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Student Psychological Counseling Services

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All full-time undergraduates pay a Health and Counseling Services fee each semester, which allows them to use the Health Services and the Student Psychological Counseling Services at no additional charge.  Part-time students and all graduate students not required to pay the fee must pay the Health and Counseling fee if they wish to use these services.  NOTE: This fee is NOT the same as Health InsuranceRegardless of what insurance coverage you may have, you are still eligible for basic health services at the Health Center and for counseling at SPCS if you have paid the Health and Counseling Services fee.

  • INDIVIDUAL COUNSELINGOffered to students who meet the criteria for short-term therapy.  Students needing longer term therapy are assisted in finding off campus resources.
  • COUPLES & FAMILY COUNSELING:  Offered to student couples who are both students at Chapman University.  Family and other persons important to the student client may be involved in counseling sessions on a limited basis with student permission.  Decisions to involve others will be determined by student and their counselor.
  • GROUPS & WORKSHOPS:  Groups and/or workshops are offered at SPCS each fall and spring semester upon enough interest to form a group.  SPCS groups and workshops have been offered on various issues including stress, anxiety, self-image/self-esteem, social confidence, and relationships.  Please see Groups/Workshops tab below for updated information or campus flyers around campus prior to the start of each semester.  If you would be interested in a particular group you don’t see offered, please feel free to contact the counseling coordinator at (714) 997-6778.
  • PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES:  Limited psychiatric services are available to active student clients of SPCS who have never seen a psychiatrist or who have been under the care of a psychiatrist in the past and are no longer under care.  Referrals to the psychiatrist must be made by SPCS clinical staff and serves as a bridge to students securing outside community psychiatric care.  Urgent issues can be reviewed on a case by case basis.
    • Students who already have a psychiatrist for medications and have resources to get their medications through reciprocity with pharmacies or through the mail and are seeking refills for prescriptions are not eligible to be seen by the SPCS psychiatrist and would be referred to local Urgent Care facilities.
    • Students attending Chapman who are out of state/out of the area who are currently under care by a psychiatrist at home and are just unable to see them while on campus are not eligible to be seen by the SPCS psychiatrist and would be provided with outside resources or encouraged to go through their insurance company for providers near campus or their residence while attending Chapman.
    • Students seeking assessment for ADHD and/or ADHD medications are not eligible to be seen by the SPCS psychiatrist.  Community resources can be provided upon request. 
  • TRAINING & CONSULTATION:  SPCS provides services throughout the campus.  Staff members develop and lead programs and trainings in the residence halls, and for various campus groups organized by students, faculty and staff and at University orientation programs.  SPCS also offers consultation to student groups, faculty and staff upon request.  Examples include how to help a friend, how to support a student in crisis while setting appropriate limits, how to solve interpersonal conflict in a group, or how to recognize students with problems and how to refer them to SPCS.

+ - Groups/Workshops

FALL 2017 Workshops currently closed

+ - Scope of Practice

Counseling Services provides the following:

  • Short-term counseling for such matters as: anxiety, depression, loneliness, identity, stress management, time management, eating concerns, alcohol/drug use/abuse, relationship concerns, grief and loss, family stress, sexual orientation, homesickness, college-related transition, developmental issues, and personal growth and development.  Work on time-limited focused goals is the primary mission at SPCS.
  • Crisis intervention for urgent or emergency situations.
  • Support and brief counseling for students recovering from sexual assault and/or domestic violence.
  • Skills development to support academic success, such as coping skills, self-esteem work, stress management, time management, motivational skills, and reduction of performance-related anxiety (such as test anxiety).
  • Temporary psychiatric services as a bridge for students referred to community psychiatrists.
  • Students may be referred for a counseling assessment by an external body (e.g. Residence Life, Campus Peer Conduct Board, and Athletics). These students will be evaluated to ascertain personal motivation and goals for further counseling. 
  • Assessment and referral to other campus resources, such as Health Services, and Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center and referral to community resources, particularly for students whose presenting concerns are beyond Counseling Services’ scope of practice.
  • Mental health consultation, education, and outreach programs for students, faculty, and staff.

+ - Service Limitations/Attendance Policy

Services are not focused on remedial, reconstructive or long-term therapeutic experiences for students.  It is important to render services in line with the mental health needs of the individual, therefore if SPCS does not have adequate resources for treatment or lacks staff with specific expertise required to provide such treatment, students will be referred to community resources.  Students are responsible for the cost of these off-campus services.   These resources will be given with students’ needs in mind, after speaking with an SPCS counselor, who will follow up with students to ensure that a connection was made with an outside provider.  

Attendance Policy

In order to best support student responsibility, encourage continuity of counseling treatment and to meet the high volume of students we serve, we need our clients to attend their scheduled appointments.  We therefore have firm policies regarding cancellations and no-show appointments.

  • If you miss a scheduled appointment without calling to cancel and do not contact SPCS within 24 hours following the missed appointment, the same appointment time and/or counselor may no longer be available.
  • If you cancel your appointment late (less than 24 hours’ notice & not due to an onset of illness or emergency), it will count as one of your sessions.
  • Repeated no-show or cancellation of appointments may result in a termination of services at SPCS.  In that instance, appropriate outside resources will be provided.

+ - After Hours Emergencies

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after normal business hours, weekends or holidays, please seek assistance by doing one of the following:

  • Call 911 or Public Safety on campus at (714) 997-6763
  • Go to the ER at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange (off of La Veta)
  • Go to the ER at UCI Medical Center at 101 The City Drive, Orange (off of Chapman)
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

A psychological emergency exists when, if someone doesn’t get immediate help, serious psychological or physical consequences result.

+ - Other Services

Disability Services

Jason McAlexander, M.S., M.A.
(714) 744-7971 
(714) 744-7940 fax

PEER and Health Education

Dani Smith
Director & Sexual Assault Advocate
(714) 744-7080

Health Services

Jacqueline Deats
(714) 997-6851

Public Safety

(714) 997-6763

Dean of Students

(714) 997-6721

Residence Life and First Year Experience

(714) 997-6603

Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy

(714) 997-6746

Contact Us

Phone: (714) 997-6778
Fax: (714) 744-7940

Location:  410 N. Glassell St.
(House between Public Safety & Student Health)

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CLOSED 12 p.m.-1 p.m.)

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