Skyping: A pilot approach to leveraging treatment options
Many students coming to campus leave established counseling relationships with at-home providers. While it is possible to find those services on campus or in the local community, students are often hesitant or face challenges in finding resources and developing the quality relationship that was left behind.
Health and Counseling Services is piloting a project aimed at increasing treatment options in support of these students.
If an at-home provider is willing and able, students now have the option of reserving a confidential space in the Decker Student Health Services Center, complete with Skyping equipment, to engage in counseling sessions from a distance. Health Service staff, while not directly involved in this therapeutic relationship, are available to students as support following the session, if needed. The pilot was initiated late in the spring 2013 semester, and is expected to grow and provide an alternative approach to care for students.