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Counseling & Psychological Services
211 Swingle Hall
Information for Parents
Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) is MSU’s resource for mental health and developmental needs. We provide free counseling, consultation, and informational seminars to benefit students and the MSU community. CPS and its training programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Counseling Services, and a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies.
Who We Are
The CPS staff is comprised of Master’s and Doctoral-level counselors and psychologists. Licensed by National and State agencies, CPS professionals are schooled in the fields of counseling and psychology from accredited training programs and have a special interest/expertise in college student development. CPS also hosts advanced graduate students earning their Master’s and Doctoral degrees who are supervised by licensed staff members.
Students can receive free counseling services at CPS provided they are enrolled in at least 6 credits. Students who have fewer than 6 credits can receive services if they have paid the Student Health Fee.
Free personal counseling is available for students on a variety of issues. Most students who utilize counseling discuss concerns related to anxiety, depression, relationships, past trauma, substance use, adjusting to college, academic/career choices, and identity. Couples counseling and group counseling is also available.
Because of the high demand for counseling services, we utilize a short- term counseling model that aims to resolve the student’s major concerns in about 10 sessions. Should students need additional services, they may be able to receive them at CPS, while at other times a referral to low-cost counseling in the community might be provided. Such decisions are based on the resources available at the time and the unique needs of the student.
Continuation of Counseling or Medication Referral/Management
Many new students have had prior counseling or take medication. Students have the option of continuing in counseling at CPS and having their medication managed at Student Health Services (SHS). SHS has physicians, nurse practitioners and a consulting psychiatrist who can help manage/maintain a student’s medication regimen.
Part of the mission of CPS is to help students successfully navigate their college experience by providing informational seminars. These seminars address academic skills, interpersonal development and physical/emotional health. We offer them throughout the semester and are often invited to classrooms and residence halls.
Students in Distress/Emergency Situations
CPS is available to students and MSU staff in emergency situations. There is a 24-hour on-call system where appropriate university staff can reach a CPS staff member at any time.
If you are worried about your student, you can receive consultation from a CPS staff member to discuss your concerns, learn how to be supportive, and discuss ways to encourage your student to seek help. While we don’t have the resources to “check in” on students who may be having difficulty, we will see students who come to our office in distress.
MSU students 18 years or older are legally considered adults and therefore granted the legal rights of adults. This includes the right to confidentiality
Services at CPS are confidential, and CPS staff are legally and ethically bound to maintain students’ confidentiality. This means that we cannot disclose whether or not a student is receiving services, details of their concerns, or what transpires in counseling to anyone, including parents. Such disclosures can only be made if the student grants written permission allowing us to do so.
In emergency or life-threatening crisis situations, confidentiality can be broken in order to protect the student. This can include university staff, community responders, or parents, depending on the nature of the situation and the needs of the student. In such cases, the information disclosed is limited only to what is necessary to protect the student and disclosed only to those who are best able to help. Efforts are made to help the student utilize all available resources, including parents and family.
Visit our Website
For a comprehensive list of services, procedures and seminars, visit our website at http://www.montana.edu/wwwcc