Counseling Services Available
The Counseling Center is designed to help students with problems, both academic and personal, that might interfere with their educational pursuits.
These include, but are not limited to:
- improving motivation to study
- managing time better
- adjusting to life in the U.S.
- managing everyday stress
- improving concentration
- increasing self-confidence
- overcoming homesickness
- developing a mature sexuality
- overcoming anxiety about test taking or public performing
- improving relationships with family and friends
- developing independence and decision-making ability
- overcoming feelings of apathy and mild depression
- finding help for alcohol/drug abuse, eating disorders, or other problems
Counselors use a variety of techniques to help students work through personal problems. This often involves helping a client perceive situations in more constructive ways. It then enables clients to set goals and take the actions that will obtain the desired goals. The counselors can also help individuals gain greater awareness through self monitoring and evaluation to the point where they are able to use techniques learned in counseling on their own.
Biofeedback and Stress Management
Many students are finding the biofeedback-stress management program of the Counseling Center helpful in easing the pressures of college life. Counselors use electronic instrumentation to monitor the body’s reaction to stress. Through feedback of this information, students are taught how to voluntarily control their breathing, blood flow, muscle tension, brain waves and heart rate. Students find learning to relax this way helpful in overcoming anxiety about test-taking, public speaking, musical or athletic performing, job interviewing, and social relating. An eight-week program, consisting of one hourly session each week, is recommended for learning this skill.
Choosing a major usually involves setting some long-term career goals. Counselors can help students assess their personality, interests, abilities and career requirements in order to help them chose a vocational direction that will be truly satisfying. Counselors can also help students learn about the realities of the job markets. This is helpful because early planning can provide a student with a competitive edge at graduation. To learn more about career services, please visit their website: Career Development.
Counselors at Missouri Western do a great deal of counseling. They assist students with any personal problem which may be interfering with their academic pursuits.
Counselors do not share information about students with anyone except other counseling staff. For example, if the faculty member or coach refers a student, information will not be shared with the referring party without the consent of the student. An exception to this policy occurs if the student is deemed a danger to themselves or someone else. At this point, a counselor has the duty to warn and this will usually involve sharing confidential information. Counseling records may also be subpoenaed.
Counselors at Missouri Western do not provide long-term therapy. Typically, the counseling sessions run from 5 to 8 weeks. Counselors will assist students with needs for longer-term therapy to find a suitable treatment program in the community.
Counselors avoid accepting a client that is seeing another counselor without the permission of the initial counselor. Students who wish to see a different counselor need to secure permission from their present counselor.
Missouri Western counselors do not see spouses or other family members that do not attend Missouri Western.
Counselors do not usually help students plan schedules. Incoming students may want to talk with a peer counselor about programs and classes. Enrolled students should see their advisor for this type of help.