What counseling services are available to students and faculty?
Part-time and full-time students are eligible for counseling services at DePaul. Group, individual and couple counseling is available based on a thorough psychosocial assessment of the student's needs. University Counseling Services (UCS) staff members do not see faculty, staff or alumni, but may be consulted if assistance is needed in seeking a referral. Faculty also may make use of our Employee Assistance Program at DePaul.
UCS staff members consult with faculty regarding disruptive student behaviors and can create some strategies for intervention in the classroom. Faculty should feel free to call on UCS staff at any time to discuss a difficult situation regarding a student.
Currently, UCS offers referrals in the community if a student is seeking long-term, open-ended psychotherapy, needs the resources of a multidisciplinary team such as in eating disorders or substance abuse treatment, or needs to be seen multiple times per week. UCS staff members are knowledgeable about resources in the community, many of which offer sliding scale fees.
What about the student who refuses to go to counseling?
Except in certain life-threatening situations, the choice of whether or not to seek professional help is up to the individual. If a troubled student refuses to seek counseling in the absence of risk behaviors, you need to accept the student's decision. If you are quite concerned about such a student, consult with UCS. In an emergency, contact UCS at (773) 325-7779 to immediately speak to a staff member. A staff psychologist can suggest alternative ways of approaching the student to help more effectively intervene on the student's behalf. You also may consider consulting the Dean of Students Office.