Intake or Initial Request for Service
Services are available Monday - Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 and at other times as needed. Services will be limited to short-term personal counseling (a maximum of 6 sessions per semester).There is no charge to students for counseling sessions. All services will remain confidential.
Initial intake sessions will generally last one hour. Clients complete paperwork prior to the start of the intake session. This paperwork will help the counselor make a determination of which counselor or service offered is most likely to help you.
Since the counselor is limited to seeing students and employees for short-term counseling, this may not be the most appropriate service for your problem or concern. If during the intake you counselor feels that this is the case, they will discuss with you options to provide you with the most appropriate service. This may require referral to other agencies or individuals, or negotiating a goal which can more likely be reached in a reasonable number of sessions.
Referral Guidelines for Faculty and Staff
Mental health is clearly linked to retention and academic performance (Backels & Wheeler, 2001). Currently, professors and academic advisors are finding that mental health issues are interfering with student academic success more than ever and students with depression are twice as likely to drop out of college. A national trend shows that there is a rise in mental health issues; college students are exhibiting more severe mental health issues than in past years.
The purpose of this information is to address what appears to be a misunderstanding of the procedures for referring students to counseling. Recently students have reported to our offices claiming that they have felt coerced or punished by being sent to the counseling clinic. OCU University Counseling Center does not accept referrals for counseling that are mandated or required by faculty or staff as a requirement or condition (e.g. for academic progress or performance, internship or field experience placement, continued enrollment or employment, campus discipline, etc.). Personal counseling in which the student is coerced to participate is rarely productive or beneficial. Students who exhibit behavioral problems in the classroom, or other academic or university related situations should be encouraged by faculty and staff to voluntarily seek counseling at the University Counseling office or be referred to the Dean of Students if the presenting behavior is disruptive or violates the OCU Student Code of Conduct.
Professors and staff play a very important role in the lives of our students here at OCU. Often times a student just needs someone to listen to them and provide them emotional support. However, when a student expresses distress, it is more appropriate to encourage them to seek out counseling for mental health issues. If you are unsure how to respond to a student, please feel free to contact University Counseling for assistance.
In general it is always a good idea to refer a student to counseling when:
Signs of Emotional Distress:
How to approach a student in distress:
How to refer a student to counseling: