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 Group Therapy (more details below) Psychological Assessment Referrals Mandated Substance Abuse Educational Workshops Crisis Intervention Workshops/Seminars Collaborative Care with other professional service providers Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training On-Line Screening Assessments/Additional Resources: 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 Contemporary Liberal Studies as well as those students not eligible for services at OCPD have access to sliding scale/low cost counseling through the Centers for Counseling & Family Therapy at the Thornton campus (303.964.5786) or at the Colorado Springs campus (719.264.7027). Group Therapy Students often find groups to be places of extraordinary support and healing. Groups offer a safe environment to get support from others and experience a level of connection that is often missing in our everyday lives. Therapy groups give students a chance to learn from others’ experiences, try out new ways of relating, and better understand themselves and their relationships. In addition some groups focus on building skills and focusing more in depth on a variety of concerns (i.e. trauma, depression, etc.). Confidentiality, safety, and respect are a core part of all our therapy groups. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of a group opportunity while in school. OCPD group offerings differ each semester. Contact us or come by the office to see what is being offered currently. For this information about group therapy contact Dr. Melissa Auringer. Examples of Frequently Offered Groups Understanding Self and Others Group This weekly group is for undergraduate students who want to learn more about their relationships and their ways of interacting with others. The group is a place where it is safe to talk about difficulties in relationships with any significant people in your life (family, friends, significant others, etc.) and to try out new ways of relating to people by using the group as a “social laboratory”. People participate in this group for a number of reasons including having difficulties in relationships, finding their relationships are not satisfying, being curious about how others perceive them, and seeking support when experimenting with new relational behaviors. Women’s Empowerment Group The Women’s Empowerment Group is a weekly group for undergraduate women who are looking for support, encouragement, enhanced self-esteem, and improved relational skills. This group provides a warm and supportive environment for women to bond around mutual challenges and help each other grow. LGBTQ Support Group This group is for undergraduate students at all points of the self-discovery process. It offers a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for students to talk about challenges and accomplishments, give and receive support, and build strong relationships with other LGBTQ community members. Family Issues This group is open to students who are struggling with difficult family experiences that get in the way of feeling safe, developing healthy relationships, moving forward and/or building the life they are wanting. Experiences may include: a chaotic or abusive home environment, parents/family with substance problems, family members with significant mental illness, too few/too many boundaries, etc. Other potential topics for group include: trauma, grief, coping skills, disability support, anxiety/depression, etc. What Should I Expect? When people are attending a counseling appointment for the first time, they are often nervous about what will happen and what to expect at that first appointment. Our hope is to ease that anxiety by providing you with information about what to expect when you reach out to our office. First Contact When you first call the counseling center at 303.458.3507 or come by our office, (LDC Room 114), Brenda or Nicole, our administrative assistants, will ask you a few questions such as: class/program status, if you have been a previous OCPD client, mandated vs. voluntary participation in counseling, clinician preferences, etc. In addition, you will be answering questions based upon our "What Type of Appointment Do I Need?" form which assists us in determining what timeframe you need an appointment. Based upon your appointment type, your schedule and clinician requests, Brenda/Nicole will make an appointment for you for an Intake. An EMERGENCY/CRISIS appointment (e.g. you are at risk of harming yourself or others and/or you have taken steps to harm yourself or others) for which you will be seen immediately; An URGENT appointment (e.g. you have been experiencing some suicidal ideation, have experienced a sexual assault, have experienced the loss of a loved one, are experiencing a significant personal/academic crisis) for which you will be seen within the next 24-48 hours; Or a STANDARD appointment (e.g. you want to meet with a counselor for an on-going issue you have been struggling with, relationship issues, family issue, depression/anxiety, etc.) for which you will be seen within the next available appointment time--usually within a week. 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, you and your counselor will decide the best course of action to address your concerns. This may include, but is not limited to, individual counseling, group therapy, drop-in workshops, 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, how often to meet and any other case-specific requests. Your intake therapist will then schedule your next session. Crisis Support Regardless of where you fall on the "What Type of Appointment Do I Need Form?", if you believe that you need to be seen immediately, please notify Brenda/Nicole of this and they will inform 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. Under the “Faculty and Staff Awareness” Replace the whole body of text with the following: (note there is linked text in this section) FACULTY & STAFF AWARENESS 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. 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 satellite 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, Patrick Romero-Aldaz, at 303.458.4086 for more assistance or complete ‘Faculty/Staff Concern for Student Report Form’ on Webadvisor. 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 your Academic Dean with these concerns or complete the ‘Academic Concern Form’ on Webadvisor. 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 Dr. Melissa Auringer at 303.458.3510. 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. The Dean of Students has created an emergency 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 satellite 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 or complete the Academic Concern Form located on webadvisor. 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 or complete the Academic Concern Form on webadvisor. 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 Cook 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 Dr. Melissa Auringer at 303.458.3510. Drug & Alcohol Abuse As a part of Regis University's student conduct process around violations of the drug and alcohol policy, students may be referred to the Office of Counseling and Personal Development for mandated substance use psycho-educational intervention. If a student has decided to complete their mandated substance use treatment off-campus and/or is required to do so because of factors such as 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 psycho-education involved with this process has been appropriately addressed. For more information about this process, please call 303.458.3510 or email Dr. Melissa Auringer.