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About Counseling Services


Counseling Services at Owens State Community College assists students in resolving personal difficulties and in acquiring those skills, attitudes, and resources necessary to both succeed in the college environment and pursue productive and satisfying lives. Counseling Services strives to contribute to the overall educational mission of the college by facilitating the academic, emotional, and social development of students and by serving as mental health consultant to the campus community. Principles that guide the work of Counseling Services include respect for diversity, purposeful and holistic student development, and ethical and legal responsibility.

Counseling Services is a part of Owens Community College's Behavioral Consultation Team and is housed within the Division of Student Affairs.

Mission

The mission of Counseling Services is guided by the mission of Owens Community College: "We believe in serving our students and our communities. Your success is our mission." It is the mission of Counseling Services to foster personal and academic success through offering individualized and comprehensive support for the personal growth and wellness of students.

Vision

Counseling Services at Owens Community College aspires to offer exceptional and comprehensive Counseling Services consisting of mental health assessment, counseling, crisis support, linkage to community services, coordination of care, prevention, and education. Through providing services to students, Counseling Services will support the mission of Owens Community College and actively promote a learning environment that supports personal and academic success.

Philosophy

Owens Community College recognizes that the academic journey is stressful in itself and that additional external factors may detract from the academic experience. Counseling Services acknowledges the role of positive mental health in academic success and is focused on assisting students in overcoming challenges and increasing opportunities. Through working with students and the college community, Counseling Services strives to create an environment that empowers students to positively respond to challenges and opportunities which will lead to both personal and academic development.

Goals

The four primary goals of Counseling Services are to:

  1. Provide individual mental health assessment, including crisis intervention, services (as appropriate and based upon capacity), and referral to address the personal, career, and social concerns of a diverse student population and, as a result, assist students in overcoming obstacles to their educational success.
  2. Provide outreach programming that enhances the well-being of the campus community.
  3. Provide consultation services that enhance the well-being of the campus community.
  4. Provide training experiences for master's level graduate students so they can become effective providers of mental health services.

Equal Opportunity

Counseling Services will provide services on a fair, equitable, and non-discriminatory basis in accordance with institutional policies and with all applicable state/provincial and federal statutes and regulations. Counseling Services will maintain an educational and work environment free from discrimination in accordance with the law and institutional policy.