Scope of Clinical Care

Counseling Services strives to facilitate the development of Elon University students by providing psychological interventions to promote the holistic well-being of Elon University students. Counseling Services has three essential roles for advancing the educational mission of Elon University:

  1. Providing clinical services that help students achieve their academic and personal goals.
  2. Educating the campus community about the psychological and developmental needs of students through community level interventions, including outreach programming and consultation.
  3. Responding to the psychological effects of crisis impacting individual students and the campus community.

The primary goal of the center’s clinical services is to provide students with appropriate mental health care and assist with personal development. Counseling Services utilizes a brief therapy model, which is focused on helping students to effectively meet a desired change or goal. Clinical services include initial intake assessments, individual counseling, group counseling, psycho-educational programs, and referral to community resources where appropriate.

Counseling Services encourages students to schedule an initial intake appointment to determine the best response to their needs. All students who are eligible for services may receive an initial intake assessment to determine the specific needs of the student and how best to meet those needs. The decision about whether or not the needs of the student fall within the scope of clinical care of Counseling Services will be made after an initial intake meeting with a counselor or, if needed, after consultation with staff counselors and/or the director. The professional judgment of Counseling Services mental health providers will govern the determination in a particular case.

Students with the following concerns and characteristics will likely need a different type or level of care than what is within the role and scope of Elon’s Counseling Services. The list below reflects general guidelines and is intended only as a guide.

  • Students who appear to need long term treatment beyond the scope of our services.  Reasons may include:
    • Students consistently needing services more than once per week and/or frequent consultation after hours that cannot be stabilized with short term crisis intervention
    • Students with active eating disorders requiring extensive medical monitoring
    • Students with concerns which a brief therapy model of treatment will not appropriately address
  • Students who need services other than what is offered at the Counseling Services. Reasons may include:
    • Students needing intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment
    • Students needing medical detoxification and/or medical stabilization
    • Students seeking on-going mandated treatment
    • Students seeking comprehensive assessments (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD)
    • Students seeking psychological assessments or evaluations for selection, performance prediction or forensic purposes (e.g., for professional school application, employment security assessment, litigation or legal adjudications)
  • Students who need services beyond the clinical expertise of Counseling Services staff
  • Students who are unable to comply with treatment
  • Students who are already receiving ongoing therapy with another mental health provider
  • Students seeking therapy for the sole purpose of obtaining documentation for another office