The Wellness Center offers counseling and psychiatric services to all current Dickinson students regardless of insurance. Services include, but are not limited to individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, alcohol and drug counseling, psychiatric medication management, consultation, prevention programming and educational workshops.

Crisis Walk In Hours (For urgent and emergent needs)

Monday - Friday
11 a.m. - noon
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
(No appointment needed)

Our same-day crisis services are designed to assist students who are confronting life-threatening circumstances, current or recent traumatic crises, and serious mental illness.  A counselor is available to meet with students in crisis when not being seen immediately could lead to serious consequences or seriously aggravate their existing condition. The reason it is limited to these circumstances is that another student’s counseling visit may need to be interrupted to provide you with crisis services.  Students can also utilize the My Student Support Program (My SSP) 24/7 by downloading the app or visiting https://myssp.app/ca/home

24/7 Call and Chat Service

The Wellness Center is expanding to ensure all students have access to a counselor any time of day, from anywhere in the world.

The Wellness Center Call and Chat servicet offers simple access to connect with a mental health clinician about anything. All services are confidential and free of charge for Dickinson students.

What languages are available?

Call and chat services are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean and Spanish.

The app is ADA compliant, and TTY accessible.

How do I get started?

The Wellness Center has partnered with MySSP to offer this confidential service.  Students can access services through any of the following pathways:

When you first log on, look for Dickinson College under “search for your school.” You’ll be asked to fill in your name, preferred language and basic informed consent for this service.  Once complete, your home screen will offer Call and Chat, scheduling functions for a telehealth appointment, mental health articles and mental health screening tools.

Counseling Services and MySSP are connected in an intentional, ongoing way to ensure Dickinson students have streamlined and coordinated services.

 

APPOINTMENT-BASED SERVICES

If you are interested in getting started, please come into the Wellness Center (1st floor) during our business hours to schedule an appointment.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Initial Consultation

Students interested in counseling services first meet with a counselor for an individualized consultation appointment. During the consultation, counselors ask students questions about their reasons for seeking assistance, their history, and their goals for counseling. Counselors then discuss the options for treatment with students and a plan is formed. Treatment options may include services at the Wellness Center, referrals to other campus resources, or referrals to providers in the community if the kind of services needed by the student are not offered on campus.

Individual Therapy

The Wellness Center offers short-term individual psychotherapy to Dickinson students. Students often seek assistance for a variety of concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, disordered eating, adjustment to college, and sexual assault. The frequency of sessions and length of treatment varies for each student, but is closely tied to the goals for treatment. Most students receiving individual counseling are seen every other week; however, arrangements to be seen more or less frequently can sometimes be made.

Psychiatric Services

The Wellness Center offers psychiatric services to all Dickinson students during the fall and spring semesters for those currently on or considering starting psychiatric medications. To schedule an appointment with the psychiatrist, students must first see a counselor for an initial screening and be in regular therapy or case management sessions with a counselor at the Wellness Center. The counselor will refer the student for psychiatric services.

Substance Use Services

The Wellness Center offers substance use evaluations, group sessions, and individual counseling sessions for students interested in identifying the role that substances are currently playing in their life or why their use of a particular substance has recently increased. Additionally, students are also seen for mandated substance use assessments as part of conduct sanctions received through the College or following hospitalizations for alcohol intoxication.

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Group Counseling Options

The Wellness Center offers a variety of group counseling options. These include wellness workshops, support groups, structured treatment groups, and process-oriented treatment groups. Groups change each semester in response to student needs and expressed interests. Current offerings are listed below. 

Fall 2022 Counseling and Psychiatric Services Groups

Note: Clinical Groups Require a Clinical Screening to Determine Appropriateness 

Please call the Wellness Center to schedule a group screening if you are interested in joining a Clinical Group

ACOA Group: A Group for Students Impacted by the Substance Abuse of Others   

Mondays 12:30-1:30 PM  

This group is for individuals that have been negatively impacted by growing up in an alcoholic and/or drug addicted family environment. Topics often discussed include understanding the impact of these family patterns, learning how to recognize and develop healthy relationships, and addressing negative beliefs about oneself.  

Theo Nugin and Missy Stine 

Clinical, Closed (in-person at the Wellness Center)  


Alleviating Anxiety and Panic Workshop  

This is a 50-minute drop-in group workshop which covers the signs and symptoms of anxiety, the difference between worry and anxiety, and the impact of anxiety and panic. The session is full of many different evidence-based ways to alleviate anxiety, as well as tips for overcoming Panic Attacks. This is a psychoeducational workshop. 

Mondays at 12:30-1:30 on 9/12, 10/10, 11/14  

Fridays at 1-2 on 9/16, 10/14, and 11/11 

Nicole Lavertue  

Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center 

 


Building Balance: Skills for Managing Mood and Improving Well-being  

Mondays (3-4 pm) and Fridays (3-4 pm), in person at the Wellness Center 

(start date to be announced) 

This is a 4-week skills-based group for students who want to improve their ability to manage their mood, increase their ability to tolerate distress, learn ways to cope with stressors, improve their self-care, and learn skills to improve interpersonal relationships. Each session builds on the skills learned the week before, so attendance at all 4 sessions is requested. The 4-week course is packed with empirically supported ways to improve one’s overall well-being and manage distress. Registration and referral from CAPS is required. Participants are invited to share within the group at a level that is comfortable to them, however, the group is psychoeducational/skills instruction format, rather than process oriented.   

Nicole Lavertue  

Clinical, Closed, Registration and screening required.  


Chronic Medical Illness Support Group

The Wellness Center will be hosting a twice monthly “lunch and learn” support group for students with chronic medical illnesses. This is a “drop-in” style group, meaning there is no commitment, and you are welcome to attend any or all sessions. 

This group might be for you if:

  • You have been diagnosed with a chronic illness.
  • You would like a space for support and to build community among other students with chronic medical conditions.
  • Your chronic illness impacts your quality of life, academics, social connections, and/or self-esteem.
  • You’d like to learn more about health management strategies, coping skills, and taking ownership over your health.

The group will take place on the following Thursdays from 12-1pm in Althouse 07. Bring your own lunch to enjoy during the discussion.

Week #1/October 6: Adjusting to campus and facilitating wellness

Week #2/October 20: Tips and tricks to foster success in both health and academics

Week #3/November 3: Self-advocacy and self-care

Week #4/November 17: The balancing act

RSVP on EngageD, or just drop in!

If you are interested in learning more, or if you have any questions, please reach out to the group facilitators:

Ashley Lebo, staff nurse practitioner: 717-245-1663 or lebocat@dickinson.edu

Carrie Bowerman, staff counselor: 717-245-1663 or bowermac@dickinson.edu


Deep Breathing and Relaxation Workshop with Dr. Megan Nesbitt 

Feeling anxious and struggling to focus, relax or feel calm? Has it been increasingly difficult to worry thoughts and be present? This group will meet weekly to engage in body-mind techniques for lowering anxiety and combatting stress. Each meeting will begin with deep breathing and then focus on a relaxation exercise, a guided visualization, or an awareness technique. Beginners and drop ins welcome.  

Thursdays at 3:30 PM, beginning 9/8 
Meetings will be in person at the Wellness Center. 

Non-clinical, drop-in 


Dialing Down Depression  

This is a 50-min drop-in group workshop which covers the signs and symptoms of depression, as well as the impact of depression on oneself and in relationships. The majority of the time in session is devoted to learning evidence-based skills to help reduce depression, as well as improve mood, interpersonal connection, and promote healthier thinking. This is a psychoeducational workshop.  

Mondays at 12:30-1:30 on 9/19, 10/24, and 11/21 

Fridays 1-2 on 9/23, 10/21, and 11/18 

Nicole Lavertue  

Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center 

 


Getting Through It 

Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm 

This workshop provides participants with a basic understanding of what trauma is and focuses on a variety of topics all surrounding/focused on understanding traumatic events how we respond to them, and the path to recovery from these experiences. Examples of topics include...Safe and Inclusive spaces, healthy relationships, and The Neurobiology of trauma.  

Theo Nugin 

Non-clinical workshop; open; in-person at the Wellness Center 


Interpersonal Process Group  

Tuesdays 12-1:15 PM  

Wednesdays 3:30-4:45 PM 

This group provides students with a safe environment where they can increase their understanding of themselves, explore how they relate to others, and try new ways to interact with peers.  

Megan Nesbitt & Rebecca Shoemaker 

Clinical, closed (in-person at the Wellness Center) 

 


Managing Stress Workshop  

This is a 50-minute drop in psychoeducational group workshop, discussing signs and symptoms of stress, as well as how stress impacts our lives and our bodies. Much of the session is spent learning many different skills or strategies that are proven to reduce stress and improve overall functioning 

Mondays at 12:30-1:30 on 9/5, 10/3/, 11/7 and 12/5 

Fridays 1-2 on 9/9, 10/7, 11/4, and 12/9 

Nicole Lavertue  

Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center 


Understanding and Setting Healthy Boundaries  

Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm starting 9/12   

Do you tend to have a hard time saying “no” to friends, even when it puts you in an unhealthy situation?  Are you often tired, mentally drained, or just physically worn out because you put the needs of others first? 

This workshop series is designed to help students explore what makes setting boundaries with others difficult, as well as learn and practice a range of skills to help stay mentally and physically healthy in relationships.  Each week, the workshop will tackle a different topic, provide students with exercises they can practice on their own, and create space to ask questions about how to effectively communicate their needs, values, and yes, boundaries, with others.  

Rebecca Shoemaker and Lindsay Mintz 

Non-clinical workshop; Open; in-person at the Wellness Center 


Upgrade Your Well-Being  

This is a 50-minute drop-in psychoeducational workshop which focuses on improving your overall well-being. The goal of the workshop is to increase your coping strengths and add tools to your toolbox, so you can enhance your overall well-being. 

Mondays at 12:30-1:30 on 9/26, 10/31, and 11/28 

Fridays at 1-2 on 9/30, 10/28, and 12/2 

Nicole Lavertue  

Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center