Maintain Mental Wellness The Office of Counseling and Personal Development (OCPD) offers students a safe and accepting environment for developing the awareness and strategies needed to handle crisis situations, address persistent problems and grow in self-knowledge and understanding. ParentsGuideCommonIssuesServicesOfferedWhat toExpectFaculty & StaffAwarenessPolicies &Procedures Information for Parents Sending your son or daughter away to college is a tough adjustment process for both you and your child. You and your son or daughter will deal with the transition in your own ways. The Office of Counseling and Personal Development is here to provide support for this adjustment process for both your child and you. As parents, you don't get an instructional manual on child/adult development. You may remember what you went through when you left home for the first time: excitement, fear, freedom, insecurity, and your child will experience some of these same feelings as well as others. The world presents different challenges for students. We are more open with the issues of sexual assault, violence in the schools, international terrorism, eating disorders, substance abuse, and AIDS. Professional mental health staff have more ways to help students deal with these issues as they go through their adjustment to college. We all have emotional development needs as we go through transitions/adjustments. What is the difference between normal adjustment pains and a severe psychological distress reaction? When do you need to be concerned about your son or daughter's adjustment reactions? You are the best expert on your son or daughter's behaviors/moods. Utilize the existing support services on campus to help assess the degree of seriousness regarding an adjustment reaction. The Office of Counseling and Personal Development staff, Residence Life staff, faculty and supervisors watch for appetite changes, sleep issues, mood changes, non-communicative behavior, withdrawal or dramatic change in behaviors, extreme secretiveness, extreme rejection sensitivity, and failure to connect with the new community. Contact the Office of Counseling and Personal Development at 303.458.3507 with any concerns you have regarding your child. Common Issues View a breakdown of our common treatment issues. Listed below are several common issues faced by college students today. For more information on the topics listed, please contact the OCPD office. • Adult Children of Alcoholics • Anger • Eating Disorders • Self-injurious Behaviors • Sleep Disorders • Sexual Assault • Sexual Orientation • Anxiety • Substance Abuse Prevention • Suicide Prevention • Trauma • Relationship Issues • GLBTIQ Issues • Bi-polar Disorder • Depression • Homesickness • Coping with Medical Problems • Substance Abuse • Stress Management • Time Management List of Services Offered Individual Counseling Couples Therapy Psychological Assessment Referrals Mandated Substance Abuse Counseling Crisis Intervention Workshops/Seminars Collaborative Care with other professional service providers Question, Probe and Refer (QPR) Training On-Line Screening Assessments Regis University's Office of Counseling and Personal Development and Screening for Mental Health Inc. offer free and anonymous/confidential online screenings for depression, alcohol use, post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, eating disorders and anxiety. The online screenings are informational, not diagnostic, and treatment recommendations are not provided. Online screening is made available so that Regis University students may find out whether consultation with an Office of Counseling and Personal Development counselor may be helpful. Begin screening here Ulifeline is an on-line resource for college mental health. You can find out information about various mental health topics, take anonymous questionnaires about various diagnoses and learn more about the resources available at Regis University and around the country. Learn more about Ulifeline. Note: Students in the College for Professional Studies have access to cost-free counseling through CPS Counseling Services at our Interlocken/Broomfield campus or CORE Counseling Services for students at our Colorado Springs campus. These counseling services are not affiliated with the Office of Counseling and Personal Development. What Should I Expect? Often time when people are attending a counseling appointment for the first time, they are nervous about what will happen and what to expect at that first appointment. Our hope is that providing you with information about what to expect when you make that call to our office, we can alleviate that anxiety. First Contact When you first call the counseling center at 303.458.3507 or come by our office, (LDC Room 114), Brenda, our administrative assistant, will ask you a few questions such as: class/program status, if you have been a previous OCPD client, mandated vs. voluntary participation, clinician preferences, etc. In addition, you can indicate to her what timeframe you would like/need to have an appointment—immediately, that day, within the next couple of days or within the next week. Based upon your schedule and clinician requests, Brenda will make an appointment for you for an Intake. Intake Appointment: Upon checking in for your Intake appointment, you will be asked to complete our Intake paperwork which consists of: Personal Information Form (demographic/referral information), review/acknowledge our Informed Consent and Notice of Privacy forms, complete a CCAPS-34 questionnaire (symptom rating checklist), and a Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation. Your Intake therapist will clarify and assess your reasons for seeking help and obtain some relevant background information. Clients often find this process comforting despite their initial stress and anxiety, and leave feeling a sense of relief. During the Intake session, the counselor and the client will decide the best course of action to address the client's concerns. This may include, but is not limited to, individual counseling, couples counseling, a referral to other services on campus, or a referral to a professional outside of the Regis Community if it appears that this would be more helpful and/or appropriate. If services will be provided through OCPD, you and your intake therapist will discuss which OCPD therapist will be the best "fit" for you given schedules, presenting problems, goodness-of-fit and any other case-specific requests. Your intake therapist will then schedule your next session. At check-in you will be required to complete several forms. You may complete the paperwork prior to your appointment by downloading and completing the documents listed below: Client Demographic/Information Form HIPAA Information Form OCPD Informed Consent OCPD Signature Page Crisis Support If you believe that you need to be seen immediately, Brenda will notify the OCPD director and you will be seen in a timely manner. If it is outside of our regular business hours or on the weekend and you are having a mental health crisis: You may call our main number at 303.458.3507 and speak to a licensed mental health professional 24/7. If you are an on-campus student, you can also contact your Residence Assistant or contact Campus Safety at 303.458.4122. If you are an off-campus student and it is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest, approved emergency room. Faculty & Staff Awareness Because faculty and staff members are on the "front lines" they are often the first to notice when a student is in distress or is struggling emotionally. We have created a Red Folder to assist faculty and staff to recognize, intervene and refer students who are exhibiting concerning behaviors. If you are ever concerned about the safety of a student you are working with, you have several options of how to seek assistance: Any signs/concerns of imminent danger, call campus safety (on the Lowell campus) at 303.458.4122 or on satelline campuses, call 911. If it is during regular office hours, call the Office of Counseling & Personal Development (OCPD) at 303.458.3507 and seek assistance/consultation. If it is after hours or on the weekends, you may call our main phone line at 303.458.3507 to speak to a licensed mental health therapist If you have concerns about the safety of a student or other campus concerns that are not imminent (but still concerning) please contact the Regis University Dean of Students, Diane McSheehy, at 303.458.4086 for more assistance In cases where you are concerned about a student whose grades have dropped, are obviously not working up to his/her potential, seem to be experiencing repeated and prolonged medical issues and are overall not engaging in the academic progress, we would encourage you to notify Dean of Students, Diane McSheehy (303.458.4086) with these concerns. By "cutting students a break", the student may never reach the appropriate, administrative staff who can talk with the student about all of the concerns presented and provide the student with necessary services. Especially for faculty, there is an excellent tool to assist you in honing your skills when managing a variety of student interactions. This computer-based, interactive tool was created by the University of Minnesota and provides many examples of how to respond to students within a variety of contexts. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting the Director of the Office of Counseling & Personal Development, Chaney Givens at 303.458.3529. OCPD Policies and Procedures OCPD's Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOP) constantly changes to meet the needs of our students and the Regis community. To review a copy of the SOP, or for questions about our procedures, feel free to contact our director, Chaney Givens, at 303.458.3529. Medical Concerns/ Leaves of Absence University policies are in place to ensure that students benefit from an atmosphere for study, personal exploration and development, as well as an atmosphere that is most conducive to intellectual, individual, and communal growth. Students are encouraged to exercise their freedom and judgment while respecting the rights and needs of the campus community. At times, a student’s physical and/or mental health can create significant disruptions to the development and maintenance of that community. During these times, Student Life staff may become involved in addressing the student’s health concern. Students may be expected to fulfill certain requirements, such as appointments with a health care provider, medication, or other treatments in order to treat the health issue. If the circumstances are determined to be more serious in nature, students may be asked to take a Medical Leave of Absence from Regis in order to restore their health to a level at which they are fit to live in a community. More information on this process is available in the Student Handbook. Students may be asked to see a mental health professional for an evaluation before they are permitted to return to campus. This mental health professional must then complete the Mandated Treatment Summary Form and write a letter detailing his or her professional opinion. These original materials are then mailed or faxed to the Dean of Students. The Dean will then review these documents, often with the assistance of the Special Evaluation Team, before making a decision on the student’s return to the University. For more information about this process, please call Dean McSheehy at 303.458.4086. Drug & Alcohol Abuse As a part of Regis College's disciplinary process around the use of drugs or alcohol on campus, students may be referred to the Office of Counseling and Personal Development for a mandated substance use assessment. If a student has decided to complete their mandated substance abuse treatment off campus and/or is required to do so due to the time in the semester, non-compliance issues or severity of the abuse, the off campus provider will need to complete a Mandated Substance Use Treatment Form to document that the assessment and psychoeducation involved with this process has been appropriately addressed. For more information about this process, please call 303.458.3529 or email Dr. Chaney Givens.