Hello, Blue Jays.
Welcome to Spring Semester! With the continuing impact and stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other life challenges experienced by college students, we know everyone is trying to manage the circumstances as best they can. It’s completely expected and appropriate to experience an increase of distress during situations like these. We would like you to know how to access Counseling Services during this time and how to find more information on self-care, coping strategies, and support resources.
Students who want to set up a non-urgent telemental health counseling session (Zoom video sessions or phone sessions), can call Counseling Services at our 717-361-1405 weekday office hours number (8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday). You are also welcome to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in scheduling an appointment, and Counseling Services staff will respond as indicated. Our services our based on state guidelines regarding telehealth. It is our hope that you will be able to find a confidential space to meet during a Zoom session. If this proves to be difficult, let us know ahead of time and we can make arrangements to reserve a confidential space for you in/near our office area.
Crisis and Urgent Situations
Students who are experiencing an urgent situation or crisis during Counseling Services’ weekday office hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday) can arrange to talk with a Counselor by calling our office number of 717-361-1405, or by walking in to BSC 216 and using a private space we have available to have a Zoom or phone session. We continue to be available to provide phone consultation to a student who is experiencing a crisis after-hours. Elizabethtown College students can access our after-hours on-call system by calling the 24/7 Campus Security number of 717-361-1111.
The following links from the American Psychological Association and AFSP have some helpful guidelines for managing your anxiety and taking care of your mental health: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics
Finding a Therapist in Your Home Community
For more information on how to connect with a therapist in your home community, please visit this page.
During this time of uncertainty and stress, we encourage you all to take pro-active steps to maintain your mental, as well as physical, health. Please know that we are here to support you and to help you to successfully navigate during these difficult times. We look forward to seeing you through Zoom! Please feel free to reach out to us with your questions, concerns, and ideas.
Bruce, Veronica, Jennie, and Heidi
Counseling Services, Elizabethtown College
The following is a summary description of Counseling Services:
Counseling Services provides a broad range of counseling and mental health support services that facilitate our students' personal, social, and academic development. Our licensed mental health professionals provide short term individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, and psychiatric services to currently enrolled students for no additional charge. Counseling services are provided in a confidential and diversity affirming environment to help students address a variety of mental health, situational, and developmental concerns.
Our offices are located in the Baugher Student Center, Suite 216. Appointments can be made in person or by calling 717-361-1405. Office hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Urgent and crisis services are also available. For emergencies after 5:00 p.m. or over the weekend, call Campus Security at 717-361-1111 for immediate assistance.