Campus Care

Campus Care

Campus Care is an option for students who want to consult with a trained mental health professional in a less formal and more convenient setting than a counseling appointment. Campus Care is a "drop-in" service. No appointment is necessary and there is no fee. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Usually there is not much of a wait. Conversations are typically about 15 minutes long or less.

Campus Care is an outreach program that was developed in response to student feedback. Specifically, members of the Associated Student Government approached Student Counseling Service Director, Dr. John Ward, and Assistant Vice President of Health and Wellness for Student Life, Dr. Steve Large, with an interest in collaborating on a program that would give students increased access to discuss their concerns with mental health professionals by placing them in different locations around campus.

Spring 2020 Times & Locations**

  • Tuesdays: 5:15 - 6:15 PM at King Library, Room 108
  • Wednesdays: 3:30-4:30 PM at the Rec Center, Room 104
  • Fridays: 1:30 - 2:30 PM at Farmer School of Business, Room 1011
**Campus Care will begin the 2nd week of the semester and will not be offered during Spring Break and Finals Week

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at a visit to Campus Care?

When you come to the site, look to see if the office door is open. If it is, please come on in. If the door is closed, have a seat in a nearby chair and wait a few minutes until the clinician comes to greet you. When you two meet, the clinician will listen closely to your concerns, possibly ask questions and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

What should I do if the Campus Care counselor consultant is already meeting with someone?

If the clinician is already meeting with someone, the office door will be closed with a sign indicating that the office is occupied. In this case, please have a seat in a nearby chair and wait for the clinician to come out and greet you. The wait is usually not long.

What are common concerns that people bring up at Campus Care?

Students come in with a variety of concerns; no topic is off limits. Common concerns often include: stress, relationships, academic performance, financial struggles, sadness, worry, and family problems.

How is Campus Care different from counseling at Student Counseling Services?

Clinicians at SCS provide ongoing counseling or psychotherapy, which usually consists of weekly or bi-monthly 50-minute appointments or group therapy.

Who should visit Campus Care?

Campus Care is open to all Oxford campus graduate and undergraduate students. Campus Care is the best fit for the following people:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it is like to talk with a mental health 
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a mental health professional.
  • Students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through.Students who have a concern about a friend and want some ideas about what to do.

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling. Would going to Campus Care help me figure out what to do?

Absolutely. The clinician will help you talk through your issues and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the clinician, it is sometimes possible to meet with the same individual at SCS in an ongoing way. However, this cannot be guaranteed.

I am a Miami faculty/staff and I have concerns about a Miami student. Can I come to Campus Care?

No, we hope to offer a safe, private space solely for students to discuss concerns. As always, faculty and staff are encouraged to call the SCS to consult about they might best support the needs of students.

I was offered an appointment at Student Counseling Service. Can I stop by Campus Care in the meantime?

If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were given, it’s best to call SCS directly and explain your situation.

I went to SCS and spoke with a counselor. She recommended a referral to a therapist in Oxford. Can I come to Campus Care instead?

Since regular counseling appointments are not available at Campus Care, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately, SCS cannot always provide immediate ongoing counseling to every student who requests it.

I am currently seeing a therapist at SCS and would like to talk with someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Campus Care?

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it is best to contact your therapist directly to see if they can see you sooner.

I am currently seeing a therapist at SCS, and I’m not happy with the way things are going. Can I go to Campus Care instead?

The best thing to do in your situation is to talk directly with your therapist or call the SCS Assistant Director for Clinical Services to request a change of therapist. Therapists are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative. Often, an open conversation about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles and helps get things back on track.

What else do I need to know?

Campus Care is not psychotherapy but rather an opportunity for students to discuss mental health topics with a clinician from SCS.

Campus Care visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?

Conversations with Campus Care clinicians are confidential. However, exceptions exist when clinicians may need to share information in a situation in which safety for yourself or others is a concern (i.e., suicidal or homicidal intent) or there is a disclosure of abuse concerning a minor, elder or dependent adult.

Campus Care clinicians must keep brief written notes of their contacts with students. Other SCS clinicians may see these notes in the event that the student is referred for therapy at SCS or in an emergency situation. This note will include the name of the student and other personal data. Anonymous conversations are not permitted. Information is also collected about attendance, so that we can keep track of the students we are serving and those we need to continue serving.

Campus Care visits are never reported on a student’s official university record.

We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Campus Care clinician.