We are a multidisciplinary team of clinicians working together to address the mental health needs of our campus. Deborah L. Wright, MSW, LCSW, serves as the Counseling Center Director, and is trained as a licensed Clinical Social Workers. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Wright has spent the past 19 years working in the field of mental health and hospital settings, providing crisis intervention, case management and grief counseling services.
Our mission is to provide professional, competent, compassionate and culturally sensitive care to students and staff. We want to enhance their emotional, spiritual and psychological well-being and help them function to their potential. The services of the Counseling Center are based on a developmental model that addresses the career and personal issues that are central to student’s lives and academic success. As a multi-cultural service, the Counseling Center is committed to providing appropriate and sensitive services that are accessible to all students. The Counseling Center also promotes a healthy psychological climate at the university through consultation and outreach within the campus community.
The Counseling Center offers services to students who are currently enrolled in courses at La Sierra University. Non-student spouses, partners, and/or family members may be seen conjointly with the student if clinical judgment indicates that their involvement would be important in order to address the student’s concern. Students enrolled for at least one of the summer sessions may be seen at any point throughout the summer.
It is the policy of the Counseling Center not to release any information regarding any students’ use of the services or personal matters discussed with a counselor. This means that, except under certain circumstances, no parent, academic dean, future employer, or otherwise will know of a student’s use of counseling. Exceptions to confidentiality occur only in the following situations.
- A student who has used our services may authorize LSU to release records or to disclose other information to individuals of the client’s choosing. Normally this process requires written consent.
- In certain circumstances, therapists are legally and ethically required to breach confidentiality. For example, if a student reveals information indicating clear and imminent danger to self or others, the therapist may contact appropriate authorities or family members. Such disclosure would be solely for the purpose of providing the necessary emergency care or protection.
- The law requires the notification of the appropriate agency when a student reveals on-going abuse or neglect of a child or elderly person.
- Confidential information may be ordered by the court in certain legal proceedings. This is a rare occurrence and would only happen with the student’s knowledge.
- With a student’s permission, a counselor may record an audio or videotape of the sessions for supervisory review. However, the content of these tapes would not be disclosed to others without the client’s written permission.
Most students who seek services at Counseling Center are seen for short-term counseling. Some students will be referred to off campus practitioners when they have the need for more long-term, specialized, or intensive treatment than we can provide.