The Student Health and Counseling Center provides educational and preventative outreach programming to the UAF community. This may include trainings on suicide prevention, recognizing signs and symptoms of students of concern and how to effectively refer, or workshops on a variety of mental health topics such as test anxiety, stress and coping, resilience and relationship issues, or by specific request. The Student Health and Counseling Center also provides consultation services for the UAF community. This may involve evaluating and supporting the intervention of UAF faculty and staff in managing difficult situations effectively (i.e., traumatic events, grief debriefing, etc.) with individuals of concern. Consultation is available to staff, faculty, and students by calling the Student Health and Counseling Center Associate Director, Stacey Schmitt at 907-474-7043 or visiting our "Let's Talk" locations below.
Outreach topics may include:
- Counseling services
- Stress and coping
- Time management
- College adjustment
- Intimate partner violence
The Student Health and Counseling Center provides mental health consultation to the UAF community in order to enhance the psychological well-being of the UAF community. Consultation with the UAF community involves evaluating situations and supporting the intervention of UAF faculty and staff to manage difficult situations effectively (i.e., traumatic events, grief debriefing, etc.) with individuals of concern. When providing consultation, Student Health and Counseling Center counselors are guided by confidentiality, privacy practices and federal HIPPA regulations. The goals of consultation are to improve the current and future functioning of the consultee and to enhance services to individuals of concern. SHCC staff are available to consult if you have any mental health questions or concerns regarding any individual. The UAF Police Department and the Office for Student Rights and Responsibilities also provide consultation services.
If there is an immediate concern for a student's safety or UAF community safety, please contact the UAF Police Department at 907-474-7721.
Reasons to consult with the Student Health and Counseling Center
- Notable change in academic performance, such as deteriorating class work, excessive procrastination, inability to concentrate, decrease in class attendance, disruptive behavior; papers with themes of distress, hopelessness, death, violence, etc.
- Distressed emails or voicemails
- Physical changes—especially sudden weight loss or gain, deteriorating personal hygiene, extreme fatigue lasting beyond a day or two
- Bizarre or strange behavior which is obviously out of place, e.g. talking to someone/thing that is not present (i.e., hallucinating or delusional, impaired speech, aggressive behavior) Please call UAF police department with immediate safety concerns at 907-474-7721
- Threats or acts of violence to self or others; increase in risk-taking behavior (Please call UAF Police Department for immediate safety concerns)
How to consult with the Student Health and Counseling Center
- If you have an urgent question or concern, call the Student Health and Counseling Center front office at 907-474-7043 and ask to speak with Associate Director, Stacey Schmitt.
- Please be aware that due to confidentiality we cannot disclose if a student is seeking services at the counseling center.
- Be prepared to inform us of the problem and clearly state your needs (e.g., "I received a distressed email and I need to know how to respond to the email…").
- Be prepared to answer questions we can gain pertinent information to effectively support you and the student of concern.
- Be prepared to collaborate with the Student Health and Counseling Center on the intervention plan; at times it is most effective for the student of concern to have you involved in the intervention with Student Health and Counseling Center support.
How to refer an individual to the Student Health and Counseling Center
If you have concerns for the student's immediate safety or the immediate safety of another on the UAF campus, contact UAF police department. Safety precedes treatment. Depending on the situation, you can help facilitate an appointment by:
- Having the student call the Student Health and Counseling Center in your presence and put the student on the phone to speak to the front office staff. Staff and faculty cannot make an appointment for a student.
- Encouraging the student to walk into the Student Health and Counseling Center to speak to a triage counselor in person or make an appointment.
- Calling Student Health and Counseling Center and asking to speak to the triage counselor to indicate that you are concerned about a student's well-being and that you will be walking them over to the Student Health and Counsling Center. You may then escort the student to the Student Health and Counseling Center.
- Counseling is available during and after business hours. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 907-474-7043 if you have any mental health questions or concerns regarding any student, staff, or faculty. We are open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30pm. If you need crisis assistance after hours, please call 907-474-7043 and follow the prompts to reach a crisis counselor.
"Let's Talk" FAQ"
"Let's Talk" is a program that provides easy access to informal consultations with therapists from the Student Health and Counseling Center. The Student Health and Counsling Center therapists hold walk-in hours at various locations around campus each month. There is no appointment or fee necessary. "Let's Talk" consultations typically last 10-15 minutes. For students, this does not count towards your session limit.
Therapists are available at a first-come, first-served basis; usually there is not much of a wait. The therapist will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for additional resources that may help you address your concerns. "Let's Talk" is open to students, staff and faculty. See the "Let's Talk" hours and locations below.
Therapists at the Student Health and Counsling Center provide ongoing face-to-face counseling appointments that typically last between 45-50 minutes at the Student Health and Counsling Center office. "Let's Talk" is not formal counseling. It is a drop-in service located at various sites across campus where you will receive an informal consultation of about 10-15 minutes to address concerns you may have. It also provides a great opportunity to get a feel for what counseling is like, which may sometimes lead students to pursue on-going services at the Student Health and Counseling Center.
"Let's Talk" may be beneficial to:
- Students who are not sure about ongoing counseling but would like the perspective from a consultation with a professional.
- Students who have a specific problem and would like to briefly discuss the issue.
- Students who have a concern about a friend and want some guidance and support about how to address the issue.
- Faculty or staff who want to consult with a professional about an individual of concern.
Absolutely. The therapist will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to address it. If you desire more time with a counselor, you can make an appointment for ongoing counseling at the Student Health and Counseling Center by calling 907-474-7043.
Since regular counseling visits are not available at "Let's Talk", following up with the referral is a good idea.
It's best to first contact your counselor directly to see if he or she can see you sooner because it is important to remain consistent with current treatment established between you and your therapist. However, here's what to do if you are in crisis.
The best thing to do in this situation is to talk directly with your therapist. They are eager to receive your feedback and a dialogue may allow the therapist an opportunity to address your concern. If you are uncomfortable talking to your therapist or have already discussed your concerns and still prefer to transfer, please contact us at 907-474-7043 for further assistance.
"Let's Talk" locations and times
|Sept 18||3 - 5 pm||MBS|
|Oct 15||1-3 pm||West Ridge|
|Nov 12||9-11 am||Wood Center|
|Jan 21||11 am -1 pm||ELIF (Java Joe's)|
|1-3pm||Rural Student Services|
|3-5pm||Student Support Services|