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Counseling Service Statement on Racism & Recent Events, June 2020 

The events of recent weeks have 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. We have a telemental health counselor available this summer for summer session students residing in Oregon, as well as all individuals residing on campus. Students can also text STEVE to 741741 at any time to reach a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor. This educational article—Self-Care Tips For Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week (Vice)—may also be helpful to black students and others in coping with current events.

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COVID-19 Update, June 16, 2020:

The Counseling Service will be open on Tuesday through Thursday each week for most of the summer.  The exceptions are Thursday, June 18, Tuesday and Thursday, July 2.  Counseling appointments are available via telemental health on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, via a secure video platform. Our staff are providing services to students residing in Oregon. We can also assist summer session students residing in other states in providing a telemental health provider.  (Licensing restrictions currently prohibit us from providing ongoing telemental health services to students in some states.)

If you need to reach someone in the Counseling Service, please e-mail us at counsel@lclark.edu, or call 503-768-7160.  We will respond on days we are open. Please note that Counseling staff who are returning calls will generally call from a phone number that does not display on the recipient’s phone. Anytime that Counseling staff are unavailable, students can access our Crisis Counseling Service at 503-265-7804.  Interested in telemental health services from a provider off-campus? Check out the telemental health resources on the Case Management webpage

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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> If you want to find off-campus mental health providers, the Counseling Service or Case Management office can provide you with referrals.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service provides confidential individual and couples counseling.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Have you experienced a loss? The Counseling Service can help during your time of grief.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Support groups are often run out of the Counseling Service. Call us to find out more.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Panic attacks are common amongst college students. The Counseling Service can help you manage these.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service can assist students with academic concerns.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> More than 20% of our undergraduate students visit the Counseling Service each year.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Did you know the Counseling Service can help you with stress management or sleep problems?</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Law, Grad and Undergraduate students can all access services at the Counseling Service.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Do you or do you know someone who may have an eating disorder or body image issues? The Counseling Service can help.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The most common issues that students talk about in counseling sessions are relationship problems, anxiety, and depression.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service offers support around sexual orientation and gender identity.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call the Counseling Service.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service can help you with family concerns or issues.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> It’s not uncommon for students to feel lonely or feel like they have low self-esteem. The Counseling Service can provide tips to improve these feelings.</p></div>

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