The Campus Counseling Center is yet another embodiment of the Motto of FCCU “By Love Serve One Another” in the context of student affairs. CCC is committed to serving the FCCU community with love and also manifesting the core values of FCCU on daily basis. Out of the seven core values the ones that CCC strongly adhere to at all times and situations are “Service’, ‘Community’ and ‘Respect’ for the ‘Dignity’ of each human being”. We serve the FCCU community with love and respect regardless of the ethnic or cultural background, color, appearance, gender, nationality, ability or disability and religious beliefs. All the counselors and the staff are mindful and committed to the professional standards and ethics of the mental health profession.
The CCC provides the FCCU community brief psychological assessment, short term counseling, crisis intervention services and on going seminars and workshops.
It also provides bibliotherapy to the members of FCCU community. There are some books and articles in CCC’s resource center that are used for this purpose. Moreover, under the banner of outreach program, CCC is geared towards providing services to various departments (both academic and non-academic) on request in the form of seminars and workshops.
The mission of CCC is to help the members of the FCCU community build a trusting therapeutic relationship with the staff and counselor, thus leading to an open and honest sharing of the concern under consideration. CCC aspires to make its services known to the Forman community so that people could make informed decisions about counseling. The mission of CCC is also to serve the members of FCCU community without any prejudice and discrimination. Moreover, helping them to learn and build the necessary skills to deal with the problem leading to an overall well being.
Our Vision is to constantly strive for excellence, so that it is recognized for foreseeing the needs of the students, faculty and staff and making the need based adjustment, providing primary emotional and mental health to the FCCU community. Furthermore, it visualizes in creating a physical and psychological environment so that whoever comes to CCC feels welcomed and safe. It is also establishing an atmosphere that promotes teamwork and continued professional development. Overall, CCC aims to build the environment of Forman that is conducive to psychological and emotional health.
Core Functions of CCC
CCC’s core functions are to build a therapeutic relationship, provide an emotional and physical space for the FCCU community to share openly and honestly without the fear of judgment, assessing and identifying the concern under consideration while developing and executing an individualized counseling plan. The Center also arranges seminars and workshops that assists in the overall well being of the community.
CCC provides brief Psychological Assessment services that allows clients and the counselors to attain a better understanding of their emotional and behavioral concerns. The assessment procedures assist counselors in devising counseling plans that are suited to the unique individual needs of the clients. Moreover, ongoing psychological assessment also helps the counselor and client to determine the progress made during and after the counseling process.
Individual Counseling is offered to members of the FCCU community and is based on one-on-one interaction with a professional in a safe and comfortable environment where confidentiality is ensured; unless it is determined the individual could be a threat to the self or someone or something else. The rationale is to explore and deal with an individual’s immediate maladaptive emotions, behaviors and beliefs that are interfering with his or her daily functioning.
CCC also provides group counseling on various topics like coping with exam, anxiety management, anger management, smoking cessation etc. The purpose of group counseling is to cater to multiple counselees who are faced with similar issues. This form of counseling can help clients gain additional support and better insight about their respective concerns, and make them realize that they are not the only ones suffering from such problems.
CCC also provides help to members of the FCCU community through workshops in which multiple participants get the opportunity to engage in intensive discussion and participate in activities on a variety of issues such as: anger management, time management, procrastination, anxiety management etc.
The CCC conducts seminars on a host of topics that promote mental wellbeing amongst the FCCU Community. Guest speakers from various walks of life are invited to share their experiences and expertise with the student body.
We also remain equipped to provide short-term psychological care aimed at supporting individuals in a crisis situation, in order to restore their functionality and deal with any kind of psychological trauma.
We offer our services to different departments at FCCU by facilitating them with workshops and lectures on various topics such as conflict management, team work, assertiveness training etc. Departments can contact us to arrange training workshops on several topics either for their students or staff members from their respective departments.
The Counseling Center utilizes relevant literature including books, handouts, research articles and various other self-help resources for facilitating the healing process of the counselees. As part of the counseling sessions, counselees are often given reading material that assists with the resolution of their concerns. However, we also facilitate students who for some reason cannot partake in the counseling sessions by providing them self-help literature that can help them deal with their psychological issues.
The Campus Counseling Center provides a number of free online self-help resources. These resources provide basic self-help guidelines for students who are looking for prompt psychological care. These downloadable handouts address a range of emotional health issues faced by students and can also help students accelerate the changes that they are wanting to make, before they get to have a session with the counselors.
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The Campus Counseling Center is a facility that provides help to members of the FCCU to deal with concerns under consideration which they may not want to discuss with family, friends or with teachers. The center provides individual and confidential counseling and may refer students to other professionals if needed. This center does not deal with academic advising but with personal, social and emotional issues that students face in their lives.
When do you need to see a Counselor?
Many of us when in need of help, sort out their problems by talking to friends, family members or instructors. But there are times when this is not enough, and you really need to seek help or maybe feel like talking to someone and want this to be confidential; that is when one should approach a Counselor.
What kind of issues can be helped through counseling?
As mentioned above, personal, emotional and behavioral concerns can be helped through counseling. This may include anxiety, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, family issues, relationship issues, identity issues, peer pressure, adjustment issues, copying with exams, copying with stress, procrastination, anger management, bereavement, smoking cessation, drugs, self-harm, bullying and harassment. This list is not exhaustive. You may seek help for any psychological or behavioural problems. Counselors won’t help you deal with academic issues: academic advising and career counseling.
Who can benefit from this service?
This service is available free of cost for all currently enrolled students, active staff/faculty members and for the residents of FCCU as well.
How can you approach the Counselor?
In order to get scheduled with the counselor, you may
- Approach us in person, by visiting the Campus Counseling Center located on the first floor in Mercy Health Center. You may fill the ‘pre-counseling form’ available at the CCC reception desk. This form enables us to place you with an appropriate counselor as quickly as possible, based on your and the counselor’s availability.
- Approach us over the official email, by downloading the pre-counseling form by clicking here and emailing us the form at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Approach us over the official contact number, by texting, or calling us on 0331-444-1518 so we could schedule you.
Is this confidential?
Yes, whatever is addressed and noted down including what you put in the pre-counseling form is confidential, nothing will be revealed to anyone inside and outside the center. Except in the following circumstances, the Counselor reserves the right to break confidentiality.
- If the Counselor assesses that you might harm yourself.
- If the Counselor assesses that you might harm someone else.
How long does a session last?
Typically, a session lasts for around 45 minutes, but there are times when shorter or longer sessions are arranged depending on the nature of the concern. A course of 12 sessions is offered to members of the Forman community who sign up for counseling. The number of sessions can be increased or decreased depending upon the assessment of the counselors and the need of the counselees.
Does my concern have to be a severe one to see a Counselor?
No, many personal and emotional concerns can be brought up to the counselor. Everyone has the right to make the best out of her/his life. Seeking counseling is about making positive choice to get help that you need. Please don’t wait until a concern turns into a problem. Let’s address it when something is relatively milder, so that it can be handled in a timely manner.
Can I change my Counselor if I want?
The authority to make a referral to another counselor rests solely with the student’s assigned counselor. The referral can be made if at any point in time the counselor assesses that the goal of the counseling process has shifted and has ceased to be therapeutic in nature. If a counselee is hesitant in sharing certain issues and details regarding their concern with a counselor due to gender barriers or otherwise, then a referral can be made. In addition, counselors can also make a referral if they are scheduled to go on a leave of absence and believe that their counselees are still in need of continuing care.
What if I am concerned about someone else?
If you are concerned about a friend, or someone you know, you are welcome to have a single consultation session with the Counselor to discuss your concerns. However, we may not be able to see you immediately, but we will do our best. You may call, text or Whatsapp on 0331-444-1518 or email at email@example.com regarding your concern.
Are there any other ways of approaching the Counselors? Can administrative staff or faculty members also refer students?
Yes. Administrative staff, Instructors or advisors may refer students to the CCC by either personally bringing the student, or through emailing us on the official email.
What if more help is required than the Counseling center can provide?
If it is required, information is provided regarding the services available in the community. Referrals are made by the Counselor to a variety of psychological or psychiatric services in the community. Your Counselor would discuss this with you before making the referral. The CCC would not be responsible for either the assessment procedures or therapeutic interventions (e.g. medication) delivered by such external service providers.
What other services does the CCC provide?
The CCC provides the FCCU brief psychological assessment service, short term individual and group counseling, crisis intervention services, ongoing workshops and seminars on a variety of topics. Moreover, the CCC also provides its services to various departments (both academic and non-academic) on request, in the form of seminars and workshops. It also provides help in the form of bibliotherapy to the counselees. Books, articles, and handouts on various topics that are in the CCC’s book resource center are used for this purpose.