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Counseling Center

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Notes from the Counseling Center to the Dragon Community

India is currently facing a devastating COVID-19 humanitarian emergency. Hospitals are overwhelmed, medical supplies are limited and many countries throughout the world are struggling with inequity of vaccine distribution. The Counseling Center offers our genuine compassion and concern to our International students currently in India; our students who are here with extended families and loved ones living in India; and our Indian students, faculty and staff impacted by this crisis. The Center is here to offer care during this time, whether you may want to drop in for a same-day one time check-in, meet individually, or schedule a consultation to join one of our groups.


Since March 29th, the nation has been paying attention to the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer and training officer who killed George Floyd. In the midst of the trial, another Black man, Daunte Wright, was senselessly killed by another police officer. News coverage of the images and videos surrounding the trial and other killings of people of color, although hard to watch for all, can be especially traumatic for Black and African American individuals who have already endured so much injustice, senseless violence, and racism. The Counseling Center recognizes that, although the verdict of the trial may provide some relief, there is still much work to be done.

Some helpful tips to take care of yourself during and after the trial may include (visit our Coping with Racial Trauma, Discrimination and Biases for additional resources):

  • Give yourself permission to set limits on social media and news coverage
  • Take a moment to be present with yourself and name your feelings and experiences
  • Create a community and trusted support system as well as set boundaries to prioritize and nurture yourself

Seeking therapy might also be a part of your self-care during this time. The Counseling Center stands in solidarity with our students of color and is here to offer you care and support, whether you want to drop in for a one-time check-in, meet individually or join one of our groups HERE (the Center offers a range of groups including a Students of Color group). We are committed to creating a space where students with diverse and marginalized identities are welcomed and understood. You can reach us at counseling@drexel.edu and ask to speak with a counselor.

Wishing you health,
The Counseling Center Staff

SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AT THE COUNSELING CENTER
JUNE 1 - 11, 2021

The Counseling Center is pleased to announce that we will be offering same day appointments between Tuesday, June 1 and Friday, June 11.

The Counseling Center values meeting the needs of all students, and now students can get help in a wider variety of ways, even during the Center’s busiest times. Same Day Appointments mean that you will be able to talk to a therapist the same day you seek help. The Center has a large number of openings for students to schedule with one of our clinicians. All you need to do is email the Counseling Center at counseling@drexel.edu on the same day that you would like to meet with a clinician.

  • Students who schedule a Same Day Appointment will meet with a clinician for a confidential, solution-focused approach, which means they prioritize meeting immediate needs that day. By the end of the appointment, you and your clinician will have discussed next steps, which could include encouraging you to follow up as needed, connecting you with a campus partner, discussing the Center’s various services or connecting you with our Case Manager.
  • Students should plan for this appointment to last approximately 30 minutes. Your clinician will talk with you about the reasons you scheduled the appointment and will focus on meeting your immediate needs.
  • To schedule a Same Day Appointment, students are encouraged to email the Counseling Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m on Friday. We will attempt to schedule you for the same day, but depending on availability you may be not be seen until the following business day.

Students also have access to our online library of Self-Help Resources. This means you can get support on a range of topics on your own terms and work at your own pace. We have compiled a list of websites, apps, and video recordings of some of our most popular Center workshops.

Students can sign-up for Drexel's 7 Cups program. 7 Cups is an online service that connects its users with caring listeners who help provide emotional support for non-crisis issues. This does not replace therapy, but instead provides peer-to-peer support 24-hours-a-day. For more information, visit the Drexel 7 Cups page.

Students who wish to engage in consistent ongoing therapy off-campus can meet with our Case Manager who provides support connecting with a large network of providers and can be there every step of the way if you need help navigating barriers to accessing care or finding a provider.

Please note that when the Center is closed, students can still receive after-hours crisis support in the event of an emergency. You can reach the Counselor-on-Call after hours or on the weekend at 215.416.3337. Other important numbers that may be helpful include Drexel Public Safety: 215.895.2222; or Dial 9-1-1.

Same Day Appointment dates are subject to change based on University and Philadelphia safety guidelines, which may impact our return to campus.


Keeping Our Community Healthy

Welcome Dragons! To protect the health and safety of the Drexel Community and as a result of recent announcements by the University, the Counseling Center will be providing a full array of virtual services at this time; in-person services have been suspended. We are pleased to offer goal-focused individual therapy, consultations, workshops, group therapy, and we are even have quick access appointments during some of the busiest times of the term (see below for more information). For students interested in a referral for off-campus mental health services, our Case Manager is available to provide resources or assistance with navigating insurance to find a provider. You can schedule an appointment at counsel@drexel.edu. Immediate crisis support is available by phone at all times for any student in need of support. We also encourage you to explore our website as we have many on-line resources listed throughout here as well.

The Counseling Center recognizes that potential emotional toll of COVID-19 on many of our Drexel communities. For students looking for resources to help cope with the impact of COVID-19, please visit here. We also recognize that communities of color are disproportionately affected by COVID and how the pandemic has shed light on long-standing systemic health and social inequities, coupled with ongoing racial violence and trauma. Please visit our Coping with Discrimination, Hate and Violence page for more resources that may offer support to our students of color.

Further updates will be posted as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information about coronavirus visit https://drexel.edu/now/coronavirus/response/.


Hours and Scheduling

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

During the spring and summer terms, the Counseling Center will be scheduling teletherapy appointments between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Thursday, and on Fridays between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Evening appointments may be available for co-op students by request. If you would like to make an appointment for teletherapy please email counseling@drexel.edu. If you are trying to reach the Counseling Center for another issue, please call the office at 215.895.1415.

While we are working remotely, students will be asked to complete the following steps when scheduling a first-time appointment:

  1. Students should contact counseling@drexel.edu to request an appointment.
  2. After you have confirmed the date and time of your appointment, you will receive an email response which will include information about two additional email notifications you will receive before your meeting time.
  3. The instructions that are listed in these emails must be followed in order for treatment at the Counseling Center to begin. They includes the steps to complete paperwork through an online system and approval of a meeting request via Zoom.
  4. IMPORTANT: ALL PAPERWORK MUST BE COMPLETED AT LEAST TWO HOURS MINUTES BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME OR ELSE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO RESCHEDULE. Please leave yourself enough time as it can take between 20-30 minutes to complete all paperwork. In addition, your session will time-out after 30 minutes so please complete your forms in one sitting.

If you have questions about this process, please email counseling@drexel.edu.

If you are currently in crisis, please contact our on-call counselor at 215.416.3337. If this is a psychological emergency and you need immediate attention, please dial 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.


Diversity Statement

Drexel University Counseling Center seeks to affirm, value, honor and celebrate diversity, using a cultural humility lens. We are committed to be aware of and understand diversity in its broadest sense. We view this commitment as a life-long learning journey. Consequently, we continue to seek opportunities to educate ourselves about other cultures and their diverse worldviews. We are dedicated to extend this spirit to the students we serve, treating all with dignity and respect.

Prejudice and discrimination in the areas of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, age, body size/shape, political ideology, socio-economic status, and religious/spiritual beliefs are detrimental to the populations we serve as well as to our own personal and professional development. Therefore, we are committed to work toward recognizing, confronting and eliminating any forms of prejudice, oppression and discrimination. We continue to build an open and trusting environment in which we feel free to explore and discuss our attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors in relation to others who are similar to and different from ourselves. Our intention is to create an open and trusting space in which all students feel safe, valued, heard and respected.


Land Acknowledgement Statement

The land on which Drexel University stands is Lenape land, and we pay respect and honor to the caretakers of this land, from time immemorial until now, and into the future. We openly recognize the Lenape Indian tribe as the original inhabitants of eastern Pennsylvania. Acknowledging this history is consistent with the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Drexel recognizes the historical links between the land on which the University sits and the Lenape peoples. We honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples and nations and this land. This land acknowledgment is one small act in the ongoing process of working to be in good relationship with the land and the people of the land.