The mission of the Indiana State University Student Counseling Center is to provide ISU students with timely and effective mental health services that allow them to improve and maintain their mental well-being and therefore to meet their educational, personal, emotional, and psychological goals. We also provide outreach and consultation services that help create supportive learning and living environments, while at the same time addressing students' developmental needs to help them become effective and productive citizens.
The Student Counseling Center (SCC) is considered a “health service provider” by the State of Indiana. As such, all services are confidential, including the identities, information about, and all records kept on student clients/patients. Our staff cannot reveal nor confirm the identity of students seeking SCC services, their participation in those services, nor the content of communications with those students to those outside the SCC staff without the student’s knowledge and written consent. Information about a student’s use of counseling services is kept separately from their academic record.
Students may sign a written release granting their counselor, or a representative of the SCC, permission to share confidential counseling information with specific other persons such as parents, an RA, faculty member, or another health service provider.
Provide direct professional mental health services to ISU students, including individual and group counseling, crisis response, consultation, brief assessment, and referral, that are accessible to and provide for the general well-being of all ISU students.
Provide appropriate referral for students who may have concerns that are not within our scope of proficiency; or problems that may be chronic or severe in nature and may require more services than the SCC is capable of offering.
Counselors will seek to encourage self awareness, personal responsibility and healthy interpersonal relationships within a diverse environment.
Maintain open communication between providers, staff, and clients, while at the same time ensuring confidentiality and privacy as mandated by state and federal laws.
Treatment of all individuals with whom we come in contact with respect regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or class.
Provide prevention programming and consultation to students, faculty, and staff with the purpose of facilitating healthy development, wellness, and psychological functioning.
Facilitate education and training of students and staff on topics that are germane to the healthy functioning and well-being of ISU students.
Ensure that all services provided are vital, current, and ethical.
Maintain positive and ongoing relationships with the campus and surrounding community, with an emphasis in establishing and sustaining liaisons with those groups who have regular contact with ISU students.
Provide continued professional and personal development opportunities to our staff, with the express purpose of reducing burnout and allowing counselors to find a sense of balance; which will in turn allow them to maintain a high level of work with clients.
Counselors will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the ethical guidelines set forth by the APA.
To provide students with the necessary life skills to mature and attain their highest performance, while achieving optimum happiness during their attendance at ISU.
Our mission and primary goal are achieved through the use of a combined clinical and developmental approach to short- and long-term individual and group counseling. This approach provides consultation, psychological assessment, and proactive outreach education in developing healthy lifestyles for the university student during their stay at Indiana State University.
The SCC does not offer treatment for all emotional or psychological disorders, particularly those disorders that are chronic, severe, or involving the high risk of harm to self or others, including severe personality or psychotic disorders, and severe substance abuse or recovery. Clients needing extended treatment or special services beyond those offered at the SCC will be referred to competent resources in the Terre Haute community.