Scope of Services

At PACS we dedicate ourselves to providing students with support and education for their personal and academic success through a variety of services. Our confidential services are designed to help students who are enrolled in full-time study achieve their goals. PACS utilizes a brief, solution-focused counseling model. Students may be seen weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or in other mutually agreed upon patterns. No student will be turned away during a crisis. Those students who need longer term services are offered referrals to other university and community agencies.

Progress is evaluated at regular intervals to ensure that students are progressing toward their goals and are receiving appropriate services for their concerns. Many students are seen four to five times over the semester to meet their goals. Time-limited counseling can be a wonderful fit for many students, but it is not right for everyone. Students are free to participate in an unlimited number of group sessions and workshops. In cases where students have not met their goals, we will make every effort to link them with alternative treatment options. PACS reserves the right to discontinue services to clients who cancel two consecutive appointments and/or demonstrate inconsistent attendance as it prevents other students from accessing our services.

Clinical Services Include

  • Screening, treatment recommendations, and referrals
  • Crisis intervention and emergency risk assessments
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling and workshops
  • Medication consultation
  • Collaboration with off-campus providers

Additional Services

  • Consultation to staff, faculty, and family members, including incoming students interested in community referrals
  • Educational workshops and presentations
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention trainings open to faculty, staff, and students
  • Telehealth distance counseling services via telephone, messaging or face-to-face video conferencing in partnership with Uwill
  • WellTrack Boost, a self-guided and interactive App to support your mental health and well-being

Common Concerns Addressed at PACS

  • Academic performance, motivation, and stress management
  • Adjustment to college life, homesickness, loneliness
  • Anxiety, depression, grief & loss
  • Building strengths and coping skills
  • Crisis support
  • Effects of trauma, sexual assault 
  • Identity development related to culture, spirituality, sexual orientation, gender identity
  • Mild/moderate alcohol/substance use concerns
  • Mild/moderate eating behaviors and body image concerns
  • Relationship difficulties, conflicts with friends, family, and significant others

External Referrals

  • Benefits of being referred off-campus for care : You are more likely to have the opportunity to delve deeper into your concerns. Long term therapy provides the opportunity to work on concerns or issues that might be deeply ingrained or long-standing.
  • Formal psychological evaluations for determining eligibility for vocational rehabilitation or disability benefits or documentation for emotional support or service animals
  • Frequent, long-term, or specialized treatment, such as treatments for students struggling with impairing drug and/or alcohol problems or impairing eating disorders