Individual counseling is provided in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. Sessions typically last for 50 minutes. During this time you will meet privately with a counselor to talk about your concerns and will work collaboratively with them to set goals that will address your needs.
Group counseling usually involves 4-10 clients and one or two counselors. Most therapy groups meet every week at the same time for 90 minutes. Groups typically run on a trimester schedule and topics vary according to need. In order to be referred to a group student’s first need to meet with a counselor for an individual session to determine if group is an appropriate resource.
Counseling Services provides urgent coverage during business hours, so that students in crisis may be assisted immediately. After business hours, crisis services are accessed by calling Campus Safety & Security. Depending on the nature of the crisis, they in turn may page the on-call counselor or other emergency services.
Clinical Counselors are available to consult with students, faculty and staff, as well as parents and families who are concerned about the emotional well-being of a student. To request consultation please contact the office.
Counseling Services engages in various outreach educational programs throughout the year. Our primary program is a suicide prevention program called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). This training is available for students, faculty, and staff. For more information or to request training please contact our office.
Mental Health Screenings
Mental Health is a key part of your overall health. We offer online screenings to help you determine if you or someone you care about could benefit from connecting with a mental health professional. To take an online screening please click on the link provided.
The following self-help resources are not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation with a trained, licensed professional, but they can serve as a useful starting point to obtain information or help. Links to external websites are provided solely for the convenience of users. These sites are not managed by JWU Counseling Services and we assume no responsibility for their content.
General Mental Health
- American Psychological Association Help Center
- Online Mental Health Screenings Free and confidential self-assessment.
- Revolution Online College Mental Health Fair and College Relationship Guide
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Specific Mental Health Concerns
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America Information about OCD, panic, phobias, PTSD and social anxiety disorders.
- Asperger Syndrome Information and Support
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- The Body Image Program at Rhode Island Hospital
- Depression Central
Alcohol and Addiction
- Alcoholics Anonymous RI
- Gamblers Anonymous RI Meetings
- Internet Addiction
- Narcotics Anonymous RI
- Stop Smoking
RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ)
- Campus Pride A national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights.
- BiNet USA
- Bisexual Resource Center
- Lifelines Rhode Island
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Susan’s Place: Transgender Resources
- Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
- Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Meditation and Relaxation
- Learning Meditation
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges Relaxation Techniques
- Mindfulness Solution Downloads from Dr. Ronald Siegel
- Day One is a local agency providing services for sexual assault victims.
- RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
- Fenway Health offers sexual assault services to the LGBT community.
Stress Management and Reduction
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline
- The JED Foundation
- The Samaritans of Rhode Island
- RI Department of Public Health: Suicide Prevention
- The Trevor Helpline focuses on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth.
Confidentiality & Important Information
Counseling Services observes a policy of confidentiality that conforms to federal and state law.
Counseling Services does not provide long term care, court ordered treatment, or counseling that is involved in litigation. Counseling cannot be mandated or required for students, however in life-threatening situations; authorities at JWU may require a safety assessment for a student.