FALL 2020/Spring 2021 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. All new students will start with a phone consultation with a counselor to assess best service options. All returning clients should contact the office to discuss best options with your counselor and/or office staff.
UMM Student Counseling will continue following all policies, procedures and office protocol related to tele-health services and modified in-person services as detailed 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 researched and assessed best practices in relation to tele-counseling and tele-mental health services.
- All counselors have received 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 are not operating at this time as we continue to assess best options.
- Let’s Talk sessions will be held virtually: https://students.morris.umn.edu/health-and-wellness/mental-health/lets-talk-program
In-Person Expectations & Guidelines:
- Students are required a wear a mask in the lobby and back to their assigned counselor’s office
- Students will only keep their in-person appointments if they are symptom free of a fever, shortness of breath or a cough or have been exposed to someone who shows signs of COVID-19.
- Temperatures will be taken by the office manager upon arrival
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available upon arrival
- Reception area and counselors offices are arranged for appropriate physical distancing
- Students and staff will maintain safe distancing
- Students resuming or starting in-person services will be required to complete the new in-person consent form for COVID-19 pandemic
- We schedule appointment at specific intervals to minimize the number of people in the waiting room
- We ask all students to arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before their appointment times
- Physical contact is not permitted
- All common areas and objects will be thoroughly disinfect throughout the day
- We ask that students do not enter the Student Counseling office solely to schedule appointments. Please contact the office at 320-589-6060, email at email@example.com or complete the appointment request form here
Let’s Talk Platform and Limitations:
- Student can access counselors during Let’s Talk hours to have a 10-15 minute consultation
- Let’s Talk consultations will be done via phone or zoom meeting
- No appointment is necessary, free and confidential.
- Call 320-589-6060 during Let’s Talk hours to be set up with your virtual Let’s Talk session
- Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
- Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Visit the Let’s Talk page for more information on this program: Let's Talk
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
- Region 4 Mobile Crisis Team: 701-364-0431
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.
- Presentations and workshops
How to make an appointment
Please call 320-589-6060 to schedule an appointment between 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the preferred method is to call to schedule your appointment.
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.