[The following document was discussed by the Senate Student Affairs Committee on October 17, 2000.]
The following summarized information on campus mental health settings is collected in response to a request by the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate.
The Student Counseling Services Center is the Student Affairs office which is mandated to respond to the psychological problems of the students at the University. A variety of services are offered which are designed to promote academic performance, foster personal and professional development, and contribute to the mental health of the entire University community. Counseling, crisis intervention, self-help classes and outreach presentations are free of charge to students, and consultation in a variety of areas is available to faculty and staff. In addition, the Center is a training site for selected psychology doctoral students. The Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, and the pre-doctoral psychology internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
The Student Counseling Services Center provides a variety of services for students in order to promote academic performance and enhance personal growth. Services include crisis intervention counseling, couples counseling, individual therapy, outreach programs and consultation. Group therapy is also available to address specific concerns such as family difficulties, eating disorders, relationship problems, and childhood abuse.
Students may access the services by completing a questionnaire and a brief intake interview during our walk-in hours. Walk-in hours are 10:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The services are confidential and are provided at no cost.
The Student Health Service provides mental health services in addition to a wide array of physical health services. Psychiatric consultation and evaluation are available, as well as psychological consultation from a psychologist holding a joint appointment with the Counseling Center. This service is available to all students who have paid the University Programs and Services Fee (activity fee). The Student Health Services is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health organizations.
The Student Health Service provides outpatient medical care for all currently enrolled students who have paid the health portion of the University Programs and Services Fee. Physicians are seen by appointment, though patients with urgent problems are seen on a walk-in basis. A staff psychiatrist and psychologist are available through appointment. Specialty consultants in dermatology, surgery, sports medicine, and gynecology are seen at the clinic through referral by a staff physician. Referral to other specialists can be arranged at the student's expense. Allergy injections may be received at the campus clinic.
Virtually all services at the primary campus clinic (except for lab work done off campus) are provided to eligible students at no additional Cost. During nights, weekends, and holidays students may receive medical care through the Emergency Room at UT Hospital; insurance is accepted as payment in full (except for specialist consultation/interpretation).
Payment of a health fee at the University assures one of quality, short-term ambulatory health care within the scope and capabilities of the professional staff and within the limitations of diagnostic and treatment parameters. Students with chronic or complex physical and/or mental disorders are expected to make arrangements for private health care. The staff of the Student Health Service will assist in the referral process whenever possible.
The Knox County Health Department operates a Family Planning Clinic at the Student Health Center to provide contraceptive information, counseling and materials. Call 215-5016 for appointments.
Regular hours of the primary Clinic on Andy Holt Avenue are 8:00-12:00 am and 1:00-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Evening, weekend and holiday care is provided through the UT Hospital Emergency Room (Alcoa Highway), which is open to students when the campus clinic is closed.
Transportation to either clinic from campus may be arranged through University Police, 974-3114.
The Psychological Clinic in the Psychology Department is a training clinic which is staffed by advanced doctoral graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program. The Clinic staff selects patients based on training needs and purposes. These adults, adolescents and children may be individuals from the University or the surrounding community.
The Psychological Clinic is a service, research and training facility of the Department of Psychology. The Clinic serves University students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the greater Knoxville community, including adults and children. Services include individual, marital, family, and group psychotherapy and psychological or psychoeducational evaluations. Services are provided by advanced doctoral graduate students in Clinical Psychology under faculty supervision. There are charges for all Clinic services, but fees are modest, using a sliding scale. Clients are seen by appointment only. The clinic is open M-TH, 8:00 am-8:00 pm and Fri. 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Professional standards of confidentiality are maintained and information about a student client is shared with other University personnel only with the student's written authorization.
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