Counseling Services offers a wide variety of services to Michigan Tech students, aiming to provide the most effective care to students. Our diverse staff includes licensed mental health clinicians, a nurse practitioner, a case manager, and support staff. All currently enrolled, degree-seeking, Michigan Tech students are eligible to seek services through our office.
Counseling Services utilizes a stepped-care approach. This means students are provided with the most effective, least-intensive type of treatment needed to address the concerns they are experiencing. At an initial screening appointment, students and their assigned clinician will determine the most appropriate course of action depending on the presenting problem. Students will step up to or step down from services as is clinically indicated, see visual reference below. Counseling Services focuses on providing short-term, solution-focused mental health treatment. Combined with additional supports, such as workshops and group therapy, our services allow students to fully engage academically and socially during their time at Michigan Tech.
Our approach to services traditionally meet the needs of our students; however, there are instances in which a student's needs may lay outside the scope of care provided by our staff, at which point the student may be referred to services outside of our office. Outlined below you will find reasons why a student may be referred to a community provider, which is discussed with the student during the initial screening or as the clinician sees fit at a later point.
- Individual Counseling
- Couples Counseling (provided on a case-by-case basis only determined by a clinician to be appropriate)
- Support Groups (peer/therapist-led)
- Therapeutic Groups (therapist-led)
- Crisis Appointments
- Case Management (including assistance with referrals to an outside provider)
- Medication Management
- Self-Help Resources
Guidelines for Therapy
Since Counseling Services utilizes brief, solution-focused therapy, our clinicians work together with each student to assist them in creating a treatment plan to better meet their needs. This will be completed during the first appointment and then reviewed and revised, as needed, to ensure that each student's needs are being met appropriately on an ongoing basis. Once a student is able to resolve the goals set in the treatment plan, next steps for treatment are discussed, whether that be moving to end therapy or transitioning to a group or other service. All information regarding options for treatment and treatment planning will be discussed in greater detail during the initial appointment.
Counseling Services offers a wide-variety of groups each year, which can vary depending on the needs of students, to better meet the needs of the student population. Group therapy can be an effective form of treatment for many for various reasons, including, receiving support from others with a similar concern, learning more about the topic of the group through education, helping to feel not alone, and providing support to others in the group. During the first group, the group members and the facilitator work together to establish group rules to ensure safety and privacy of the group. We strongly encourage those who participate in group to be respectful and maintain the confidentiality of the group to strengthen the trust among group members, which ultimately strengths the trust and participation in group therapy. To maximize your benefit from group, we encourage all group participants to actively participate during group therapy sessions.
When might a student be referred to a community provider?
Counseling Services is not always able to effectively address some students’ presenting needs. Some of the concerns that are commonly addressed through referral to services outside of our office include, but are not limited to:
- A student’s desire for long-term, weekly individual appointments.
- A clinician’s determination that a student is in need of more comprehensive, intense
services that are beyond those that can be safely provided by the university’s providers.
Typically these include one of the following:
- History of multiple mental-health hospitalizations.
- Chronic thoughts of suicide, frequent self-injurious behaviors, or history of repeated suicide attempts that are not alleviated by the services provided by the university.
- Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in mental or emotional functioning that requires intensive intervention.
- Exhibiting psychotic symptoms without a willingness to follow treatment recommendations.
- Inability or unwillingness to provide the necessary information to thoroughly assess symptoms.
- A need for drug testing or court-ordered treatment that cannot adequately be provided by Michigan Tech Counseling Services.
- Presence of significant or long-standing eating disorder symptoms with no period of remission or that may pose a medical danger.
- Request for a full psychological assessment (e.g., ADHD or psychoeducational evaluations).