The Counseling Center provides academic, personal, and career counseling to Waynesburg University students. Our qualified staff will listen to your concerns and assist you with academic and career planning.
We are committed to helping students gain self -knowledge, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills. Our goal is to help students on an individual level to achieve a positive campus experience and to develop to your full potential.
Counseling for Waynesburg University students is free and confidential.
Peer educators are students who role model, educate, and assist their peers in making responsible, healthy lifestyle choices. Many students are "natural" peer educators: by their example and encouragement, they "teach" others to make similar choices.
Waynesburg University recognizes the value of peers learning from one another. We offer a certification program to students who are interested in more formally sharing their knowledge and skills with others. Certified peer educators perform many important functions on campus. They present information to student groups about numerous health-related topics such as alcohol and drug awareness, healthy relationships, sexual assault issues, eating disorders, and other topics relevant to student life. Peer educators are also trained to listen and make appropriate referrals for students who may be experiencing these or other concerns.
Our Peer Educators tend to be active students, well involved in campus life. They are generally referred to the program by staff or faculty who recognize their talents.
You may make an appointment to speak to a counselor in any of the following ways:
- Call the counselor.
If you get voice mail, leave a message with your name and phone number.
- Write the counselor a note and put it in the campus mail.
- Come directly to 320 Stover and ask to talk to a counselor.
You can also e-mail the counselor requesting a meeting. Keep in mind, however, that e-mail is not necessarily confidential communication.
We make every effort to respond to you the same day that you make a request. It is possible, however, that we may be off-campus and unable to reply immediately. If you do not hear back within 24 hours, please contact our secretary, Pam Brown (724-852-3233) who will be able to tell you when the counselor will be available.
The first meeting with a counselor is for the purpose of exploring your concerns. If, after this first meeting, you both agree that counseling in our center is appropriate, you will be referred to one of the counselors for future appointments. Depending on the nature of your situation, it may be the same person you met with initially or it may be one of the other counselors.
Counseling sessions ordinarily occur once a week for 50 minutes, and will be planned around your class and extra-curricular schedule. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call and cancel as soon as possible, so that we can give your time to another student.
Self-Help and Mental Health Information
Alcoholic's Anonymous 724-225-4188
American Psychological Association Help Center
Children of Alcoholics Foundation
National Eating Disorders Association
Prevention and wellness, Healthfinder guide to reliable health information
National Institute of Mental Health
Study Skills Self-help Information from Virginia Tech
Suicide Prevention, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Women's Center, services for victims of domestic violence and abuse, 724-852-2463
Crisis Pregnancy Center of Greene County, counseling for alternatives to abortion, 724-627-6819
Rape Crisis, CARE Center's STAAR Program, 724-627-6108 Night: 1-888-480-7283
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
The college years are exciting, challenging, and sometimes a bit overwhelming. With increased independence and responsibilities, it's not surprising that college students may occasionally experience an emotional or psychological problem that makes it difficult to concentrate or study. Examples of some of these problems are:
- eating disorders
- sleep difficulties
- sexuality issues
- alcohol or drug use
- computer addiction
- problems with family or friends
- difficulties resulting from childhood
- distress caused by assault, abuse or harassment
- feeling stuck or unhappy or confused.
No matter what the problem, if it is interfering with your success at College, we invite you to make an appointment to talk about it.
The first meeting with a counselor is for the purpose of exploring your concerns. If, after this first meeting, you both agree that counseling in our center is appropriate, you will be referred to one of the counselors for future appointments. Depending on the nature of your situation, it may be the same person who saw you initially or one of the other counselors. Counseling sessions ordinarily occur once a week for 50 minutes, and will be planned around your class and extra-curricular schedule. If your treatment needs deserve more intensive or long-term therapy, or require resources beyond what we can provide, we will assist with referral to an appropriate off-campus mental health provider. All personal counseling is strictly confidential.
The problems you are experiencing may be the result of religious or spiritual questions. All of our counselors are comfortable talking to you about your religious journey.
If you are experiencing physical problems, such as headache, nausea, abnormal fatigue, dizziness, or any other unusual physical symptom, contact the Health Center. Even if you are fairly sure that the physical symptom is related to an emotional problem, you should get it checked out.
What is your vocation? Who are you and what are you called to do? Counseling can help you with the complicated process of choosing a career and a major, which can involve:
- understanding and appreciating your gifts and talents,
- discerning who you are called to be and what you are called to do,
- setting personal, academic, and career goals.
If you would like assistance with any of these steps, contact either Brian Carr, Mary Hamilla or Jane Owen. Waynesburg University's award-winning Major-Decision Program, which includes a course in Career and Life Planning, is designed to help you choose a major.
Students are also encouraged to use Discover, a computer based career guidance and information system. You will be able to use this program to learn more about yourself, about occupations, and about major courses of study. Any one of the counselors will provide you with a password for the Internet version of Discover, and will also guide you in its use.
If you have already chosen a major, and want help in locating an internship, applying for graduate school, or identifying employment opportunities, contact the Career Services and Placement Office.
It doesn't take long for most college students to realize that the academic demands here are much different than they were in high school. No matter what your academic background, and how well you did previously, you may be surprised by the challenges of higher education. Some of the academic problems that are discussed in counseling are:
- not knowing where to start or how to get organized
- time management
- dealing with test anxiety
- preparing for tests
- reading textbooks and taking notes
- improving concentration and memorization
- understanding your best learning style
The counselor will give you tips and strategies to help you meet your academic goals.
In addition, tutoring is available in the Knox Learning Center.
If you have a disability, which is interfering in your ability to be successful academically, call Tom Helmick, 724-852-3210. Tom will make an appointment for you to talk to him confidentially about your situation.
Anything you say in a personal counseling session is considered strictly confidential. Not only do we keep what you say confidential, but even the fact that you are attending counseling is confidential. The only way anyone - including your parents - will find out that you are in counseling is if you tell them. Confidentiality is not only a rule of the Counseling Center, but it is required by the staffs' professional ethical standards.
There are, however, legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality which require that the counselor take responsible action:
- When there is a clear and present danger of harm to you or another person.
- If we have reason to believe or suspect that a client under the age of 18 is being exposed to abuse or neglect.
- If there is a court subpoena, court order, or other mandatory legal process.
Counseling files are locked in the Counseling Center. They are not part of the academic record. No one has access to them except the members of the Counseling Center staff. Trust is a very important part of the counseling process, and you can trust that what you say will be kept confidential.
E-mail is not a confidential way to communicate. We do not recommend that you e-mail us to make appointments or to talk about a concern. Please use the telephone or write us a note.
Educational Enrichment Program
The Pennsylvania legislature established the Higher Education Equal Opportunity Program (Act 101) in 1971. The program provides support services for undergraduate students whose cultural, economic and educational disadvantages might impede their ability to pursue higher education opportunities successfully. Through a program of tutoring, counseling, curricular innovation, and cultural enrichment activities, students develop as campus leaders and graduate with marketable skills.
At Waynesburg University the Educational Enrichment Program is funded by Act 101 funds. If you are a resident of Pennsylvania and think you may be eligible for this program, contact Jane Owen, the program's Assistant Director.
Counseling for International Students
Coming to the United States to study is very exciting and at the same time very challenging. All college students go through a period of adjustment. For international students the adjustment may be more difficult because you may have difficulty communicating or you may not be familiar with our culture. In addition, many international students experience loneliness, are not sure how to make friends with people from different cultures and are confused about how to interact with people in authority. There is so much to get used to - even the food may be a challenge!
If you are feeling confused, overwhelmed or fearful, you can talk to one of the counselors about what you are experiencing. Or, if you had a problem in your home country, and that problem is now interfering with your ability to succeed at Waynesburg University, talking to a counselor will be helpful. We work hard to educate ourselves about other cultures and about the problems international students face. Students come to us because they trust that we will listen and understand, because they know that we can help, and because what they say to us will be confidential.
Peer educators are students who role model, educate, and assist their peers in making responsible, healthy lifestyle choices. Many students are "natural" peer educators: by their example and encouragement, they "teach" others to make similar choices. Waynesburg University recognizes the value of peers learning from one another. We offer a certification program to students who are interested in more formally sharing their knowledge and skills with others. Certified peer educators perform many important functions on campus. They present information to student groups about numerous health-related topics such as alcohol and drug awareness, healthy relationships, sexual assault issues, eating disorders, and other topics relevant to student life. Peer educators are also trained to listen and make appropriate referrals for students who may be experiencing these or other concerns.
The counselors are ordinarily available during work hours, from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. For psychological emergencies during these hours, call the counseling center (724) 852-3225 or go directly to 320 Stover.
In the event of a psychological emergency that occurs after hours and cannot wait until the next business day, call Public Safety at 724-852-3303 or talk to the Resident Director on duty. You may also call 911 or go directly to the Southwest Regional Medical Emergency Room.
Don't Cancel That Class
The Don't Cancel That Class program offers a selection of one-hour workshops presented by the Counseling Center staff, and other faculty and staff, in a classroom setting. The presentations are based on a wellness model, incorporating intellectual, physical, emotional, social, occupational, and spiritual components.
We are available to give presentations to classes when faculty must be away from the classroom, and also when faculty are present. Whenever possible, we will tailor the presentation to your discipline. For example, if we do a program on conflict resolution, we would use different scenarios for education majors than we would for business majors.