Welcome to Dickinson's Wellness Center

The Wellness Center provides integrated healthcare to Dickinson College students in service to the individual and college community needs. In order to foster student wellbeing, services are aimed at the prevention and treatment of illness, as well as the maintenance and promotion of health. These student-centered services are provided in ways that recognize, respect, and value the diversity of the student body toward an end goal of enhancing the wellbeing of every student.

WHAT WE OFFER

For general information, call (717)245-1663 or email studentwellness@dickinson.edu

For Help Now

If you need help now, visit Emergency Resources

ULifeline screening is an online resource for college mental health.

Covid-19 Vaccine Providers

If you are looking for information about how to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, please check your eligibility at the PA Department of Health, and see our Carlisle Area Resources page for local providers.

The Wellness Center's Commitment to Anti-Racism

The Wellness Center stands with the Dickinson Community against racism in all of its forms and shares the College's commitment to promoting racial justice and equity. The death of George Floyd and the ensuing trial of Derek Chauvin have only heightened the importance of this work within ourselves and in our communities. We are aware of the disproportionate impact that experiences of racial discrimination and violence have on the physical and mental health of many of our Black students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of other marginalized groups in the Dickinson Community. We are committed to listening and learning to better understand these experiences. We recognize that heath, mental health, and education systems are among the many systems which have perpetuated systemic racism. As members of these systems, and as professionals who hold power, we are committed to challenging elements of racism within ourselves and our communities. We will continue to engage in training and education to examine our own inherent biases so that we can better support the health and well-being of all Dickinson students. We will also continue working with our colleagues at Dickinson to promote systemic change, and we welcome dialogue with all students, faculty, and staff to this end. We hope that Dickinson students who are impacted by systemic racism will view the Wellness Center as a resource and a partner to help them cope with racial trauma, support one another, and foster health and well-being.

For additional information, please contact the Wellness Center at 717-245-1663 and see our online wellness resource pages, which include information on the impact of racism on physical and mental health here.

Contact Info

Department Head

Donald Domenici, Ph.D.Executive Director

Staff

Beth GrahamAdministrative Manager

Phone

717-245-1663

Fax

717-245-1938

Location

Kline Annex Mailing Address

The Wellness Center Hours of Operation

SPRING 2021 UPDATE

The Wellness Center will be open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm throughout the Spring 2021 semester.


Spring Update

Students who are currently studying and/or living on-campus should call 717-245-1663 to schedule appointments (rather than coming physically to the Wellness Center). The Wellness Center will offer Health Services, Counseling & Psychiatric Services, and Nutrition Services appointments to students who are on-campus. These appointments will be conducted virtually whenever possible (with in-person appointments only being offered when virtual appointments are not clinically appropriate).

In addition, the following services are available to all Dickinson students this semester:

  • Consultation with Counseling, Health, or Nutrition Services staff via phone or video conferencing
    • These appointments will consist of discussing concerns with our staff and reviewing available treatment options/other recommendations.
    • Open Hours will be available for students who require same day consultation with a counselor between the hours of 11am-noon and 2pm-3pm.
    • Testing Tuesdays will be available for students who require STI testing or consultation about how to find STI testing at home (call 11am-1pm on Tuesdays for a same day consultation, or any weekday for a scheduled consultation).
  • Virtual support/discussion/skills groups and workshops (please see our CAPS page for details)

For students who are not currently studying on campus and are residing in the state of Pennsylvania, the following services are also available:

  • Assistance with identifying and/or connecting with appropriate treatment providers and/or other relevant resources in your area. 
    • If working with a provider in your area is possible, this will likely be the best option for treatment, as a local provider will have a better awareness of other clinical services and emergency resources in your area. A local provider may also have the option to see you in-person if this is necessary.
  • If it is not possible to access a treatment provider off-campus and remote services are clinically appropriate, virtual Health Services, Counseling & Psychiatric Services, and Nutrition Services appointments will be offered.

For students who are not currently studying on campus and are residing outside the state of Pennsylvania, the following services are also available:

  • Assistance with identifying and/or connecting with appropriate treatment providers and/or other relevant resources in your area.
    • If working with a provider in your area is possible, this will likely be the best option for treatment, as a local provider will have a better awareness of other clinical services and emergency resources in your area, as well as relevant state laws. A local provider may also have the option to see you in-person if this is necessary.
  • If it is not possible to access a treatment provider in your area and remote services are clinically appropriate, virtual counseling and nutrition appointments will be offered in some cases.
    • Requests for virtual appointments will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will only be offered if relevant staff members are permitted to provide remote services in your current state of residence.
    • Please note that we are unable to provide any Health Services appointments or prescriptions to students outside the state of Pennsylvania.

Please call 717-245-1663 to schedule an appointment or if you have questions about any of the services listed above. Additional information about our policies and procedures for the Spring 2021 semester can be found here.

Additional online resources for COVID-19 can also be found here.


Open Hours

Open Hours appointments are available for students who require same day consultation with a counselor, and can be accessed between the hours of 11am-noon and 2pm-3pm on weekdays. During Open Hours, students can virtually consult with a mental health professional on a first-come, first-served basis. Visits typically last 15-20 minutes and provide students with an opportunity to discuss immediate concerns and collaboratively identify solutions and receive recommendations for managing these concerns. The counselor will then make a plan with the student for any follow up services if needed.

Open Hours are available to students who are on or off campus. However, if you are experiencing a mental health emergency off-campus and are concerned about your immediate safety, please call 911, your local mental health crisis center, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will connect you with the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network.

To access Open Hours, students should call the Wellness Center and ask to speak to the next available counselor.

Emergency Care

If you are on-campus and have a physical or mental health emergency that cannot wait until our office reopens, contact DPS (717) 245-1111 and an officer will assist you with accessing care. If you are off-campus and experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

Any student who needs urgent health advice for a non-emergency during the time we are closed that cannot wait until we reopen should call our after-hours phone triage service toll-free at (877) 229-4183.  Please Note:  The Wellness Center will receive a report of your call as your healthcare provider on the next business day. Wellness Center appointments cannot be cancelled utilizing this service.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Dickinson College Wellness Center complies with the College’s Non-Discrimination Policy and laws prohibiting discrimination. The Wellness Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other protected class.