Counseling Center

Supported Education

Purchase College is proud to collaborate with The Guidance Center of Westchester to offer a Supported Education (SE) program for students diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. Students must be registered with the Access and Accommodations Office for referral to the Supported Education program.

At Purchase College, the student is offered an opportunity to meet with the Supported Education Counselor to assess together what individual accommodations may be helpful or essential for their academic success. Often, this may not be clear until the student has started classes. Determinations of accommodations can be made during the semester with the help of the SE Counselor. 

Some of the most common accommodations students use to access the educational environment can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Notetaker in the classroom
  • Use of tape recorder or recording technology
  • Audio books or electronic textbooks
  • Test accommodations
  • Changes in format or method of completing assignments
  • Arrangements to leave and return to class during a class period

Support services are often instrumental in helping students access and navigate the educational environment. The SE Counselor meets regularly with students and assists them in accessing support services on campus, or in the community when appropriate, and off campus.

The following are support services that are often helpful to students participating in the Supported Education program: 

  • Registration assistance
  • Academic counseling that includes choosing classes that meet individual academic goals
  • Assistance in managing time and deadlines
  • Assistance in developing strategies for problem solving
  • Assistance in applying for forgiveness of previous loans because of disability status
  • Having someone with whom to check in with campus and community agencies, including referral and follow-up services
  • Peer support group
  • Assistance with managing disclosure
  • Advocacy with faculty for accommodations
  • Emotional support

For more information regarding the Supported Education program, please contact:

Patricia Murphy, LMHC
Counselor, Supported Education Program -- Psychiatric Disabilities
Telephone:  (914) 251-6394
Confidential Fax:  (914) 251-5929
E-mail:  Patricia.Murphy@purchase.edu
Student Services Building, Room 222

For interest in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program click here.