Services at the Counseling and Prevention Resource Center (CPRC) are confidential and free to all currently enrolled IHCC individuals.
Below are some common concerns that bring students to the CPRC:
- depressed mood or mood swings
- worry and stress
- anger and irritability
- feeling alone and isolated
- problems sleeping
- grief and loss
- poor concentration and focus
- low motivation
- thoughts of suicide and/or self–harming behaviors
- negative addictive behaviors
- time management and organization problems
- interpersonal conflicts including problems with roommates, friends, or a current romantic relationship
- family issues
- problems associated with eating and maintaining a health body image
- dating and relationship issues
- sexuality issues
- difficulty adjusting to the college, whether you are a new or returning student
Services may address any of the above issues, or any other issues. Services are for
you and you alone. You will visit with a licensed mental health professional trained
in providing you with the specific help you need.
Crisis Intervention at the CPRC is available to students only, at the request of the individual in crisis, any other IHCC individual, or a parent/legal guardian. The safety and well-being of the individual and/or others is prioritized. Crisis sessions may be a “scheduled appointment”, however they are typically a “same day or walk-in” emergency session; and often last anywhere from 15 – 90 minutes. Additional crisis services/protocols are available to the IHCC community as needed.
Counseling at the CPRC is available to students only, at the request of the individual and/or a parent/legal guardian. Counseling is never required by the CPRC or IHCC. For minor or dependent adult students, a parent/legal guardian must provide consent for counseling services. Sessions are typically “scheduled appointments”, often lasting 45 – 90 minutes, and are available to individuals, couples (roommates), and groups (suitemates). Providers implement evidence-based treatments – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as an example.
Counseling services at the CPRC are a short-term, solution-focused model, with a primary overarching goal to facilitate adjustment to college, reduce emotional distress, and foster resilience to help students continue attending college and pursue their academic, career, and personal goals. Therefore, if there appears to be a mental health need that would benefit from a more long-term model of intervention/care, a referral to other (typically community-based) mental health support(s) will be given.
Within this short-term model, counseling sessions will likely begin weekly, then decrease to twice a month, then once a month, then possibly even once a quarter/term, as progress/goals are achieved (as agreed upon by client and provider). Goals are created collaboratively by provider and client during the first session, called an Intake session. The Intake session explores pertinent history and current concerns, in order to determine best options for addressing these concerns, which may include counseling at the CPRC or a referral to another support. Sometimes the Intake session is sufficient for identifying ways to address the concerns and no further services/sessions are needed.
Consultation at the CPRC is available to all IHCC individuals regarding mental health-related
questions or referrals for community-based services and supports. However, student
sessions may also include discussion pertaining to any personal life challenge or question. Consultation services may be a “scheduled appointment”
or a “same day or walk-in” session, and often last 15 – 60 minutes.
Outreach and Prevention Programs
The CPRC provides outreach and prevention programming in addition to the intervention services described above, to the IHCC community. This most always includes a component of psychoeducation, and may include postvention programming as necessary.
Current programming includes, but is not limited to:
Support/Topic Groups: Available for students only. Some may occur every academic year, others as-needed. Current groups will be posted on all social media platforms, as well as at the CPRC. Topics may include:
- Balancing work, life & school,
- Stress management,
- Adjusting to life on campus,
- Building healthy relationships,
- Effective communication and healthy conflict resolution,
- Healthy coping skills,
- Organization and time management,
- Grief and loss, etc.
Mental Health Screenings: Available to all IHCC individuals and may be completed anonymously via the IHCC website – Mental Health Screenings page (COMING SOON!), or during a specific Screening Event held throughout the academic year. Student results may be sent to the CPRC for review and follow-up mental health support if preferred.
Relaxation Room: COMING SOON! This will be available to students only and will include one-hour, scheduled reservation times. More information to follow.
CPRC/Mental Health-Related Programming: Available to the IHCC community and may consist of service-related/psychoeducational presentations, workshops, trainings and/or tabling events, including providing material as needed. These are scheduled by request via the below form, as time allows.
Counseling and Prevention Resource Center
Indian Hills Community College
Trustee Hall, First Floor
525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Phone: (641) 683-5152 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5152
Questions about services may be emailed, however, we do not schedule appointments via email, because email is not considered a confidential communication. Staff are also not able to check email with regularity or frequency, therefore for the timeliest and most confidential communication, please call!