• Campus Counseling Center


    Counseling Services offered by Franciscan University's Campus Counseling Center include:

    • Crisis Services
    • Individual Counseling
    • Group Counseling
    • Support Groups
    • Referrals
    • Programs

    Crisis Services

    The Crisis Hotline is a local 24-hr. helpline. It is run by the Jefferson Behavioral Mental Health Center and is staffed by professional counselors and social workers. This service is to be used if there is an emergency and a professional is needed to give advice or direction in a crisis situation.

    Trinity Health System is the local Catholic Hospital located at 4000 Johnson Road in Steubenville. (It is approximately 3 miles west of the University on Route 22.)Services at Trinity include both inpatient and outpatient treatment for persons with addictions and psychiatric disorders.

    • Crisis Hotline: (740) 264-1627
    • Emergency Room number: (740) 264-8010 or 264-8011.
    • On Campus Security: 283-6319
    • Emergency: 283-6911
    • Local Police: 282-5353
    • Local Fire Department: 282-3636
    • Ambulance Service: 283-2222
    • Mental Health Services and Addiction Recovery: 800-552-TALK

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    Individual Counseling
    Our services provide one-on-one confidential individual counseling for University students. The initial visit consists of a one-hour session with one of the professional staff counselors to assess the student's problem. Based on this assessment, a treatment plan will be determined which may include further counseling with a professional staff counselor, graduate student counselor at Campus Counseling Services, or referral to a service provider in the Steubenville area. A nominal fee of $5.00 is charged for each session following the first visit here at our offices.

    Your counselor will bring his/her professional knowledge and experience to the session, but the ultimate responsibility for growth and change rests with you. You are invited at any time to ask questions about your counselor, the methods being used, and the direction that you are taking in treatment.

    Depending upon the nature of your difficulty you might also experience uncomfortable emotions such as anger, fear, and frustration during the course of counseling. While your counselor cannot remove these feelings from you, he/she will help you work through them or find an alternative counselor. You are free to discontinue counseling at any time. Most people remain in therapy until they feel that they have learned better methods of thinking, feeling, and acting with regard to their difficulties.

    Services are limited to 8 sessions per student. If a student requires additional counseling the appropriate referral can be arranged for a provider of services in the local Steubenville area.

    Since this is a counseling and teaching center, the initial assessment interview will normally take place with a graduate counseling student present for the purpose of their training in counseling methods and skills.

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    Group Counseling
    Group counseling provides an excellent opportunity for students to work on specific areas for change in a supportive atmosphere. The groups start at the beginning of each semester and are FREE of charge.

    Groups will be offered depending on the needs and interests of the students. In the past, groups on eating disorders, recovery from sexual trauma, body image, and coping skills were conducted. We will be conducting a group counseling experience for women diagnosed with depression as the primary treatment choice for these students. Please call the Counseling Center for more information on any of these groups.

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    Support Groups
    The local Steubenville area offers a wide variety of support groups. A listing for local groups can be found daily in the Herald Star Newspaper.

    Adult Children of Alcoholics is a 12 Step group designed to learn how to cope with the family problems stemming from living with an alcoholic parent. Other groups may be offered depending on the needs and interests of the students.

    Other Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Jefferson County can be found at www.aadayton.org/district6.html

    A Recovery, Inc. group for those dealing with fear and anger management. Contact the Counseling Center for more information.

    A Sexual Addiction Support Group meets regularly in the Steubenville area. Contact the Counseling Center for more information.

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    Referrals to local agencies or private service providers can be arranged depending on the needs of the student. Although these referrals are made at the expense of the student; most health insurance plans cover some type of outpatient counseling. We will work with you to find a suitable provider covered by your insurance plan. In the event that it is necessary to refer you to another service provider, our staff will schedule follow-up appointments with you to evaluate the service you are receiving and to support the treatment plan.

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    Preventative Mental Health Programs are offered during the semester on topics such as:

    • Alcohol 101: Responsible Alcohol Use
    • Date Rape: Can it happen here?
    • Eating Disorders: Dying to be thin
    • Pornography: The Hidden Addiction

    Other programs can be offered depending on the interests of the students. Call the Counseling Center for more information.




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