All counselors at University Counseling Services (UCS) have received extensive training in therapeutic work and are professionally dedicated to working with university students. Each member of our staff is a licensed mental health professional in the state of Missouri (or is eligible for and actively working towards licensure in Missouri).
All students who are in need of mental health support are encouraged to attend a meeting with UCS staff so that we can assess their needs with them and help them identify the best services for their needs. It is likely that UCS staff will be able to help the majority of students with mental health related concerns.
Through our bi-weekly, goal-directed therapy our Master’s level generalists are able to help students with a broad range of concerns. For clarity we have listed examples of types of concerns we commonly see and for which we are able to provide care, as well as examples of concerns that may require support and assistance that exceeds our ability to provide direct care. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, so if a student is struggling with a concern that is not identified below, we welcome the opportunity to meet with them to discuss how UCS can best support their needs.
Concerns for which care is offered
(includes but is not limited to):
- Sexual Assault and the emotional aftermath
- Panic Attacks
- Self-Harming Behaviors
- Suicidal Thoughts and/or Ideation
- Sleep Disturbances
- Adjustment Concerns
- Roommate Concerns
- Disordered Eating
- Drug/Alcohol Misuse
- Uncontrollable Mood Swings
- Obsessive/Compulsive Thoughts or Behaviors
- Attention/Concentration Difficulties
- Identity/Orientation Transitions
- Family Origin Concerns
- Concerns related to “Otherness”, or the lack of a sense of belonging
- Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms
- Motivation Problems
- Academic Concerns and/or Test Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
Concerns that may lead to referral or exceed our scope of care/expertise include:
- Longstanding history of serious maladaptive behaviors which hinder effective work in sessions
- Active psychotic symptoms requiring intensive treatment for stabilization
- Multiple psychiatric hospitalizations without successful stabilization of symptoms
- Intentional Suicidal gestures or attempts without ability/willingness to coordinate plans of safety with counselor
- Chronic or significant eating disorders requiring
- Residential treatment; or
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Chronic or significant substance abuse
- Requiring residential treatment;
- Requiring detox or hospitalization; or
- Symptoms posing medical danger
- Excessive or severe self-injurious behaviors
- Conditions requiring more intensive or extensive care than UCS resources permit
- Conditions exceeding the clinical expertise of UCS staff
Additional circumstances in which students may be denied services:
- Demonstrating a serious lack of motivation to change or engagement with treatment
- Receiving simultaneous treatment with another provider and
- Not ending that treatment, or
- Being unwilling to sign releases allowing coordination of care
- Engaging in inappropriate, harassing, menacing, threatening or violent behaviors toward UCS staff or visitors
UCS does not provide advice related to legal conflicts with Truman State University. In addition, UCS does not provide documentation related to:
- Disability related accommodations from the University’s Office of Student Access & Disability Services
- Requests for emotional support animals, either for University-owned housing or for off-campus housing
- Academic appeals and/or medical withdrawal unless an existing relationship has been in place
- Court mandated treatment
- Child Custody/Parenting/Adoption
- Excuse or clearance for employment
- Excuse or clearance to be excused from attending classes
- Disability Claims
- Employment and/or Military fitness
- Fitness to participate in Study Abroad experience
UCS offers care, services and support through individual and/or group counseling. In addition UCS works to offer a variety a preventative treatment options for the Truman student body including workshops focused on managing depression, managing anxiety, and building resilience.
Comprehensive mental health care is available in the region (Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City, Des Moines, etc.), however local resources are minimal. The Student Health Center and Truman’s contracted psychiatric nurse practitioner can support most students in managing their medication needs.
To assist students who may need to seek treatment outside of the university for the remainder of the current semester (and up to two full semesters) Truman offers a leave of absence, which will streamline the return to campus following leave, and preserve any institutional aid for which the student is otherwise eligible. Information regarding the Leave of Absence policy is available through TruView under the Registration tab.
Students presenting with mental health conditions that require the treatment of specialists, involve multiple or complicated diagnoses, and/or exhibit symptoms that aren’t well controlled by medication, may not find the expertise or availability of services they need at Truman or in the Kirksville community. In these cases, we suggest students initiate and/or maintain contact with healthcare professionals in larger metropolitan areas where a wide variety of specialists and services may be available. UCS maintains a local referral guide and can assist students in finding appropriate services in more distant areas.
For clarification, or additional information regarding scope of services, please contact UCS via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 660-785-4014.