Student Counseling Services Hours During the Academic Year

DayHours
Monday 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Tuesday      8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Closed

 

Message of Support, Solidarity, and Coping Recommendations from

Student Counseling and Health Services 

 

Message to the community:

In keeping with the Institution's mission and values, we know that Connecticut College community members are compassionate, empowered, and actively engaged in the campus, local, and global communities. Given the aforementioned, we know that you may be feeling many things in response to the Nation’s most recent efforts to confront deeply institutionally embedded anti-Black racism. We stand in solidarity with those who are at risk of racist violence, with those who are taking action, and we are committed to do our part to support equity in the context of our role in the community. As the Connecticut College community staff persons honored with the task of tending to and advocating for the mental and physical health of students at this time, we think it important to speak to the connection between inequity, the fight for justice, and mental health and wellbeing. We hope that the words and resources included in this communication will assist you in maintaining your wellness during this time.  

Pervasive institutional racism and other manifestations of bigotry disproportionately impact marginalized communities; they are, as we are seeing at present (and have seen in the past), life-threatening. Systemic racism and injustice have a deleterious effect on the mental and physical health of both its targets and larger society. These realities are painful and difficult to process and "sit with." Accordingly we encourage you not to simply sit with them. We suggest that following a period of reflection, you work to actively confront these realities and honor your related emotions.

Confronting the reality of inequity and injustice and its impact on human lives is a part of the process of moving toward mental health and wellbeing for individuals, it is also a necessary means of creating societal change. We encourage Conn community members to stay aware of and to engage with these realities by pursuing accurate historic and current information. Additionally, we encourage taking related empowered actions to facilitate change. Know that change-oriented action comes in a variety of forms; for some it may involve written or verbal communication either in small spheres of influence or public forums. Others may engage in protests aimed at legislative reform. All change-oriented action is meaningful and has the potential to serve as a valuable contribution. Regardless of the specific mode of action, change-oriented processes facilitate hope, understanding, agency, and connection with others. Hope, understanding, agency, and connection between people increase mental health and wellbeing. Notably, these (among other things) are factors which may serve to reduce the biases that underlie discriminatory actions against others; the very change targeted by the actions. 

We know that there is an emotional and physical toll related to confronting reality, speaking truth to power, protesting, and working toward equity and justice. Accordingly we offer the following recommendations related to engagement in that work: honor your limits by boundary setting, allow time and space for pauses and reflection, take breaks (or time away from action) as needed, engage in life-affirming pleasurable activities in between work to confront and address inequity-related realities. The treatment of Black people and other marginalized communities in our Nation often fails to reflect appreciation for and awareness of their humanity. Honoring the full humanity of others and yourself is at such times a radical act. Radical self-care is an integral part of sustainable work toward justice, surviving, and thriving during times of adversity. We urge Conn community members to couple change-focused engagement with radical self-care. Tend to your physical and mental health by engaging in regular practices of mindfulness, emotional processing, counseling support as necessary, and connections with others. 

Although we are not open during the summer months, we offer the resources that follow this letter to the community at this time. We look forward to engaging again with you all in the fall. Until then, please stay well and take good care,

Your Student Counseling Services and Student Health Services Staff 

Resources to support your sustainable engagement in change-oriented action:

Resources for coping with and confronting racism for Black individuals and communities (curated by the University Of Illinois)

Resources to facilitate antiracism (curated by the University Of Illinois)

Resources to facilitate ongoing efforts to coping with the global pandemic:

 

Student Counseling Services has an after-hours service. If you need to speak with a counselor after our regular business hours, just call our office number at 860-439-4587, and press 1.

 

About Student Counseling Services

Our goal is to enhance each individual's ability to learn, to create and to be fully participating members of the College community by utilizing safe, culturally sensitive and inclusive approaches to mental health treatment. Care is provided in a safe and compassionate atmosphere at no cost to the student.

Some students come only once or twice to discuss something that concerns them, while others may require more ongoing care. The counselors also consult with students, faculty, staff or family members if they are concerned about a specific student, or how to speak to a specific student.

*Connecticut College Student Counseling Services has been accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS) since 2005.

Services

We provide students with a wide range of outpatient clinical services in a safe, compassionate atmosphere including:

  • Evaluation
  • Individual and group counseling (see Support Groups and Events)
  • Psychopharmacological evaluation and medication management
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Outreach, consultation, and Gatekeeper Training to the College community
  • Psycho-educational forums
  • Referral to off-campus clinicians for specialized and/or intensive treatment
  • Light therapy

Our ULifeline mental health screening and Interactive Screening Program (ISP) can help you determine if you will benefit from counseling services.

Some of the student concerns that can be addressed in treatment include:  
Alcohol/substance use & abuse Self-esteem
Relationships    Body image
Loneliness Family issues
Grief/loss Roommate issues
Sexuality Problems in living
Adjustment issues Identity issues
Sexual assault Other mental health issues
Depression Anxiety

 

If you prefer to see a clinician off campus, please try out our new provider directory at conncoll.thrivingcampus.com!

Support Groups