Personal Counseling Center
3-13-2020: COVID-19 Update – Availability of Counseling Services During Remote Teaching
Counselors in the PCC remain available to consult and assist with referrals with students and offer support during this time. State laws and professional standards regulate the nature of services that can be provided by telehealth or across state lines. However, students may call and talk to a counselor regarding the best way to obtain or continue services in your local area – 401-865-2343.
If you are a student who was receiving care at the PCC before break, your counselor will contact you by phone in the next week or two, pending when your next appointment was, to provide further information. The PCC, along with other campus offices, are suspending in-person meetings until further notice.
Students who had scheduled follow up psychiatry appointments this week – Your psychiatrist will be reaching out to you by phone on Wednesday, March 18th. All first-time psychiatry appointments/assessments are cancelled.
In the event of an urgent or emergency situation, students should access their local emergency services, including calling 911. Other resources include:
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1- 800-273-8255
Please continue to check this website for updates on finding referrals in your community as well as other resources in the upcoming days.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Psychological Resources
- News reports about COVID-19, together with speculation that it could become more widespread, can, understandably, make people anxious. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety and put news reports in perspective.
- Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an expert on public perception of risk, joins APA’s podcast, Speaking of Psychology, to explain why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety, and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety, published by Shine
- Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety, published by Harvard Medical School
- 7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety, published by a cognitive behavioral psychologist at Georgetown University
The Providence College Personal Counseling Center
The college years are exciting and challenging. At times the demands can be complicated and daunting. The Personal Counseling Center is a place where students can expect professional assistance with emotional and psycho-social concerns. Anxiety, confusion, depression, and anger are among the many psychological obstacles to well-being, and often diminish potential and achievement. Asking for help during vulnerable times is a sign of strength. A counselor can give feedback, encourage further questioning, validate self-awareness and responsibility, and support students until self confidence is secure again.
Full time undergraduate students are eligible for all services of the Personal Counseling Center. Counseling services are provided to all full time undergraduate students free of charge. Part time undergraduates, School of Continuing Education students and graduate students are eligible for consultation and referral when appropriate.
All services are confidential within the limits of the law and professional ethics.
The Personal Counseling Center supports the mission of the Providence College Community by contributing to the personal development of undergraduate students. The professional counseling staff provides a program of high quality individual and group counseling services, developmental and preventative programming, as well as, supportive and consultative services for the faculty and administration.
The Personal Counseling Center contributes to the college’s effort to maintain a safe and academically conducive environment by providing crisis management services for students and emergency consultation to the college administration, faculty, and staff. All of the professional functions of the Personal Counseling Center enhance the potential success of students in the academic and social environment of the College as well as in the personal and developmental aspects of their lives.