Counseling Services offers a variety of mental health services to enrolled SCSU students.
Counseling Services adheres to all professional ethical standards, as well as all appropriate state and federal laws. Once a student has engaged in treatment, Counseling Services is not permitted to disclose any information, including the fact that they have attended counseling, without their informed consent. Records at Counseling Services are kept fully confidential and are not part of a student’s academic or medical record. The primary exception to this rule is if the student is in significant danger of causing harm to themselves or others. Additionally, there are special considerations for students who are 17 years of age or younger.
Scope of Practice
All enrolled SCSU students are eligible to receive a free and confidential initial consultation to clarify their treatment goals and develop a plan to address their specific needs. At times, a student's requests or treatment needs extend beyond that which can be reasonably offered at Counseling Services. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Students who appear to need long-term treatment beyond the scope of our services
- Students who need services other than what is offered at the Counseling Services
- Students who need services beyond the clinical expertise of Counseling Services staff
- Students who are unable to adhere to treatment recommendations
- Students who require mandated treatment
- Students who are already receiving ongoing therapy with another mental health provider
In such instances, Counseling Services staff will assist students in identifying referrals to off-campus providers or programs that can better provide these services.
SCSU Counseling Services promotes individualized, comprehensive treatment of ADHD. Psycho-social treatment to improve coping, stress management, and organizational skills is an important part of ADHD treatment that can provide long-term benefits for those with ADHD and also can help to address symptoms that may not respond to medication treatment alone. For this reason, recommended treatment on campus may include non-stimulant medication, individual therapy, ADHD coaching, or a combination of these modalities.
If stimulant therapy is part of the treatment plan, students have access to Thriving Campus, a referral database, or the student can call their insurance carrier to find local providers who can provide stimulant treatments.
Formal neuropsychological ADHD Assessment is outside of the Counseling Services scope of practice. If treatment at Counseling Services is established, your counselor will work with you to determine an individualized treatment plan, including referrals, for treatment and assessment off-campus. SCSU does not provide refills for stimulant medications prescribed by an off-campus provider.