Be Well: We have a Center for that
The Wellness Center at Green Mountain College is the core of all health and wellness activity at Green Mountain College. It’s a holistic center focusing on the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our community. The Wellness Center encompasses counseling services, wellness initiatives and spiritual services. Medical Health Services can be accessed on campus through BeWell.md via tele-health at the Wellness Center or through an arrangement with Castleton Family Health Center.
The mission of the Wellness Center is to provide professional and caring support to assist our students and the GMC community to grow in the areas of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness, and to help them appreciate the ability they have to influence all of life.
The Wellness Center
Located on the second floor of the Richardson Building
Hours are 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday (during the academic year)
The Wellness Center Scope of Practice
The Wellness Center’s mission is to facilitate and support the total development of students at Green Mountain College. Our aim is to enhance the personal development and academic success of students by providing quality clinical, consultation, and training services.
Wellness Center clinicians are generalists who work with a wide variety of student concerns and issues and provide information to the college community about mental health issues. Clinicians are available to meet with any Green Mountain College student dealing with mental health or substance use related issues. Based on those meetings, the clinicians will make recommendations as to the best course of action to address the presenting problem and facilitate students reaching their fullest potential. The professional judgment of the Wellness Center clinicians will govern the determination in a particular case.
Counseling Center staff offer brief consultations as well as full psychosocial assessments, including diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders treatment planning. We provide evidence based therapies including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Stress Management and Relaxation and Mindfulness training to address a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship challenges and adjustment issues.
Scope of Service
The Wellness Center is best suited to working with students whose concerns can be resolved within a short term time frame. If we believe that a student’s needs for services go beyond our ability to meet these needs than we will offer referral information for local treatment providers, agencies, or organizations that might be able to meet this need. When students are referred outside of the Wellness Center for ongoing services, staff may support the students with up to two follow-up meetings to facilitate the referral process. Mindful of both individual student treatment needs as well as affordability, staff work with students to help them connect with the resources that will maximize the likelihood of their successful treatment.
Possible indicators for referrals outside of the Wellness Center include but are not limited to:
- A determination that more intensive and/or more specialized treatment than what is possible in our settings is currently needed or is likely to be needed
- Risk of self-harm or harm to others that cannot be altered by the level of services that can reasonably be provided by the Counseling Center on a timely basis (considering the Counseling Center resources and level of student psychological/ psychiatric status), including outpatient counseling and psychiatric care, and/or outpatient crisis interventions, or is not improved with hospitalization (e.g. the student indicates lack of confidence that he/she can stay safe or a safety plan cannot be established, required multiple hospitalizations, unable to stabilize as outpatient)
- Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in social, academic, or work functioning
- The need to be seen more frequently than once a week, or more flexibly than Wellness Center hours can accommodate
- Frequent use of crisis intervention services
- The need for formal psychological evaluation (to diagnose disabilities, to return to campus following certain withdrawals or leaves of absence, neuropsychological testing, court-ordered evaluations, assessments for accommodations including ESA’s)
- History of treatment that is beyond the resources of the Counseling Center and evidence that the need for the previous level of care continues or is likely to be needed (e.g. need for frequent consultation after hours or meeting more than once a week)
- A need for medical detoxification and/or medical stabilization
- A history of non-cooperation with treatment
- Family therapy
- Therapy services for students who are not currently enrolled in classes, due to graduation, withdrawal, or dismissal from the University.
- Therapy/evaluation that is court-ordered or required by any non-University judicial body