What Happens When a Student Goes to the Counseling Center?
Students should be encouraged to arrange for a consultation by calling 570-372-4751 or stopping by the Counseling Center. Students are seen as soon as possible, although during periods of high demand there may be a delay. In emergency situations, however, a student will be seen that day. If necessary, the student may wait in a private room for the next available counselor.
Students are asked to fill out confidential information forms before meeting with a counselor. During the initial session, the counselor will assess the student’s concerns and needs. Students need to know that communication with us is confidential. We cannot discuss a student, his/her situation, or even the fact that counseling is being received at the Counseling Center without the student’s permission. The only exceptions to this are imminent suicide, homicide, or suspected child or elder abuse, and even in these circumstances disclosures are limited to those who can provide immediate assistance.
If the counselor and student agree that individual counseling is appropriate, the student and the counselor will meet on a regular basis, usually weekly for approximately 50 minutes each session. Generally a student continues with the counselor they first see, although it is possible to refer to another counselor at SU or off campus. It is possible that the student may leave the initial appointment feeling able to handle the problem on his/her own. We cannot require a student to accept any suggestion we make unless our professional judgment indicates that psychiatric hospitalization is mandatory.