Student Relations provides solution-focused counseling, but interventions are typically a few meetings until the matter is resolved. For students who desire more formalized therapy in a brief treatment model, Counseling Services is the appropriate resource. Counseling Services offers therapy to students throughout the academic semester with a maximum of twelve free sessions per academic year as clinically appropriate. Student Relations is an effective starting point for almost any other concern due to our focus on problem-solving and support. If Student Relations cannot resolve your concern, then we will help you find the on-campus or off-campus resource that can resolve your concern via our robust referral network. Meetings in Student Relations do not have a fixed limit of sessions, and typically completion of services is determined by the student’s concern being successfully addressed or the student being connected with appropriate assistance.
Unlike Counseling Services, Student Relations conducts outreach to students. With Counseling Services, students must actively choose to engage in services. Student Relations, however, will call or e-mail students when notified of a concern by faculty, staff, family members, or peers. Student Relations will then encourage students to connect with our office for support and assistance. Because of this capacity for outreach, Student Relations is often the best option to begin addressing a student concern.
Student Relations and Counseling Services do collaborate frequently. Staff in both offices have the same credentials as mental health providers. Student Relations may refer a student to Counseling Services for therapeutic support while Counseling Services may refer a student to Student Relations if an academic challenge, significant medical event, or food or housing insecurity arises. Additionally, Student Relations and Counseling Services provide educational workshops to the Columbia community regarding health and wellness. Under the umbrella of Student Health and Support, both offices strongly believe in collaboration in order to holistically support students.