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All registered students at Indiana State University, are eligible to receive counseling services at the SCC. Depression, anxiety, difficulties in relationships, feelings of inadequacy, sexuality issues, identity problems, substance abuse issues and problems interfering with academic functioning are some of the concerns students address through counseling. The SCC does not offer treatment for all emotional or psychological disorders, particularly those disorders that are chronic, severe, or involving the high risk of harm to self or others, including severe personality or psychotic disorders, and severe substance abuse or recovery. Clients needing extended treatment or special services beyond those offered at the SCC will be referred to competent resources in the Terre Haute community.
- Fees for counseling will be based on the number of sessions used, with a maximum charge of $60. This primarily covers counseling (Individual, Group, and Couple’s counseling) and use of the psychiatrist during the fall and spring semesters.
- As noted, the first 3 sessions of counseling are free.
- Students who are seen for 4-6 session will be charged $30.
- Students who use 7 sessions or more will be charged an additional $30.
- Please note that students seeking services during the summer will be allowed 3 free sessions after which they will be charged $30 to cover the remainder of the summer.
- Paying the fee does not entitle students to see the psychiatrist. Psychiatric referral is done on a case by case basis and must be facilitated by the student’s counselor. As noted on the consent form, to see the psychiatrist the student must be actively seeing a counselor within the Counseling Center.
- The fee for counseling will reset at the beginning of each academic year.
Below are forms that students will need to fill out prior to starting services with us. These forms can be fill out in our office or can be print and filled out by students prior to making the first appointment. If you have any questions about our forms please contact Theresa Ortega our Office Manager.
However, if you do not feel as though you can keep yourself safe or others safe, please call Public Safety (812.237.5555) or 911. We have also included crisis hotline resources below.
After scheduling your first appointment with our front staff, please plan on arriving approximately 20 – 30 minutes early to complete initial paperwork. You will be given some short forms to read and complete, which will let you know what to expect and will allow you to provide some information about yourself for your intake counselor. You will then meet with one of counselors for your triage appointment. The triage appointment is shorter than a typical therapy appointment. It will last between 20 – 30 minutes. This appointment will help your counselor to gain a better understanding of your current concerns and how the counseling center can best help you. At the end of this first appointment, you and your triage counselor will select a plan which best meets your needs (e.g., individual counseling, group therapy, one session only, or a referral to another office). It is important to mention that the counselor that you meet with for your triage may or may not be the counselor that you continue to see if individual therapy is recommended. Please remember your visit is confidential. Visiting the SCC will not become part of your academic record. Your family and friends don't need to know if you don't want to tell them. Except in emergency situations or in cases where you have given us written permission, we do not share your records with anyone.
- Discuss and explore problems or feelings that are important to you
- Grow toward greater freedom in making informed choices
- Peer to peer interactions within a therapist facilitated group setting
- Provides the opportunity to share and learn from others
- Gives an opportunity to provide and receive feedback and support
- A majority of our groups are free and students do not have to be engaged in counseling services to attend.
Drug and Marijuana Groups
The Student Counceling Center offers Alcohol and Marijuana psychoeducational groups for any student interested in attending. The groups will run throughout the semester and are a total 3 hours. The groups have been designed to help promote awarness for college students. Students interested in attending this group can contact us at 812.237.3939.
- Address sources of stress and conflict within your relationships
- Available to all current ISU students.
*Both individuals must be ISU students
- Psychiatric evaluation and consultation is available upon appropriate referral
- Initial evaluation is included in the one- time $60 fee for the academic school year
Alcohol and Other Drug Programs
- Assessment and clinical evaluation of substance use
- Consultation, educational programming, and treatment
Sport Performance Excellence Training
- Collaborative effort directed by the Student Counseling Center for athletes and coaches
- Provides sport psychology mental training, interventions and team building to any Indiana State University athlete
For more information, visit SPEP
What to expect on your first appointment.
- After scheduling please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to complete inital paperwork.
- You will then meet with one of our counselors for your triage appointment. This is shorter than a typical therapy appointment and can last between 20-30 minutes. This allows the counselor to gain a better understanding of current concerns and how the counseling center can help.
- At the end you and the counselor will select a plan that best meets your needs (e.g. individual counseling, group therapy, one session only or referal to another office).
- It is important to mention that this counselor my not be the one you continue to see if individual therapy is recommended.
The SCC offers personality assessment, substance abuse and eating disorder assessment, cognitive testing for disabilities such as ADHD and learning disabilities, and occasional career testing. Our counselors may recommend certain testing as part of the therapy process. Students are also able to request certain types of testing and the decision to perform such assessments will be made in conjunction with the student’s counselor.
Counselors at the SCC may recommend certain types of testing as part of the therapy process, including personality assessment and symptom inventories. This type of testing can help determine the type of treatment a student needs and track progress over time.
Specialized testing services, such as substance abuse evaluations or disability assessments, are offered at the SCC for a fee.
Substance Abuse Evaluations
At times, students may be referred for formal drug and alcohol evaluations to satisfy requirements for Student Conduct and Integrity, the courts, or another referring entity. The SCC uses a structured assessment to determine the student’s current and future level of risk. Recommendations for treatment are made as part of the assessment process, and this information can be provided, at the student’s request, to the referring agency.
Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Learning Disability (LD) Assessment
Often, students may find that they are struggling in their college courses due to issues with concentration or learning difficulties. These problems can be caused by many different factors, including family problems, a recent break-up, poor study habits, anxiety, and depression. In rare cases, a student may have undiagnosed ADHD and/or a learning disability.
If you believe you may have ADHD or a learning disability, you can follow these steps to receive services at the SCC:
Step 1: Contact the SCC to schedule a “first contact” appointment.
Step 2: Speak with your assigned counselor about your symptoms and possible factors contributing to these problems.
Step 3: If you and your counselor agree that ADHD/LD testing would be helpful, you will be placed on a waiting list for the next available testing professional.
* At peak times during the academic year, students may have to wait for a month or more before the testing process begins. However, you may continue to meet with your individual counselor for support during this time.
Step 4: Meet with the testing professional for a thorough clinical interview.
Step 5: Symptom questionnaires, cognitive testing, and in some cases personality testing may be performed based on what the testing professional determines is necessary. Formal testing can take up to 2-5 hours to complete and is usually conducted over 2 or more sessions.
Step 6: The testing professional will meet with you to explain the testing results, any diagnosis given, and recommendations of techniques or services that can help you improve.
Step 7: The testing professional can provide you documentation of the testing and diagnosis if you wish to register your disability with Disabled Student Services at ISU in order to receive certain accommodations, or to consult with a physician or psychiatrist about the use of medication to reduce the impact of your disability.
* Because of the amount of time involved in conducting an ADHD/LD assessment, the entire process could take a month or more to complete. Students should not expect to receive a quick diagnosis of ADHD or a learning disability.
Parents, as well as faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to consult with SCC staff if they believe a student is experiencing distress and would like information or guidance about how best to help. To consult with one of our counselors, please call our office at 812-237-3939 and ask to speak to an available counselor.
For information about what to do in the case of an emergency, please see our Crisis Intervention page.
The SCC provides a brochure titled "Students in Distress: A Referral Guide", which discusses signals and "red flags," highlights intervention guidelines in assisting students, and provides a list of referral sources on campus. Please also refer to the following information on this page regarding warning signs, how to refer students for services, and ideas about how to talk to students about your concerns.