PTC’s Health & Wellness Center
Health Services Provided to Students
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PTC Student Health Center provides care and treatment for injuries and short term illness. Illnesses common to college students include colds, sinus infections, stomach viruses, urinary tract infections, pink eye, rashes, and sprains. Students may be referred back to their primary care doctor or to a specialist as needed.
PTC Student Health Center can:
- Address minor health issues and injuries when they arise.
- Provide quick relief from common illnesses such as a sinus infection or a sore throat.
- Coordinate care with your primary care provider, as needed.
- Provide referrals to community resources.
- Access wellness services to help you stay healthy.
Counseling Services Provided to Students
The Counseling & Student Development Center invites students seeking counseling or other support to make an initial consultation appointment to discuss their concerns. This conversation between the counselor and the student generally involves a discussion of the student’s current difficulties, a review of supportive options, and recommendations to assist the student in obtaining the appropriate services. Recommendations may include receiving services at the Counseling Center (in person or virtual), connection to other campus resources, or a referral to community resources when appropriate.Book a Session with Dr. Svilar
Services within the Counseling Center
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In order to meet student demand and use its resources most effectively, the Counseling Center utilizes a short-term individual therapy model. Working together, the counselor and student determine the number and type of sessions that are needed for the student based on the nature of the student’s concerns and available resources. Individual counseling is a process through which students work one-on-one with a counselor—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenges, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Some of the concerns that are commonly addressed in short-term counseling at the Counseling Center are:
- Personal Concerns: Stress, anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, grief
- Relationship Concerns: Romantic relationship, roommate problems, family problems, social life
- Developmental Concerns: Adjustment to college, healthy lifestyle choices, decisions, life transitions
- Substance Use: Concerns related to alcohol or other drug use/abuse
- Academic Concerns: Performance anxiety, perfectionism, academic difficulties
Referral to Community Resources
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Students whose needs require long-term support will generally be referred to community resources for ongoing treatment. Similarly, students whose needs require a particular type of expertise that is not available in the Center are also referred to community resources. Even in cases where a student’s ongoing needs necessitate a referral to community resources, the Counseling Center can often assist the student in managing the presenting concerns and provide support until the student is able to connect to the appropriate community resources. Some of the concerns that are commonly addressed through referral to services outside of the Counseling Center
- Student’s preference or external provider’s recommendations
- History of multiple hospitalizations
- Chronic thoughts of suicide, frequent self-injurious behaviors, or history of repeated suicide attempts
- Clear indications of a need for more intensive services
- Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in mental or emotional functioning that requires intensive intervention
- Inability or unwillingness to provide the necessary information to thoroughly assess symptoms
- A need for specialized services not available through the Counseling Center, as indicated by:
- Presence of significant drug or alcohol problems such as substance dependence and/or past failed treatments; a need for drug testing
- Presence of significant or long-standing eating disorder symptoms with no period of remission or that may pose a medical danger
- Request for formal psychological assessment (e.g., ADHD or psychoeducational evaluations)
- Request for medications
The general guidelines listed above are only intended to serve as a guide to assist treatment decisions. The nature and complexity of presenting concerns and the broader context are considered in making the appropriate treatment recommendation(s). Cases are evaluated individually and the professional judgment of the mental health provider(s) will determine the treatment decision in a particular situation.
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