While You WaitAt Student Counseling & Psychological Services (SCPS), we place a high priority on being accessible to students. The decision to seek help is often not an easy one. In fact, it can be an act of courage and bravery to acknowledge that you are struggling and decide to get assistance.
Dr. Moose is the SCPS therapy dog. Join Moose every Thursday at 4 pm for “Get Mov’in with Moose”…..a 3-mile walk around the Auburn campus. You can find Moose and his handler on the concourse outside the Student Center’s Starbucks. Dr. Moose knows how important exercise is to one’s mental health. You’ll also have the opportunity to pet the softest ears of any dog alive!
This workshop consists of three sessions (bringing awareness, identifying values, and generalizing skills) that are intended to help you learn new tools and get a better idea of what you might like to change in your life.
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Online Anxiety Toolbox Workshop
Access this popular in person workshop from the comfort of your own space. You’ll receive the same information as in person. You must be a client to access.
This workshop is a three-session seminar, each session lasting 30 minutes, intended to help increase your understanding, knowledge, and skills regarding anxiety. The Anxiety Toolbox uses a cognitive behavioral framework to help you recognize and manage symptoms you may be experiencing.
Access this popular in person workshop from the comfort of your own space. You’ll receive the same information as in person. You must be a client to access. This workshop includes three sessions, each lasting approximately 25 minutes, that focus on helping participants understand depressive symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. Getting Unstuck utilizes a cognitive behavioral perspective to help you develop a plan for addressing your depressive symptoms.
Student Counseling & Psychological Services’ counselors are available weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call the counseling center at 334.844.5123 and request to talk to the on-call emergency counselor. If necessary, a follow-up, face-to-face emergency appointment will be scheduled for the same day.
Examples of emergencies or urgent situations:
- Contemplating suicide
- Strong desire to harm someone else
- Not able to guarantee keeping yourself or others safe
- Recently sexually or physically assaulted
- Recent death of loved one
- Having strange experiencing such as hearing voices or seeing things that others are not
- Recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital
After hours/ Crisis Resources:
- After regular business hours, weekends, and holidays, a Student Counseling & Psychological Services on-call emergency counselor can be reached at (334-844-5123).
- The East Alabama Mental Health Center has a toll free number that may be called 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergencies (800.815.0630). The clinician on-call will assist you as needed.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- ULifeline is an organization dedicated to suicide prevention: www.ulifeline.org
- The Trevor Project: A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth 1.866.488.7386
- Call 911 if you are at imminent risk of harming yourself or someone else. Or, get help from someone who can take you to the nearest emergency room. In Lee County, the nearest emergency room is located at the East Alabama Medical Center, 2000 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801, 334.749.3411
What You Can Expect If You Are Put on the Waitlist Following Your Intake Appointment
Student Counseling & Psychological Services makes every effort to get clients assigned to an individual counselor as soon as possible following their intake appointment. During peak demand times, this is not always possible. When this occurs, your intake counselor will provide you with a number of resources (other than individual counseling) that you may utilize until you are assigned.
We know it is frustrating to wait once you have made the decision to seek out counseling. It is frustrating for the Student Counseling & Psychological Services staff too. We are professional helpers and do not like that students must wait when they are suffering, struggling, or not performing at their highest levels. Please know that we are always doing our best to assist students with a minimal wait time while maintaining the highest quality of mental health care.
The waitlist is for those clients who have been seen for an intake appointment and have not been assigned to a counselor for individual therapy. During peak demand times, the severity and urgency of a student’s presenting issues are considered when determining whether they will be assigned to an individual counselor immediately or placed on the waitlist. At times, a student’s limited time availability may also make it difficult to schedule individual counseling.
One of the Student Counseling & Psychological Services Counselor and Support Services Coordinators will email or telephone you 10 business days after your intake appointment to offer a follow-up meeting to provide support and check-in with you.
During the intake appointment, your intake counselor will offer you in advance the option of scheduling a check-in meeting with one of the Student Counseling & Psychological Services Counselor and Support Services Coordinators when you are placed on the waitlist.
During the check-in meetings, your SCPS Counselor and Support Services Coordinators will assess and ask whether your presenting issues have changed or worsened. If this is the case, then you may be assigned to an individual counselor more quickly.
If you have not been assigned an individual counselor within 30 days of your intake appointment or had a check-in meeting, one of the SCPS Counselor and Support Services Coordinators will send you another follow-up email or telephone call to offer support and a check-in meeting. You will also be reminded of what other Student Counseling & Psychological Services resources and services are available to you.