Therapy is provided for individuals, as well as with a romantic partner, roommate, or a family member, when appropriate. Brief counseling may be given to students with concerns related to roommates or friends.
Group therapy with a small number of women is also available. Groups tend to be organized around specific topics, as well as needs expressed by the college community.
Focused intervention and the prevention of major mental health problems are the emphases of individual and group treatment.
Cost of Services
All counseling and disability services are free for Spelman students. To receive non emergency services, students must present their Spelman Student ID and student health insurance card, during their initial visit to the office. Students may use their student health insurance for emergency hospitalization and other non-Spelman medical services.
Spelman adheres to strict rules of confidentiality and HIPPA regulations. The exception to this would be in situations where mandated by law. Counseling records are not available to faculty, administrators, parents, or any other party without prior written consent of the student.
The office serves as a starting point for students seeking counseling, guidance or assistance with disability concerns. The office provides the initial assessment and screening, with recommendations for treatment, which may include external referrals. If a private therapist or practitioner is preferred, students with Spelman insurance will need a referral from the counseling center. All students should check their insurance policy coverage when seeking external community resources.
Workshops, forums, classroom and dorm presentations are available on a variety of topics. These include: stress management, grief, gender issues, male/female relationships, sexual assault, alcohol, and other drug use. Other topics can also be considered.
On request, counseling staff members provide consultation service to with student organizations and faculty/staff. These services include psycho-educational / training sessions, as well as the provision of on-to-one assistance in reaching out to persons experiencing emotional distress, and are in dire need of supportive services.