Counseling Services starts with a 15-20 minute in-person triage screening appointment with the Clinical Counselor or a clinical trainee/intern to assess the nature and urgency of the students' concern so that we can arrange the most appropriate next step to help.
When you contact our department, you will be scheduled for this 15 minute triage screening appointment. You will be asked a variety of questions and have the opportunity to discuss your personal situation and ask questions. Please call Counseling Services at 610-892-1270 to set up a screening appointment.
At the end of this meeting, appropriate options will be reviewed with you. These could include an appointment for an initial meeting to pursue counseling at Counseling Services (BCS) and/or referral to other resources on campus or in the community. Crisis and urgent situations are addressed as needed and may involve collaboration with the Office of Safety and Police if emergencies emerge.
Counseling Services offers short-term counseling. If a student is interested in a longer term therapy relationship, we can help to offer referrals and advise on arranging services in the community.
During this private consultation, the student has the opportunity to discuss his or her concerns. If further services are indicated, the counselor may recommend individual counseling, suggest further evaluation, or refer the student to other services on or off campus. Sometimes, students find that this initial consultation meets their needs and requires no further services.
NOTE: Students should not pursue services at BCS for the sole purpose of obtaining a letter of support.BCS does not provide letters at the time of an initial consultation and cannot provide documentation regarding a student's mental health without a history of services at BCS during the specified time period. If necessary, students are encouraged to seek letters of support from individuals directly involved in their care such as past or present psychological/psychiatric providers, medical doctors, or family members.
Short-term individual counseling may be offered to help students navigate life stressors and to gain a deeper awareness about the basis of their concerns and the need for problem-solving skills. For issues that would be better resolved through longer-term individual counseling, an referral to a community provider may be recommended.