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Counseling and Health Services

Counseling and Health Services

Counseling and Health Services

College can cause stress on the mind and the body. Our goal is to help you learn to find balance between the demands around you--and to help you stay healthy so you can experience academic success. Stop by or call to schedule an appointment and let us prepare you to explore this chapter in your life.

What we do:

Counseling helps students manage temporary or ongoing challenges--some large, some small. We offer individual and group counseling, consultations, off-campus referrals, and educational programming. We can assist with a broad range of issues, including homesickness, time management, stress management, depression, eating disorders, trauma, and a variety of other concerns. Care is provided by two full-time professional counselors who are also on-call if a crisis arises.


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    Personal Counseling

    Sometimes we all need a little help along the way. If you are a current member of the BSC community and are experiencing stress or personal problems—our personal counselors are available to offer support. The primary purpose of the counseling center is to provide individual and group counseling in an atmosphere of confidentiality and acceptance. We also work with students needing academic accommodations due to learning, emotional, or physical disabilities.

    You may want to seek counseling if you are experiencing:

    • Stress and anxiety
    • Problems with friends and intimate relationships
    • Homesickness
    • Eating issues
    • Sleeping too much or too little
    • Academic problems—missing classes, avoiding people
    • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or loneliness
    • Self-defeating or destructive patterns of behavior
    • Confusion about your life
    • Decision-making issues

    Our available services include:

    • Individual counseling
    • Group counseling
    • Assessment
    • Referral and assistance in finding off-campus resources
    • Educational programs

    BSC Counseling & Health Services holds to the highest professional, ethical, and legal standards of confidentiality as set forth by the American Counseling Association. Maintaining client confidentiality and privacy is of the utmost importance in order to facilitate effective therapeutic relationships. Interested individuals can learn more regarding our policy and procedures for protecting client's confidentiality and records in our Client Confidentiality, Privacy & Records Policy.

    ULifeline, the online behavioral support system for young adults, is available at www.ulifeline.com.

    To make an appointment with a counselor, call 226-4717, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Health Services helps students maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. We can diagnose and treat minor illnesses and injuries, manage chronic health conditions, conduct lab testing and allergy injections, provide information about sexually transmitted infections and contraception, and administer seasonal vaccinations. Personal care is provided by a full-time RN plus a visiting family medicine physician.


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    Office of Health Services

    The Office of Health Services provides on-campus health care and health education tailored to the individual's needs. When necessary, significant illnesses and injuries are referred off-campus to specialists or health care facilities of students' choosing. In the event of an off-campus referral, it is necessary to present an insurance card and co-pay at the doctor's office or hospital. If a student has no means of personal transportation, it may be arranged through Campus Police. There is no charge for visits to Health Services.

    We recognize the importance of students having a place to seek medical advice privately and confidentially, therefore all visits with Health Services professionals are confidential. Client privacy is maintained for all clients with only limited exceptions, and records related to student health and visits to Health Services are held securely at all times. Further information regarding confidentiality and records is available in our statement of the Client Confidentiality, Privacy, and Records Policy

    Individual appointments may be arranged by calling (205) 226-4717 or (205) 226-7720
    All calls are confidential.

    Hours:

    Monday – Friday
    8:15 am – 4:45 pm
    The office is closed daily for lunch from 12 noon – 1:00pm

    Services Available:

    Ambulatory Clinic - care is available for minor health problems, injuries, and assistance with referrals as needed.

    Laboratory Services – throat cultures are available. Referrals may be made if other laboratory services are needed.

    Allergy Injections – allergy injections are administered at the direction of the student's own allergist. Students must provide medication and written instructions from the allergist. Students should call for a consultation appointment prior to beginning injections

    Nutrition Counseling – available to students with health problems where nutrition is a concern or students desiring weight loss. Consultation is also available for students who desire to learn how to establish healthy eating patterns.

    Phone Consultations – consultations for some health related problems is available by phone.

    Health Promotion Consultation –assists students in learning about healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. Assessment of student's lifestyle and health through health risk appraisal is available.

    Health Problem Management – assists students with chronic health problems (such as asthma, diabetes, and others) in management of their health while adjusting to college life.

    Flu Meningitis Shots – given on campus by a local clinic each fall. Specific dates will be announced in the fall. There is a nominal charge for this service.

    STD/Contraception Information and Consultation – sexually transmitted disease and birth control information and consultation is available to students.

    Health Education – information is provided on health related topics. Ongoing programs and activities on campus address alcohol and drug awareness and AIDS. CPR and first aid education is available up on request. Printed information on a variety of health related topics is available in the Office of Health Services.

    Class Absences Due to Illness - the Office of Health Services does not provide excuses for class absences. Written documentation of visits and illnesses are provided to professors upon the student's request. Students are responsible for notifying professors about illnesses and absences.

    Authorization to Release Health Information - Health records are confidential.  This information can only be accessed by parents, legal guardians and spouses when a student gives permission by signing this consent form.

    Student Health Insurance - all students enrolled at BSC are required to provide proof of health insurance.  The college does not offer a plan.  For more information about insurance at the  Affordable Care Act Marketplace/Exchange, use the link provided or contact Health Services by email at yspencer@bsc.edu.

    General Information – required health records include: Student Health form, a Medical Exam form (including a physical by an M.D. and a current immunization history), and proof of health insurance coverage. Completed forms enable the Office of Health Services to better assist the students. All full-time students should have these forms on file prior to enrollment and registration. This can be arranged by calling 205-226-4717.

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    Student Health Forms

Your privacy is important. Health Services follows federal health and higher education guidelines (HIPAA and FERPA) to ensure student privacy is protected. All visits and health records are confidential. Counseling keeps records in accordance set forth by the American Counseling Association and by state law; your counselor can explain the details.

Find us:

Norton Campus Center, second floor
Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m.-noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 
For appointments: (205) 226-4717

After hours::

A member of the counseling staff is always on call for mental health crises. Call Campus Police at (205) 226-4700 and they will immediately notify the Student Development on-call professional who will contact a counselor. For after-hours non-emergency medical treatment, you may contact Campus Police at 205-226-4700 or you can find a list of urgent care clinics in our area here.