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Student Counseling Summer 2020

The Student Counseling Office will be open during the summer months Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. -4:30p.m. We will be closed Fridays. Students can make an appointment by calling the Student Counseling Office (320-589-6060) Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – noon or 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Please know that office staff will be reduced during the summer months. If the office is closed or you receive a voicemail, you can leave a message and your message will be returned as soon as someone is able. If the counselor you have been working with is not working in the summer months, please work with them for a referral to a new counselor or resources in your area should you need support over the summer.

Someplace Safe does not have office hours over the summer. If you are in need of advocacy services please call 320-589-3208 or 1-800-974-3359.

If you (or someone you know) is having a mental health crisis and/or is in immediate danger, please call 911. Dangerous crisis situations include suicidal behaviors or threats, homicidal behavior or threats, irrational dangerous behavior, or excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs. If you are not sure whether the situation represents immediate danger, err on the side of caution and place the call.

If the mental health crisis you are experiencing is not dangerous, but you wish to access health care immediately, please contact one of the following, 24 hours a day:

On and Off Campus Students
Campus Police: Campus Police will help coordinate obtaining access to mental health services.

On Campus Students
Contact your CA, on-call CA or Hall Director. Your CA can help getting access to mental health services.

Stevens Community Medical Center
320-589-1313
400 East 1st Street
Morris MN, 56267
4 blocks from campus

Fall 2020 Hybrid Tele-Counseling And In-Person Counseling Services:

Beginning August 17, 2020 Student Counseling will transition to a hybrid tele-mental health counseling and in-person counseling service.

Fall 2020 will be a hybrid model of tele-health counseling and in-person
counseling. Student Counseling will continue offering tele-health services
in the place of in-person meetings, especially when at-risk students and/or
staff are involved. In-person meetings will be offered when it is the best
option clinically. If students are not on campus, but remain in the state
of Minnesota, they are eligible for tele-health services.

UMM Student Counseling will continue following all policies, procedures
and office protocol related to tele-health services as noted below.

If students are on campus, and want to meet in person, we will assess
this on an as needed basis for each individual

Tele-health Platform, Training & Limitations

  • Tele-Mental Health counseling will be provided by our staff counselors via ZOOM. 
  • ZOOM is a HIPAA compliant platform 
  • Students will be provided with additional instructions to utilize ZOOM when they schedule and more information can be found here:
  • Counselors have been researching and assessing best practices in relation to tele-counseling and tele-mental health services. 
  • All counselors will be receiving specialized training to ensure this service best serves our students. 
  • Students outside of the State of Minnesota are not able to receive this service as most of our staff are only licensed in the State of Minnesota 
  • If there are students needing support outside of the state of Minnesota, we are happy to work with them to find resources in their area and have created several resource documents to assist with this issue. 
  • Group sessions will be discontinued for the remainder of the semester
  • Let’s Talk sessions will be discontinued for the remainder of the semester. 
  • This letter contains more information about student client services.

Scheduling

  • Students can call 320-589-6060 and leave a message if they would like to schedule an appointment OR they can complete the form here or here. Choose the format that works best for you.
  • New clients will initially be offered a phone consultation with one of our counselors to ensure their preferred service delivery is most appropriate for their needs.
  • Changes in Procedure: All clients will be asked to complete a consent form for tele-mental health counseling and/or in-person counseling and this consent varies based on the service delivery. This is available online for review and signature and your counselor will be able to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the differences between tele-mental health counseling and in-person counseling.

Mental Health Hotlines for Students–Local and National

  • If you are struggling and want to talk about adjusting to college life, try the U of M Textline. Just text "UMN" to 61222 and a counselor will be there 24/7 to talk, offer suggestions, or provide you with resources that may help—all through texting. It's a free service for UMN students.
  • If you would prefer to talk on the phone, please call the U of M Crisis Line: 612-301-4673 anytime. If you (or someone you know) is having a mental health crisis and/or is in immediate danger, please call 911 immediately.
  • Learn to Live: Confidential, free online programs to help with stress, depression, social anxiety and insomnia (enter code "UMN").
  • Jed Foundation - COVID-19 and Managing Mental Health
  • 1-800-273-TALK
    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s mission is to provide immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is the only national suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource funded by the Federal Government.
  • Region 4 Mobile Crisis Team: 701-364-0431
    • Mobile mental health services are short-term, face-to-face services designed to restore a person's functioning level to pre-crisis levels. Their response services offer opportunities to de-escalate a situation or problem and help people develop individualized strategies for their future concerns.

Office Location: 235 Behmler Hall
Office Phone: 320-589-6060
Office Email: ummcounseling@morris.umn.edu

Student Counseling supports students’ self-awareness, skill building, mental health and well being to foster success in meeting their academic goals and in life.

Student Counseling provides free personal, crisis, and developmental counseling, educational programming and outreach. Student Counseling also provides confidential consultation and referrals for students who have been experiencing sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, or harassment. 

Student Counseling focuses on the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical, occupational and social development of students. Our services are preventative and educational in nature and come from a developmental perspective. Students in crisis and those with chronic mental illnesses are served in the capacity deemed appropriate. Ongoing consultation to students and faculty concerned about another person is also provided.

Student Counseling provides assessment, mental health counseling, brief psychotherapy, and referrals for UMN Morris students on a voluntary and confidential basis. Our purpose is to support students’ personal development, help students cope with challenges associated with painful life events, and assist students in developing resiliency so they are better able to respond to problems and concerns. We are here to help in ways that further students’ growth and make their experiences as UMN Morris students more productive and successful. Here are the services we offer for currently enrolled on-campus students:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Psychiatric and mental health medication referrals including referrals on campus telepsychiatry.
  • Consultation
  • Presentations and workshops

How to make an appointment

Please call 320-589-6060 or, to schedule an appointment, drop by the Student Counseling Office on the 2nd floor of Behmler Hall between 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Services Student Counseling Does Not Provide

Student Counseling strives to provide as much support for students’ mental health care as possible. However, we are not able to provide some specialized services, resource-intensive programs, services beyond the scope of Student Counseling mission, or those which pose a conflict of interest.  As such, we do not provide:

  • Clinical services for students studying away from the campus including international or domestic exchange. We do not serve incoming first-year students prior to Orientation, students who have graduated, or alumni
  • Clinical services to staff or faculty
  • Long-term counseling
  • Specialty care such as EMDR, psychoanalysis, bodywork, etc.
  • Intensive substance abuse treatment
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Testing for learning disabilities or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Assessment and documentation for service or emotional support animals
  • Forensic evaluations
  • Neuropsychological evaluations
  • Court ordered treatment, treatment that is the stipulation of probation and mandated treatment
  • Evaluations for attorneys or courts related to difficulties such as alcohol infractions (e.g., driving under the influence) or other domestic matters such as parents seeking custodial authority of a student
  • Services to students who are not medically stable or require intensive medical treatment
  • Mediation for on-campus proceedings

Although we do not provide these services, we will assist students in accessing these resources off-campus. If you would like assistance in finding an on-campus resource to meet your needs, please contact Student Counseling and schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.