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About Counseling Services:

Mission Statement:

Our staff work with Penn State Brandywine students by providing individual counseling, outreach and prevention programming, consultation to the campus community and referral resources for psychiatric services and crisis intervention in collaboration with the Office of Safety and Police.

Counseling is a specific time set aside for you to talk with a counselor about a concern or challenge you are experiencing that is impeding your ability to live a mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy life. It is an opportunity for you to talk about your concerns in a space where you are not judged or seen as the problem, and have access to resources that can help you creatively find solutions.

As specialists in working with undergraduate and graduate students, staff at Counseling Services can help you address your concerns in a caring and supportive environment. We aim to help students resolve personal concerns that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, and satisfaction at Penn State. Counselors respect your privacy and keep whatever you share with them confidential unless there is a concern for your safety or the safety of someone else. If this happens, confidentiality may be broken.

FAQS

Why would I come to counseling?

Counselors work with clients regarding a variety of issues, including but not limited to: 

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • General Support & Guidance
  • Life Transitions (i.e. adjusting to college, preparing to transfer to a different campus, graduating, becoming a parent, receiving a medical diagnosis, etc.)
  • Relationships
  • Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma Recovery

What would I do in counseling?

Counselors incorporate a variety of evidence-based therapies, selecting those which best fit the client they are meeting with. Some of the models used in counseling may include cognitive behavioral therapy, systems theory, gestalt therapy, humanistic therapy, and trauma focused therapy. In addition to dialog, counselors may incorporate the use of art, film, books, games, breathing, and other relaxation or grounding techniques in counseling.

Where are counseling services located and when can I come to counseling at Penn State Brandywine?

Our free counseling services are available for students Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To schedule an individual counseling appointment, or learn about groups or walk-in hours, please call 610-892-1270, or email bw-StuAffairs@psu.edu or stop by. The counseling team can be found on the second floor of the Commons Building on campus.

Crisis Intervention

In our continued efforts to support students, Penn State Brandywine  is committed to establishing venues for identifying and aiding students in distress.

If identified early on and provided with appropriate support, students are equipped with the skill sets necessary to succeed in college. This online referral system is designed to identify students who are at risk in different ways, including:

  • Personal health or wellness (i.e. students who continue to exhibit symptoms of impaired health, even after appropriate referral to a health provider);
  • Students exhibiting behaviors or expressing comments which have the potential to impact the safety of themselves or others;
  • Students exhibiting strange or bizarre behavioral patterns that have the potential for impaired performance and/or disruption to others; and/or
  • Extreme changes in behavioral patterns (i.e. hyperactivity or very rapid speech, depressed or lethargic mood, deterioration in hygiene, etc.)

**Note: For mental health emergencies related to imminent danger to self or others, please call 911 immediately.

In our continued efforts to support students, Penn State Brandywine  is committed to establishing venues for identifying and aiding students in distress.

If identified early on and provided with appropriate support, students are equipped with the skill sets necessary to succeed in college. This online referral system is designed to identify students who are at risk in different ways, including:

  • Personal health or wellness (i.e. students who continue to exhibit symptoms of impaired health, even after appropriate referral to a health provider);
  • Students exhibiting behaviors or expressing comments which have the potential to impact the safety of themselves or others;
  • Students exhibiting strange or bizarre behavioral patterns that have the potential for impaired performance and/or disruption to others; and/or
  • Extreme changes in behavioral patterns (i.e. hyperactivity or very rapid speech, depressed or lethargic mood, deterioration in hygiene, etc.)

**Note: For mental health emergencies related to imminent danger to self or others, please call 911 immediately.

How will this work?

Complete a Counseling Referral Form.

Penn State Brandywine employees will have the opportunity to identify and confidentially report concerns related to student behavior as it relates to wellness and safety.  Depending on the nature of the concern, the Office of Student Affairs and Counseling Services staff will receive the submissions and screen them for priority standing. Typically, individuals from these offices will reach out to the employee to gather any additional information and discuss potential resolutions. While it is common for the employee to often intervene as a first response, Counseling Services is also happy to reach out to the student and offer a variety of health and wellness services.

The Office of Student Affairs, in conjunction with Counseling Services,  will provide liaison and follow-up as required, and will maintain documentation of form submissions, outreach and referral. This system is not meant to replace individual interventions by faculty and staff and should only be used if other direct methods have been tried and failed! This system is also not meant to replace BW-Alert, which is used when students are missing in action (MIA).

What other resources are available?
Faculty and staff may find the following additional resources helpful when responding to student behaviors that are of concern:

Students in Distress on-line workshop for faculty and staff

Worrisome Student Behaviors - video scenarios and resources

Academic Integrity Issues

Managing Classroom Disruptions

Mental Health Concerns – Protocol for Managing Serious Emotional or Psychological Situations: