose work would have been
significantly diminished because of other things that were happening in
The Student Counseling Center is located at 900 Volunteer Blvd. For more
information, students can call the center at 974-2196 or visit its Web page
Counseling Center guides students to academic, personal
Published: Fri Jul 30, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:53 p.m.