What We Offer
Students can meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss their concerns and ways to cope. If a student’s needs would be best met by an off-campus service, referrals will be provided.
Interpersonal Process Group Counseling
Interpersonal process groups are powerful tools for growth and change. In process groups, 5-10 individuals meet face to face to share their struggles and concerns with the facilitation of a trained therapist. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others. Once these groups have formed, they meet confidentially throughout the semester to learn about relationships, self-awareness, identifying emotions, and trust.
Expressive Arts Therapy Group Counseling
Expressive Arts Therapy Groups are closed groups of 5-6 members that meet confidentially for 8 sessions during the length of one semester. These groups are ideal for clients who are open to explore the self by engaging in the process of creativity in a therapeutic setting. This group provides clients the freedom to experiment with a number of art modalities and has been shown to help individuals find their voice and express the self in playful and powerful ways! Clients may only enter these groups at the beginning of the semester and must have an initial screening with the group leader before they can be a member.
Counseling Services offers various workshops for students where they can learn about health and wellness. These workshops are didactic and experiential in nature, and any SU student can attend.
- Spring 2014 Workshops:
- Mindfulness - In this 4-week workshop students learn how to center themselves in the present moment in order to better move forward toward the life they want and envision. The first running of this group will be held on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm, beginning February 11th.
- Guided Meditation - This is a once weekly open group, which means there is no signing up, just show up, that focuses on relaxation through guided meditation and guided imagery. This group will be held every Wednesday from 12:20 pm to 1 pm.
Improved relationships are the goal when romantic partners join students in counseling.
QPR is a 1 to 2 hour training for anyone interested in learning to help prevent suicide. The training is focused on recognizing the warning signs of people contemplating suicide, learning how to develop an intervention strategy, and how and where to refer a person in need.
Students who are concerned about another student can talk with a counselor about how to help that person. Parents who are concerned about their student may consult with Counseling Services about how to best help their student.
Students concerned about their alcohol and/or drug use are welcome to come in. Students placed on judicial probation for campus policy violations can fulfill their education requirements as well.
In compliance with the United States Department of Education, here are links to two specific sections of Southwestern’s current Student Handbook. The first excerpt from the Student Handbook addresses standards of conduct regarding drug and alcohol possession and use by students. The second excerpt from the Student Handbook addresses applicable legal sanctions under state laws for unlawful possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol, as well as a description of the health risks associated with the use of these substances.
Self-help resources are available to students in the form of brochures, books, and videos. Assistance with outside referral resources are also provided.