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Counseling & Psychological Services

Address:
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
715 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2301
Fax: 610-436-3114


Julie Perone, Ph.D.
JPerone@wcupa.edu

Emergency Response

Public Safety: 610-436-3311 for safety concerns
Counseling Services:
610-436-2301 for behavior or mental health concerns
Emergency Medical Services:
610-436-3311 (will link to 911)

Crisis Intervention (Exton) for community help: 610-918-2100
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255

Crisis Response

Crisis Text Line

Text START to 741-741

This is a free, crisis text line. A trained crisis counselor will receive the text and respond quickly. This service is not sponsored nor supported by the University; this is a free nationwide crisis text line for anyone to use. For additional information see http://www.crisistextline.org

 

Semester and Triage Hours

Students must walk in during Triage hours to begin counseling appointments.

The Counseling Center

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Tuesday-Wednesday Evenings: By Appointment Only; No walk-in hours from 4:00-6:00pm
  • Open when classes are in session
  • Any after-hours emergencies must go through Public Safety (610-436-3311)

Triage Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm (during Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • It is first-come/first-served, so allow enough time to complete computerized "paperwork" and then meet face-to-face with a psychologist for a brief assessment
  • There is no charge for a triage assessment or counseling with a psychologist at the Counseling Center

Announcements

The WCU Counseling Center joins with the world in expressing our grief and sorrow at the senseless tragedies that seem never-ending. In light of the oppression and violence domestically and abroad, the Counseling Center reaffirms our role as being a supportive resource for the campus community. The impact of such violence and oppression may be immediate for some. Talking about the events, turning to religious or familial communities for support, and acknowledging feelings may help to reduce the negative emotional impact of violence. Others might find that they need more professional help, so please utilize the resources that are available to you.. WCU's Counseling Center services are available to currently enrolled WCU students. Summer hours are: Monday through Thursday from 8am until 4pm. Please call to check on availability (610-436-2301). For those in the community, please call Crisis Intervention at 610-918-2100 for immediate help.

The following lilnks provide tips and suggestions on coping in the face of tragedy, especially for our brothers and sisters of color. The Counseling Center offers them as resources for all, as they have been shared publicly.

Self-Care for people of color after emotional and psychological trauma: http://justjasmineblog.com/self-care-for-people-of-color-after-emotional-and-psychological-trauma/

101 Ways to Take Care of Yourself when the World Feels Overwhelming: http://www.upworthy.com/101-self-care-suggestions-for-when-it-all-feels-like-too-much?c=ufb2

Racial Trauma: https://www.wheelock.edu/Documents/About/racialtraumaisrealManuscript.pdf

Psychological Toll of Racism: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/magazine/racisms-psychological-toll.html

Psychological Impact of Traumatic News: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/07/02/419462959/coping-while-black-a-season-of-traumatic-news-takes-a-psychological-toll

Impact of Racial Trauma on African Americans: http://www.heinz.org/userfiles/impactofracialtraumaonafricanamericans.pdf

Advice for White Individuals Following a Shooting of a Black Individual: http://www.justinccohen.com/blog/2016/7/6/advice-for-white-folks-in-the-wake-of-the-police-murder-of-a-black-person

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism: http://citizenshipandsocialjustice.com/2015/07/10/curriculum-for-white-americans-to-educate-themselves-on-race-and-racism/

How White People can be Allies: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/08/ferguson_how_white_people_can_be_allies/

Teaching and Discussion resources about Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, Racism: http://www.div17.org/resources/ferguson-mo-michael-brown-decision-resources/

Teaching about Ferguson, Do’s and Don’ts: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/09/teaching_about_ferguson_do_s_and_don_ts/

 

 

Therapy Dog Tucker

The Counseling Center is sad to announce that Tucker left this world on May 10, 2016. There are not enough words to thank him and Don for the years they visited the WCU campus to bring joy and healing hugs to so many. These photos are just a few that capture the agility, grace, love and devotion of such a great dog – a friend and true companion to Don. Thank you for sharing his life and spirit with us!

Rest in peace, Tucker.

New to the Counseling Center? To start the process, walk in during Triage Hours. Yes, there is paperwork to complete -- then meet with a psychologist. After that, you and the clinician will discuss the best course of action to take to meet your needs!

DOG THERAPY OUTREACH
Sykes Student Union

Upcoming Dog Therapy dates -- as soon as we have this finalized for Fall Semester, we will post it here!


Missing your furry little friends at home? Visit them on Twitter @WCUDogTherapy..

NAVIGATING RELATIONSHIP GROUPS
  • Groups for Fall 2016 are now listed. Please go to Counseling Services -- Group Counseling for details.

 

 

 

COPING
In light of the 2015 tragedies in Paris and Colorado, we realize that acts of massive violence are hard to understand and grasp. It is more widespread and you may feel afraid and traumatized just looking at the media coverage. The shootings may challenge your sense of safety, equilibrium, and hope for the future. For some, it will trigger memories and feelings that are difficult to process. These occurrences do elicit many different emotions, such as shock, sorrow, numbness, fear, and anger. You may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and continuing with your coursework.


Here are some tips on managing your emotions and recovering your sense of balance:

  • Talk about it and ask for support from friends, faculty, and staff.
  • Be sensitive to your colleague’s feelings and reactions along with your own emotions.
  • Turn off the social media. Give your brain a chance to recuperate and decrease your stress.
  • Take care of yourself, exercise, eat normally and try to sleep.
  • Use the LiveSafe app to report any unusual activity.
  • If you feel unsafe, be around friends, have someone walk with you across campus and connect with others. Usually these tips are helpful during the crisis.

  • For more information on how to cope and deepen your resilience, the following are good resources:
  • Counseling Services

    • Individual Counseling
    • Group Counseling
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Psychiatric Services
    • Consultation
    • Outreach
    • Alcohol Awareness Education
    • Drug and Alcohol Counseling

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