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  • FAQs | Whittier College
    Permanente Student Health Plan to be seen at the health center Medical visits are free however there are supplementary fees for lab tests Rx medications vaccinations TB skin tests and some procedures We moved a lot during my childhood and I can t access my complete immunization records What should I do If you attended school in the United States your last school college may have a record of your required immunizations You should also check with your primary care physician and parent s to see what records they do have If you are still unable to provide documentation of your immunizations you will need to obtain lab tests called titers that will indicate whether or not you are immune to the vaccine you are being screened for Some vaccines do not have titers so you will need to get additional vaccinations to get you current on your immunizations If any titers come back negative indicating that you are not immuned to the vaccine being screened for you will need additional vaccines in this case as well Do I need an appointment to be seen at the Student Health Wellness Center Appointments for routine visits such as physical exams and PAP smears are required Appointments for illnesses and injuries and other types of appointments are highly recommended to avoid long wait times Urgent care walk in clinic is available on Mondays between 8 30 a m 11 30 a m To schedule any appointment at the Student Health Wellness Center call us at 562 464 4548 Can my parents find out what treatment I m receiving at the Student Health Wellness Center Medical information may not be released without the written consent of the patient If parents have questions or concerns health center staff can answer generalized questions but cannot violate patient confidentiality that is protected by law Students are responsible for notifying parents or guardians of their condition except in the case of a serious emergency I m on several prescription medications Can I obtain these medications at the Health Center It depends on what medications you need The Student Health Wellness Center is equipped to care for most common health care conditions to treat young adults and adolescents We stock a variety over the counter medications and a variety of prescription medications used to treat common illnesses or injuries such as many antibiotics birth control pills emergency contraceptives topicals eye nose and ear medications etc If you have specific medication needs please call the health center for further guidance Rx medications may be dispensed to you at the health center or you may be given a prescription to take with you to take to a local pharmacy Psychotropic medications should be requested from your own provider or psychiatrist at the Counseling Center Can I schedule to see the same provider every time I make an appointment at the Student Health Wellness Center We believe in continuity of care and all efforts will be made to schedule you with

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  • Our Services | Whittier College
    Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Counseling Center Slider Counseling Center Prev Next In This Section Counsel Mobile Home Our Services Psychiatric Services Schedule an Appointment Student FAQs Confidentiality Information for Parents Information for Faculty Staff Events Workshops Counseling Internships Resources Links Contact Us You are here Home Counseling Center Our Services Our Services On 27 Apr 2013 By rrafferty 0 Comments Students grappling with challenges or questions make use of the counseling center every year We promote and foster the emotional and psychological growth and well being of all students at Whittier College through psychiatric services short term individual and couples therapy referrals education outreach events and other on campus services For help accessing our services please reference this flowchart Our staff has extensive experience in college counseling and is committed to providing high quality services in a safe confidential and non judgmental atmosphere Services are free of charge to currently enrolled undergraduate Whittier College students Individual Therapy Short term individual therapy provides a student the opportunity to meet one on one with a counselor to freely explore a variety of problems difficulties or concerns Sessions average 45 50 minutes Couples Therapy Couples therapy is highly effective for many student concerns Counselors facilitate sessions so that individuals can hear other s perspectives feel connection through shared experience and practice new ways of interacting and coping Sessions average 45 50 minutes Note one of the parties involved in couples therapy must be a Whittier student Psychiatric Services The Counseling Center has a psychiatrist available to students for medication evaluations consultations and medication management A counseling center counselor will perform an intake where he or she will evaluate to see if a medication evaluation with the psychiatrist is warranted Learn more Referrals Counseling center staff can provide students

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  • Psychiatric Services | Whittier College
    Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Counseling Center Slider Counseling Center Prev Next In This Section Counsel Mobile Home Our Services Psychiatric Services Schedule an Appointment Student FAQs Confidentiality Information for Parents Information for Faculty Staff Events Workshops Counseling Internships Resources Links Contact Us You are here Home Counseling Center Psychiatric Services Psychiatric Services On 27 Apr 2013 By rrafferty 0 Comments Psychiatrists are trained in the medical psychological and social components of mental emotional and behavioral disorders They order diagnostic tests prescribe medications practice psychotherapy and help patients and their families cope with stress and crises Psychiatrists often consult with primary care physicians and psychotherapists such as psychologists and social workers How can a psychiatrist help me Psychiatrists are similar to psychologists in that they may help treat depression anxiety concentration problems and substance abuse problems along with many other disorders The primary difference is that a psychiatrist has a medical degree and may discuss the option of medication to aid in helping you What should I expect when I meet with the psychiatrist During your first visit the psychiatrist will conduct a thorough assessment of symptoms take your family s medical history as well as your medical history and get other relevant background information to determine whether or not medication is in your best interest The psychiatrist will discuss all options with you and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of medication If the decision is made to begin taking medication the psychiatrist will schedule future appointments to continuously monitor the medication and readjust if necessary How I do I meet with the psychiatrist The College psychiatrist works very closely with counseling center staff In order to meet with the psychiatrist stop by the counseling center or call us at 562 907 4239

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  • Schedule an Appointment | Whittier College
    Contact Us Campus Life Campus Life Home Getting Involved Housing Food Health Exercise Sustainability Student Support First Year at Whittier News Events Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Counseling Center Slider Counseling Center Prev Next In This Section Counsel Mobile Home Our Services Psychiatric Services Schedule an Appointment Student FAQs Confidentiality Information for Parents Information for Faculty Staff Events Workshops Counseling Internships Resources Links Contact Us You are here Home Counseling Center Schedule an Appointment Schedule an Appointment On 27 Apr 2013 By rrafferty 0 Comments The Student Counseling Center is ready to serve you Students are encouraged to contact us for an appointment By phone 562 907 4239 Via email counselingcenter whittier edu In person Our office is located at Haverhill A next to the Campus Safety office When you arrive at the counseling center for your first appointment you will be asked to complete a brief set of forms to assist your therapist in getting to know you better We suggest that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and to come prepared write down some of the major concerns that prompted you to seek counseling Cancellations If you are unable for any reason to keep a scheduled appointment please call us at 562 907 4239 as soon as possible Fees Counseling sessions are provided at no cost to currently enrolled Whittier College students Costs of services provided are underwritten by the student health fee included in

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  • Student FAQs | Whittier College
    are here Home Counseling Center Student FAQs Student FAQs On 27 Apr 2013 By rrafferty 0 Comments Who uses the Counseling Center Why do students typically come to the counseling center If I see a counselor will I have to keep making appointments for a long time Is counseling REALLY confidential Does counseling really help Why are there different counselors every year How do I set up an appointment How much do counseling services cost Who uses the counseling center About 15 percent of students make counseling appointments each year By the time they graduate from Whittier one in five students will have used our services Why do students typically come to the counseling center Students most frequent complaints are feeling depressed or unhappy having relationship problems or feeling anxious and uncertain about the future The counseling center can help address a wide range of psychological issues that people may encounter including Relationship problems Stress management Family issues Adjustment to college life Academic problems Substance abuse Eating disorders Depression Anxiety Anger management If I see a counselor will I have to keep making appointments for a long time Use of our counseling services is voluntary The number of times a student returns to the counseling center is determined by the student and his her counselor Many students feel better after talking to a counselor the first time and do not return for a second visit The majority of students come for an average of five sessions Sessions can be scheduled weekly monthly or at any frequency that makes Does counseling really help The majority of students who come to the counseling center report that counseling has helped them to sort out their concerns and improve the way they feel about their situation Why are there different counselors every year Counseling

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  • Confidentiality | Whittier College
    Involved Housing Food Health Exercise Sustainability Student Support First Year at Whittier News Events Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Counseling Center Slider Counseling Center Prev Next In This Section Counsel Mobile Home Our Services Psychiatric Services Schedule an Appointment Student FAQs Confidentiality Information for Parents Information for Faculty Staff Events Workshops Counseling Internships Resources Links Contact Us You are here Home Counseling Center Confidentiality Confidentiality On 27 Apr 2013 By rrafferty 0 Comments The counseling center follows a strict policy of confidentiality between client and counselor No information regarding a client s experience can be released to Whittier College any individual or institution outside the counseling center without the client s written permission The only exceptions to this policy are in the case of child or elder abuse or when an individual is clearly in danger of self harm

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  • Information for Parents | Whittier College
    Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Counseling Center Slider Counseling Center Prev Next In This Section Counsel Mobile Home Our Services Psychiatric Services Schedule an Appointment Student FAQs Confidentiality Information for Parents Information for Faculty Staff Events Workshops Counseling Internships Resources Links Contact Us You are here Home Counseling Center Information for Parents Information for Parents On 27 Apr 2013 By rrafferty 0 Comments During your student s time at Whittier College many variables can affect his or her general well being and mental health These variables include the need to form new relationships the lack of structure and irregular sleep schedules academic pressures and the availability of alcohol and other substances which can cause the onset of new recurring or worsening of psychological illnesses Please talk with your student about the importance of developing a healthy balanced lifestyle that includes academics use of a social support network good nutrition and a regular sleep and exercise schedule Be sure to also discuss the risks of engaging in binge drinking or other drug use Managing Challenges If your student has experienced emotional difficulties and or has been in treatment for psychological or mental health issues careful planning to manage such challenges can be a key part of his or her transition to college For example anxiety depression eating disorders and alcohol and drug abuse are all common problems that need particular consideration Planning can begin by talking with your student and consulting with his her current or past treatment provider such as a therapist psychiatrist or family doctor Try to discuss the following with your student s past treatment provider Strategies to reduce the risk of relapse Early recognition of symptoms of recurrence and resources to seek help Insurance coverage with an adequate mental health plan Plan

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  • Information for Faculty/Staff | Whittier College
    killing myself and 25 percent present some degree of suicide concern It is important to view all suicidal comments as serious Watching for some of the following behaviors will also give you clues to what s going on with a student If several of these are true refer the student to the counseling center for assessment Severe changes in sleeping or eating behaviors Withdrawing from friends and family Not attending class Expressing hopelessness guilt or a fascination with death Sudden mood or behavior changes Giving possessions away Expressing that life isn t worth the trouble DO DON T Ask about suicide openly and directly Get overly involved with the student without obtaining consultation Be confident caring and know the resources available Ignore comments like I won t be a problem much longer or nothing matters it s no use Take charge and bring the student to the counseling center Be too busy to intervene After hours call Campus Safety for assistance in monitoring the student and in contacting the counselor on call VIOLENT VERBALLY AGGRESSIVE STUDENT Violence Violence is defined as to use force so as to injure or damage roughness in action to outrage to force to injure Violence because of emotional distress is rare and typically occurs when the student s level of frustration has been so intense or of such an enduring nature as to erode all of the student s emotional controls This behavior is often associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs Remain calm Stay safe have access to a door keep furniture desk between you and the student Get help if necessary send a someone for other staff faculty dean public safety officer Do not threaten corner or touch the student Aggressive Aggression is defined as to attack to go to to commit the first act of hostility or offense to assault first or to invade Students usually become verbally aggressive in frustrating situations they perceive as being beyond their control Anger and upset become displaced from those situations onto the nearest target YOU Explosive outbursts or ongoing belligerent hostile behavior become the student s way of gaining power and control It is important to remember that for the most part the student is not angry at you DO DON T Acknowledge their anger and frustration e g I hear how angry you are Ignore warning signs body language clenched fists Reduce stimulation invite the person to a quiet place if this is comfortable remember not to let yourself be physically trapped Get into an argument or shouting match Be directive and firm about behaviors you will accept e g I need for you to step back I m having a hard time listening to you when you yell Become hostile or punitive yourself e g You can t talk to me that way Allow them to ventilate get the feelings out and tell you what is upsetting them Press for explanations for their behavior Make threats or dares THE STUDENT IN POOR CONTACT WITH REALITY These students have difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality Their thinking is typically illogical confused or irrational e g speech patterns that jump from one topic to another with no meaningful connection their emotional responses may be incongruent or inappropriate and their behavior may be bizarre and disturbing These students may experience hallucinations often auditory and may report hearing voices e g someone is trying to harm control them While these students may elicit alarm of fear from other they generally are not dangerous our violent Consult with or refer to the counseling center as soon as possible DO DON T Respond with warmth and kindness Argue or try to convince them of the irrationality of their thinking as this commonly produces a stronger defense of the false perception Remove extra stimulation from the environment turn off the radio step outside a noisy room Play along e g Oh yes I hear voices see the devil etc Acknowledge your concerns and verbalize their need for help Encourage further discussion of the delusional processes Acknowledge their feelings or fears without supporting the misperceptions e g I understand you think someone is following you and it must seem real to you but I don t see anyone and I believe you are safe Demand command or order them to do something to change their perceptions Seek consultation or refer to counseling center THE ANXIOUS STUDENT Anxiety is a normal response to a perceived danger or threat to one s well being For some students the cause of their anxiety will be clear but for others it is difficult to pinpoint the reason for distress Regardless of the cause one or more of the following symptoms may be experienced rapid heart beat chest pain or discomfort dizziness sweating trembling or shaking and cold clammy hands The student may also complain of difficulty concentrating always being on edge having difficulty making decisions sleeping problems or being too fearful to take action In rarer cases a student may experience a panic attack in which the physical symptoms occur spontaneously and intensely in such a way that the student may fear she he is dying DO DON T Let them discuss their feelings and thoughts Often this alone relieves a great deal of pressure Minimize the perceived threat to which the student is reacting Provide reassurance Take responsibility for their emotional state Talk slowly and remain calm Overwhelm them with information or ideas to fix their condition Be clear and directive Become anxious or overwhelmed by the student s problems Refer to counseling center THE STUDENT UNDER THE INFLUENCE Alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive drug In addition to being the preferred drug on college campuses it is common to find students who abuse alcohol also abusing other drugs both prescription and elicit Nationally 43 percent of college students engage in binge drinking defined as five drinks in a row four for women Consuming alcohol in large quantities quickly can be lethal

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