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Scope of Practice

The role of WSC Counseling is to provide brief mental health counseling and related services to help WSC students identify barriers, improve coping, and achieve personal goals. WSC Counseling services are available to enrolled students whose concerns fall within our scope of practice. Those whose needs cannot be accommodated within WSC Counseling's treatment scope will be referred to community/regional resources for care. Such referrals can occur immediately following intake or following some treatment and a further assessment of need has taken place.

WSC Counseling's individual services are based on a brief intervention model and are designed to help students manage immediate problems and provide short-term therapy. In short-term counseling, issues are addressed over a few sessions in a solution-focused manner. The goal is to facilitate adjustment to college, reduce emotional distress, and foster resilience to help students continue attending college and pursue their academic, career, or personal goals.

WSC Counseling works to facilitate adjustment, healthy functioning, problem resolution, or symptom relief as quickly as possible. Clients who present with persistent and chronic psychological concerns and/or require continuous long-term treatment are best served by community providers who can offer long-term treatment of care. Access to WSC Counseling for an emergency meeting and assistance with navigating on or off-campus resources remains available to all students throughout their college career, regardless of whether they have been referred to an off-campus provider for on-going treatment.

Common Concerns that may be Addressed in Short-Term Intervention

  • Mild to moderate anxiety and depression.
  • Adjustment and development concerns.
  • Interpersonal concerns (friends, family, roommates, romantic partnerships).
  • Self-esteem concerns.
  • Concerns related to the transition to college
  • Identity development related to various dimensions of identity (sexual, racial/ethnic, religious, gender, etc.)
  • Academic performance and motivation.

Common Concerns that may be Addressed via Referral to Off-Campus Provider

  • Students whose needs warrant treatment over multiple semesters.
  • Students needing more than once a week intervention on an ongoing basis.
  • Long-standing and/or significant depression, mood disorders, or anxiety concerns.
  • Active, significant eating disorders.
  • Students with alcohol or drug problems as their primary issue.
  • Forensic evaluations.
  • Medication evaluations and/or management for students who are not being seen for short-term counseling.
  • Active symptoms of psychosis at risk for progressive deterioration.
  • History of inpatient treatment for mental health purposes.
  • Mandated mental health evaluation or counseling.
  • Court appearance/testimony/evaluations or court-ordered assessment and treatment.
  • Students whose needs are determined to be beyond the scope of WSC Counseling through assessment with a counselor and for whom short-term counseling would not be an effective treatment.
  • Learning disability assessment: WSC Counseling does not conduct psychological evaluations for the purpose of determining a disability status and also does not make accommodation recommendations for persons who have been diagnosed with a disability. For this reason, WSC Counseling cannot provide documentation for students seeking authorization for an emotional support animal, even if the student is a current or former WSC Counseling client.
  • Students requiring specialized or more intensive treatment
The first step to determining if individual counseling could be helpful is to schedule an intake appointment by calling WSC Counseling.


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