Students interested in counseling services first meet with a counselor for an individualized assessment. During these assessments, counselors ask students questions about their reasons for seeking assistance, their history, and their goals for treatment. Counselors then discuss the options for treatment with students and a plan is formed. Treatment options may include individual or group counseling at the Wellness Center, referrals to other campus resources, or referrals to providers in the community if the kind of services needed by the student are not offered on campus.
The Wellness Center offers short-term individual psychotherapy to Dickinson students. Students often seek assistance for a variety of concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, disordered eating, adjustment to college, and sexual assault. The frequency of sessions and length of treatment varies for each student, but is closely tied to the goals for treatment. Most students receiving individual counseling are seen every other week; however, arrangements to be seen more or less frequently can sometimes be made.
The Wellness Center offers a variety of group counseling options. These include wellness workshops, support groups, structured treatment groups, and process-oriented treatment groups. Current offerings are listed below. Students interested in these or other groups can contact the Wellness Center (CAPS@dickinson.edu or 717-245-1663).
Free Your Mind Now:
Mindfulness is a forward-thinking approach to stress management and the treatment of depression and anxiety. Over the course of an 8-week structured program, group members will learn awareness exercises and cognitive interventions designed to help them deal with depression and anxiety and increase their feeling of control and direction in their daily lives. This group will be led by Dr. Dixie Turner on Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. beginning on 9/22/12 at the Wellness Center. A second session will begin on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. beginning on 9/27/12. A brief interview is required to provide initial information about the group and answer any questions participants may have. Students interested in this mindfulness group should call the Wellness Center, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, at 717-245-1663 to schedule an appointment.
Interpersonal Process Group:
This co-ed group provides students with a safe environment where they can increase their self-awareness regarding how they relate to others. The focus of the group is on examining how group members interact with each other in the room. All members are encouraged to share their personal reactions that come up in group and provide honest, respectful feedback to one another. Members are asked to make a commitment to attend all weekly group meetings and notify us ahead of time if you cannot attend that week. The group will have between 5 and 10 members, and members will be informed once we have a starting date. This group will be led by Drs. Don Domenici and Christine Samuelsen.
Queer and Questioning Support Group:
Do any of these thoughts seem familiar? I’m out at school but I don’t know how to tell my family. I think I might be gay (or bi or trans, etc.) but I’m not sure. I want to come out but I’m scared. My religion/culture conflicts with my sexuality. I’m nervous about graduating and being gay in the “world.” I have a crush on someone but he/she doesn’t know I’m gay. I don’t feel comfortable in other Queer groups on campus. If so, join Queer and Questioning, a small group run by an LGBTQ identified psychologist, Dr. Aryela Levy. This group is open to queer and questioning students in ANY phase of their queer or questioning identity. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Wellness Center, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, at 717-245-1663 by September 21 with your available times so we can find a day and time that works best. This group will begin in October.
Conversations About Gender:
A joint offering from the Wellness Center, the Women’s Center, and LGBTQ Services, this is a semi-structured, co-ed, drop-in discussion group. The purpose of this group is to facilitate dialogue about challenges, expectations, and messages regarding gender roles that men and women face. In addition, this group is about increasing self-awareness, challenging stereotypes, and sharing different perspectives regarding gender-related issues. All are welcome to share their experiences and ideas in a context of respectful dialogue. This group is co-facilitated by Dr. Don Domenici (Wellness Center), Melissa Garcia (Women's Center), and Brian Patchcoski (LGBTQ Services). The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:30 p.m. beginning September 12 in Althouse 08.