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GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT IS COUNSELING SERVICES AND WELLNESS?

 Counseling Services & Wellness (CSW) delivers comprehensive psychological and wellness services to the students, residents, fellows and their significant others/partners of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). CSW has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of diverse people. In all the services provided by CSW we strive to create an environment where all people feel welcome. We attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic and national backgrounds, sexual/affectional orientations, mental and physical abilities, languages, classes, ages, religion/spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic background, veteran status, as well as other types of diversity.

 

MISSION

Our mission is to help IUSM students, resident, fellows and their partners maximize the value of their life and learning experiences. As we develop collaborative relationships in a safe and respectful environment, the unique value and dignity of each individual and group is help paramount. We accomplish our mission through a variety of professional services.  

 

CSW PHILOSOPHY

CSW strives to enhance the psychological health, well-being and personal effectiveness of students, resident, fellows and their partners, thus empowering you to maximize your personal adjustment and individual accomplishments. In providing services, we attend to remedial, developmental, and situational concerns, recognizing that the interaction between the stress of the academic environment and your individual level of development can be enhanced through counseling. CSW works together with the medical school community to create an environment that assists you in understanding and responding to challenges and opportunities in a way that enhances your personal and academic development.

 

WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 

Individual counseling                       Couples counseling

Group counseling                            Consultation

Programming                                  Emergency intervention

 

  

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

Click on the link on the left titled Emergencies for detailed instructions by campus location.

 

IF I GO TO CSW DOES IT MEAN THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME?

No. Students/Residents/Fellows/Significant Others who use CSW are interested in their personal growth and adjustment in the world around them. Medical education/training challenges you to face normal developmental concerns and academic pressures while at IUSM and, at times, may feel anxious, angry, lonely, or depressed. CSW helps explore alternative coping strategies and ways of dealing with oneself and the world. 

WHAT ARE COMMON CONCERNS FOR MEETING WITH CSW? 

  • Adjustment to personal and professional change
  • Alcohol or drug-related difficulties
  • Anxiety/stress management
  • Concern about a family member
  • Body image
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional response to physician responsibilities
  • Harassment
  • Increasing performance pressure
  • Loneliness
  • Motivation/procrastination
  • Relationship difficulties or breakups
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual victimization
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Test anxiety
  • Want an objective opinion 

HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN GET IN?

A meeting with the counselor is usually available within one week.  Evening appointments may be scheduled.  Walk-in appointments are welcome, depending on counselor availability.

 

HOW DO I MAKE APPOINTMENT?

Click on the link on the left titled Welcome & Appointments for details. 

IS THERE A FEE?

There is no charge for service provided by Counseling Services & Wellness.  Fees may be charged for psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations and long-term counseling provided by other on and off campus professionals.

 

WHAT PROGRAMS ARE PROVIDED BY COUNSELING SERVICES & WELLNESS?

  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Assertiveness and/or communication skills
  • Bridging the Generations
  • Couples Enrichment
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Introduction to counseling services
  • Impaired physicians
  • Self-care/stress management
  • Sexual assault
  • Stress/anxiety
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Wellness Topics 

WHAT IF I REQUIRE A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION OR LONG TERM COUNSELING?

At times, medical students and residents require mental health evaluation and/or long-term counseling.  The services are either provided by the office or the individual is referred to mental health professionals at either on and off campus

offices such as Indiana University Psychiatric Management, Physician Assistance Program, one of the hospitals, support programs, financial services, the Office of Affirmative Actions, or the Teacher-Learner Advocacy Committee.  The counselor forwards student or resident information only with an individual's written permission.

IS MY INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL?

Click on the link for detailed explanations to the Limits of Confidentiality. 

IS DIVERSITY RESPECTED?

Indiana University School of Medicine Counseling Services & Wellness has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of diverse people.  In all counseling activities, programs, and outreach services we strive to create an environment where all people feel welcome.  As a staff, we attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse characteristics such as age, color, ethnicity, gender, language, marital/parental status, mental and physical ability, national origin, race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual/affectional orientation or veteran status.

 

WHAT DOES RESEARCH SHOW ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COUNSELING? HOW DO I GAIN THE MOST FROM IT?

A research summary from the Stanford University School of Medicine indicated that counseling effectively decreased people's depression and anxiety related symptoms such as pain, fatigue and nausea. Counseling has also been found to increase survival time after heart surgery for people with cancer, and it can have positive effects on the body's immune system. Research increasingly supports the idea that emotional and physical health are closely linked and that counseling can improve a person's overall health status. The evidence indicates that most people who have at least several sessions of counseling are better off than untreated individuals who are experiencing emotional concerns.

 

 

HOW DO I GAIN THE MOST FROM COUNSELING?

There are many approaches to counseling and various formats in which it may occur, including individual, group, and couples. Despite the variations, all counseling is a two-way process that works especially well when you and your counselor or psychologist communicate openly. Research shows that the outcome of counseling is improved when the counselor or psychologist and the client agree early about what the major problems are and how counseling can help.

You and your counselor/psychologist both have responsibilities in establishing and maintaining a good working relationship. Be clear with your counselor/psychologist about your concerns that may arise. Counseling works best when you attend all scheduled sessions and give some forethought as to what you want to discuss during each session.

Counseling isn't easy. But individuals willing to work in close partnership with their counselor/psychologistoften find relief from their emotional distress and begin to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.

HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS HELPING?

When you begin counseling, you should establish clear goals with your counselor/psychologist. Perhaps you want to overcome feelings of hopelessness associated with feelings of depression or anxiety. Or maybe you would like to control fear that disrupts your daily life. Keep in mind that certain tasks require more time to accomplish than others. You may need to adjust your goals depending on how long you plan to be in counseling.

After a few sessions, it is a good sign if you feel the experience truly is a joint effort and that you and your counselor/psychologist enjoy a comfortable relationship. On the other hand, you should be open with your counselor/psychologist if you find yourself feeling "stuck" or lacking direction once you have been in counseling awhile.

You may feel a wide range of emotions during counseling. Some qualms about counseling that you may have might result from the difficulty of discussing painful and troubling experiences. When this happens, it can actually be a positive sign that you are starting to explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

You should spend time with your counselor/psychologist periodically reviewing your progress. Although there are other considerations affecting the duration of counseling, success in reaching your primary goals should be a major factor in deciding when you should end counseling.