A. The simple definition: "Counseling is a way to get confidential help for problems or concerns from a trained professional." A more detailed definition: "Counseling is a cooperative process in which a trained professional helps the student identify the sources of difficulties or concerns that he or she is experiencing. Together they develop ways to deal with and overcome these problems so the person has new skills and increased understanding of themselves and others. The effectiveness of counseling is measured by each student's increased ability to function successfully at Oxford College and in other important areas of his/her life.
A. Examples of the kinds of concerns for which students seek counseling include:
Conflicts with friends or family members
Difficulties adjusting to new environment, culture, lifestyle, etc.
Performing poorly in academics
Feelings of sadness, depression, moodiness or irritability
Concerns about alcohol or drug use
Difficulty sleeping or feeling low in energy
Preoccupation with food and/or weight
Concerns with self-esteem
Feelings of anxiety and/or fear
Lack of clarity on an educational or career direction
Problems managing anger
Difficulties in romantic relationships
Unwanted habits and/or self-defeating behaviors
Questions about whether to remain enrolled at Oxford
Issues related to having been sexually abused, harassed or assaulted, either recently or in the past
Questions about sexual orientation
If a student's problem or concern is something the counselor is unable to help with or if the student's concerns require services beyond what Counseling and Career Services can reasonably provide, the counselor will refer the student to an appropriate off-campus resource. Another reason for a referral to a provider off-campus is a personal preference on the part of the student and again the counselor will assist the student to access a qualified off-campus resource.
A. In regard to services offered, Counseling and Career Services (CCS) offers individual counseling, couples counseling, problem-solving sessions, career assessment, career counseling, and psychiatric evaluation and medication management. CCS does not provide psychological testing, long-term psychotherapy, or psychiatric evaluation and medication for ADHD.
A. The majority of our services are free. There is a nominal fee for career assessments. All other services, however, are provided without cost. However…
Students will be charged $10 for first, second and third No Shows (missed appointments) with personal counselors and psychiatrists. Students will be charged $25 for their fourth No Show and all consecutive No Shows with personal counselors or psychiatrist. Counseling appointments are in high demand and appointment availability can be extremely limited. When appointments are scheduled and not kept, appointment times that could have otherwise been offered to other students hoping to access our services are wasted. This policy is designed not to punish students, but to encourage students to be mindful and respectful of the needs of others. To avoid incurring any fees, students must cancel their appointments within 24 hours by calling 770-784-8394, day or night, and leaving a message.
A. Students who are currently enrolled at Oxford College may see a staff member of the Counseling and Career Services without charge. College employees, alumni, and community members are not eligible to receive counseling services through Counseling and Career Services. Emory offers an employee assistance program that provides short-term counseling and referral services to faculty and staff members. Counseling and Career Services also maintains a list of community resources and mental health practitioners available to provide mental health and related services to Oxford faculty, staff, and their families.
A. In general, sessions are limited to 12-15 sessions per year.
Counseling and Career Services (CCS) typically provides short-term counseling for the kinds of concerns and difficulties students encounter in early adulthood. These can be "developmental" or "psychological" in nature. Examples of developmental concerns include homesickness, choosing an appropriate major and a future career direction, learning or improving interpersonal and communication skills, and developing one's own identity separate from family. Examples of psychological concerns include depression and low self-esteem, recovering from traumatic incidents, eating disorders, anxiety and substance abuse. For issues such as eating disorders, severe depression or anxiety, substance abuse and traumatic stress, a longer course of counseling is usually recommended.
A. CCS is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We typically close for the lunch hour (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). We are closed for Labor Day, Thanksgiving break, winter break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, spring break, and summer holidays.
A. Oftentimes, you will be offered an opportunity to meet with a counselor within three business days. Same day appointments are possible. A student has the best chance of being seen within one or two days if he/she has a flexible schedule and is willing and able to miss a class if needed.
A. Staff of the Oxford College Counseling and Career Services adheres to the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association. We have a strong commitment to keeping your records and the information you share confidential. Information about you and records regarding your concerns and treatment are privileged and will not be disclosed to anyone without your written consent.
Under rare and specific circumstances, however, our counselors may be ethically and legally obligated to breach your confidentiality. The circumstances in which confidentiality may not apply are as follows:
Your counselor believes that you or someone else is in clear and imminent danger of harm. In this circumstance, your counselor is legally obligated to inform proper authorities and others in order to help prevent the harm from occurring; your counselor may also decide that it is in your best interest to contact your family and Oxford College administrators.
You provide information indicating that someone under 18-years-old is being abused. In this circumstance your counselor is legally required to notify proper authorities.
A court orders or subpoenas your counselor to disclose information about you.
You are under 18 years old. Students under 18 years of age must have parental consent before they can receive our services. And for students under 18 years of age, their parents or legal guardians, by law, have access to their medical information.
A. No. Counseling records are not part of the student official record. Counseling records are protected by HIPAA and are not released without the consent of the adult-age student or parent of students 17 years of age or younger.
A. On or before your first appointment you will be asked to fill out a simple intake form. It will have contact information, questions about your current concerns. You will review the confidentiality policy. And you will also be asked to complete a computerized intake that will collect demographic information and information regarding your level of distress, medical and psychosocial history. In your first session you and your counselor will discuss what brings you to counseling, as well as the information on your intake form and the computerized report generated from your responses to the computerized inventory.
A. It is often best to schedule a meeting with a counselor to discuss your concerns and needs, even if all you want is a referral to an outside provider. This way, the counselor can offer you a "best-fit" referral. However, if what you need is exclusively a referral to an outside psychiatrist and psychologist for psychological testing and/or medication to diagnosis and/or treat Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, our support staff can offer you a list of community providers that will meet your needs.
A. To discuss your concerns, please contact our support staff and request a consultation appointment. You will be given an appointment to meet with a counselor and you will have the opportunity, then, to express your concerns regarding a peer, roommate, etc.
A. If you are not feeling comfortable with the counselor assigned to you, you can discuss your feelings and concerns with your counselor as a first step towards getting the help you need. If you would rather not discuss your concerns with your counselor, you can let the support staff know that you would like to continue counseling but you would like to work with a different counselor. There are absolutely no negative repercussions associated with changing counselors at any time during your course of counseling.
A. Yes, certainly. Students can request to be seen by a specific counselor, though the desired counselor may not be accepting new clients at the time of the request. The student may then need to wait to get an appointment with the counselor of his/her choosing.
A. Offering counseling via email, instant messaging, and Facebook would pose a potential breach of confidentiality, as these vehicles of communication are certainly not secure. CCS staff do not offer counseling via any of these computer-based avenues of communication to protect your privacy!
Counseling and Career Services, however, does have a Facebook page! Check it out for information regarding upcoming health education and career-related events and workshops!
A. CCS counselors are skilled in working individually with students wanting to improve their study skills, improve test taking performance, cope with test anxiety, and improve their effectiveness as a student, overall. Also CCS sponsors workshops throughout the academic year on topics of Time Management, Study Skills, and Test Anxiety.
A. Counseling and Career Services (CCS) offers career counseling, career assessments, and weekly workshops helping students to find an internship or create an impressive resume. Our Career Service Coordinator also sponsors a Mentor Program and various campus wide events and workshops to help students decide a major, consider career options, compose a PORT, and explore career fields in medicine, law, global health, etc.
A. During regular business hours, for help with medical problems, please contact Student Health Service (770.784.8476) or come by the office (we share a suite) to schedule an appointment with a nurse practitioner. For medical assistance after hours, please call 404.727.7551.
A. Access, Disability, Services and Resources (ADSR) can answer questions in regard to disabilities and needs for special accommodations. To speak with a representative from ADSR, please call 770.784.8394.
A. Unfortunately, no. Oxford College Faculty and Staff are encouraged to contact the Faculty Staff Assistance Program for counseling and consultation services. To contact FSAP, please call 404.727.4328.
A. In the event of a mental health crisis and/or an urgent need for assistance with a mental health problem, please contact Emory Police at Oxford 770.784.8377 and request to speak with an RLC on call.
If you have been prescribed medication by our psychiatrist and you are experiencing a negative reaction to the medication and our office is closed, please call Emory Police at Oxford, 770-784-8377, and ask to speak with the RLC on call.