Wilson College Counseling Center Treatment Guidelines
The mission of Wilson College’s Counseling Center is to provide the best service possible to as many students as possible, adhering to all ethical codes of conduct as delineated by the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.
In order to provide this level of service, it is sometimes necessary for us to make referrals to community counseling agencies so that:
1. A student’s therapeutic needs are served in a timely and ethical way, and
2. The counseling center staff remains available and accessible to as many students as possible.
Throughout meeting with a student, the counselor will continually assess student progress to determine whether he or she would be best served by Wilson’s staff or by a therapist within the community. If the counselor determines that the student would benefit most from an outside provider, he or she would work with the student to identify a therapist and ease the transition of records to the provider, if necessary.
Students most appropriately served by Wilson’s Counseling Center typically:
- Seek assistance for situational or developmental problems
- Identify specific difficulties and goals and possess motivation for change
- Express a desire for symptomatic relief
- Do not have a prior treatment history that is severe
- Exhibit signs of growing coping ability and demonstrate the capacity for self-responsibility.
A student who may be best served by an outside agency:
- Is likely to require emergency or crisis intervention or extensive case management and/or need 24-hour coverage
- May have been hospitalized for psychiatric reasons in the last three months or is likely to require hospitalization during therapy
- Has chronic and/or present self-destructive behaviors that are potentially life-threatening, including intensive alcohol or other drug habits
- May require more than 1 session per week or would not tolerate extended breaks from therapy (e.g. semester or summer break)
- Engages frequently in behaviors that are disruptive to the Wilson College community, potentially jeopardizing the strength of an on-campus therapeutic alliance
- Is unable to meet the demands of active participation in therapy
- Requires expertise/resources that are unavailable within the Wilson College Counseling Services staff
The decision to refer a client to off-campus resources will always be made in collaboration with the Director of Counseling Services so that the final decision is made in the best interest of the client. Questions regarding this process should be directed to Cindy Shoemaker, Director of Counseling, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 717 264 4141, ext. 3235.