During the academic year, the Counseling Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Appointments can be made by coming by the Counseling Center or calling (630)752-5321. Emergency walk-in hours available each day for crisis/counseling or consultation. We are located in Armerding Hall. The Center is open during the summer session for consultations, referral resources, and crisis management. Call ahead to set up an appointment during these times.
The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups each year. A number of groups each year are coordinated around a common theme and provide both education and support for students who have had similar experiences. Past themes have included eating disorders, children of divorced parents, and dealing with chronic pain. The focus of groups adjusts slightly each academic year in response to student need. In addition we offer men's groups, which focus on issues pertinent to male students, and women's groups, which address a range of relational issues common to female students.
Group participation primarily allows students to gain experience with, and work on, issues of being intimate with peers. The immediate group goal is to provide a safe environment in which students can explore personal issues, grow in a context of mutual learning, and alleviate symptoms of loneliness, sadness or anxiety. The long-term goal is to learn the skills necessary to develop healthy and mature relationships in general. We believe these skills contribute to more effective participation in friend and family groups, improved quality of life, and more mature, honest participation in Christian community throughout the lifespan.
The Counseling Center is equipped to administer many psychological tests. These are done with the assistance of one of our counselors, who can help determine what (if any) testing might be helpful for the student. Tests can be administered to assess a variety of personal problems. The primary purpose of testing is to help the counselor and the student define a specific set of goals. We also offer assessment for some learning difficulties, as well tests that categorize interpersonal style. Feedback sessions can be arranged as necessary. There is a charge for certain types of testing. Contact the Counseling Center or speak with a counselor to find out more details.
The Counseling Center provides premarital counseling for engaged couples. Students take both the PREPARE inventory and the Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis. After the tests are scored, the couple meets with a counselor for several weeks to discuss their relational strengths and to explore areas where further growth is advised. A summary letter can be sent to the couple's minister if needed. There is a $65 fee for the scoring of the tests.
The Counseling Center has built relationships with local Christian psychiatrists and other mental health providers for the benefit of those students who want or need services off-campus. Referrals can be made for medication consultation, nutritional counseling, substance use counseling or other specialized needs.