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Counseling Service Statement on Racism and Oppression

This year has raised the national awareness about the brutal treatment and violence directed toward black people in the United States. This summer’s events have also, once again, highlighted the racial inequities and cultural injustice in America. Counseling Service staff are committed to supporting black students, other students of color, and their allies related to the stresses of these times, and to creating a more just, equitable world. If you are seeking support, please see below for current Counseling Services availability. 

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LEWIS & CLARK COUNSELING SERVICES FALL 2020

Monday-Friday 8:30am - noon and 1:00-4:30pm

We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all LC students—undergraduate, law and graduate (GSEC). Counseling Services staff are providing telemental health and telepsychiatry services through secure Zoom for Healthcare video conferencing. Students may request to schedule phone appointments with our providers if preferred.

Call 503-768-7160 or email counsel@lclark.edu to schedule an appointment.

We are not able to accommodate walk-ins at this time.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH COUNSELING?

Students interested in counseling services are encouraged to call or email first (503-768-7160 or counsel@lclark.edu) to schedule an initial assessment with a counselor. LC counselors will meet with students to determine appropriate next steps for care which may include: referral to another LC support resource, a follow up appointment with Counseling Services, placement on a Counseling Services assignment list for ongoing counseling, and/or referral to off-campus resources.

Our staff will ask your location when we speak to you via telemental health (video or phone). Professional licensure is issued by the state of Oregon, and restricts our practice to individuals located within the state at the time of contact. We are happy to speak with students residing outside of Oregon to assist with referrals in your area.

Helpful information about seeking off campus referral, regardless of location, is also available here: Support For Off-Campus Referral - Case Management - Lewis & Clark

WHAT IF I’M HAVING AN EMERGENCY?

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and worry for the safety of yourself or another person, please seek immediate Crisis Support. Contact our Crisis Counseling Service at 503-265-7804, Multnomah County Crisis Line at 503-988-4888, or the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741).

If you need in-person evaluation, Unity Center for Behavioral Health - Portland Oregon (1225 NE 2nd Ave) has a mental health emergency room.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call Campus Safety at 503-768-7777 or call 911 for assistance.

If you are in distress or crisis and need to speak with a counselor soon, yet feel able to schedule an urgent appointment for later the same or on the next day, call LC Counseling Services during our hours of operation (Monday-Friday 8:30 am-noon and 1:00-4:30 PM). If you need an appointment urgently, please let us know. If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message with your name and a phone number where we can reach you. We will return your call as soon as possible to arrange an urgent telemental health session. Note that Counseling Service staff may call from a “blocked” or “unavailable” phone number.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ANY PRIVACY?

It is helpful to have a private, secure space to have your Tele-Mental Health appointment. If this poses a difficulty for you please call us to request use of the “Zoom Room”. Please call in advance, space is limited and may not be available.

Thank you for your patience!

We look forward to returning to in-person care in the future.

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See also our “Support in the time of COVID-19” resource page.

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At one time or another, students may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family, or relationships. Counseling Service staff are available to help students cope with these and other stressors. About 15% of Lewis & Clark students (25% of undergraduates) visit the Counseling Service each year. We offer primarily short-term individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as crisis counseling and some psychiatry services. Our staff consists of licensed mental health clinicians and doctoral practicum clinicians who are supervised by our licensed staff.  Follow this link for more information about accessing services.  

Statement of our commitment to diversity and inclusion:  We in the counseling service are committed to providing a safe environment for all by recognizing the unique identities of our diverse Lewis & Clark community. It is part of our professional ethics and personal values to promote inclusion and to be aware of the impact of privilege, prejudice, marginalization, and discrimination in the lives of individuals. We strive to create an atmosphere where we foster dialogue and promote actions that respect and honor all persons. We believe that sharing and supporting varying perspectives facilitates connection, health, and wellness.

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  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service offers support around sexual orientation and gender identity.</p></div>
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