Faculty Handbook 2016–17
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Counseling Center

Counseling Center
Director: Cathie Chester, PsyD
Tel.: (914) 251-6390
Email: cou.counseling@purchase.edu
Office: Humanities Building, Room 0008
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Counseling Center offers matriculated students free, voluntary, and confidential assistance for personal problems and emotional development, including short-term individual counseling; group counseling; crisis intervention, assessments, and referrals; and initial psychiatric consultation. A full range of mental health issues, situational concerns, and developmental problems are addressed through collaborative sessions. Consultations and referrals are offered for nonmatriculated students who may be experiencing psychological distress. The Counseling Center is staffed by experienced clinicians licensed by New York State.

If you are concerned about a student and would like help, you may:

  • request a consultation to develop a plan for referral or interventions
  • refer the student directly to the Counseling Center, providing our contact information; please let us know via email at cou.counseling@purchase.edu when you refer a student
  • ask us to contact a student on your behalf
  • notify the Counseling Center about your concerns through the online Student Alert, located under “Quick Links” on my.purchase.edu
  • escort a student to the Counseling Center for an emergency appointment. This is appropriate for a student whom you have reason to believe may have been sexually assaulted, or a student experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • call the University Police at (914) 251-6111 for assistance with a student exhibiting behavior that may render the student unsafe or unable to control himself or herself. University Police conduct safety checks and respond to emergency calls and are the only campus entity capable of mandating transports.

Any contact that we may have with a referred student will be kept confidential to protect the rights and privacy of the student. To request a consultation or an outreach to a student, please leave a message for the Counseling Center, (914) 251-6390, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

The following guides on the Counseling Center site provide more information about our services:

Office of Access and Accommodations
Please refer to Accommodating Students with Disabilities in this handbook and the Office of Access and Accommodations website for detailed information.

Victims Assistance Crisis Team Hotline
The professional staff in the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and Wellness@Purchase program are all confidential sources of support to students who have experienced gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault. The Victims Assistance Crisis Team Hotline is an option for students who may wish to seek assistance from sources external to the campus. This hotline is for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, and/or stalking. It is run by New York State–certified rape crisis counselors in conjunction with Victims Assistance Services. It is a confidential service that offers emergency room and courtroom advocacy programs. The staff consists of both men and women who are sympathetic to a victim’s specific needs and who will listen and refer the victim to places and people who care and want to educate, inform, and help the victim in any way they possibly can.

24-Hour Hotline Numbers:

  • When calling from an on-campus phone: 4393
  • When calling from an off-campus phone: (914) 345-9111

For more information, please visit the Speak Out! section on the Student Affairs site.

Updated June 7, 2016

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