Welcome to the Clark University Center for Counseling and Personal Growth! Our main goal at the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth (CPG) is to promote the wellbeing of Clark students. Our counseling services are offered with recognition and appreciation of each student's individual and unique personality, and we are honored to play a part in helping students to strive emotionally and intellectually.
The services at CPG are provided free of charge. We assist students in dealing with a variety of issues, including but not limited to the following:
- Stress management
- Adjustment to college
- Relationship issues
- Family issues
- Roommate conflict
- Time management / Procrastination
- Substance abuse
- Body image issues
- Sexual and gender identity issues
Scope of services
Services are short-term, and students are able to utilize 6 therapy sessions per semester. For those students looking for a more long-term relationship with a counselor, we can assist in the facilitation of a referral to a mental health practitioner in the nearby community. We operate from a student-centered perspective, in which the student takes an active role in his or her treatment. Our therapeutic services are primarily strength-based and solution focused, with emphasis on behavior-based problem solving. Some students experience needs outside the scope of our services, for example: conditions requiring close coordination with psychiatrists or other providers; conditions with persistent symptoms of risk to personal safety; and conditions requiring access to therapists outside of normal business hours. These students are encouraged to consult with us for an assessment of their symptoms (diagnostic evaluation), and assistance with a referral to mental health providers in the community.
If you are in need of psychiatric medication management, there are some resources available in the Worcester community. However, because psychiatric medication resources are pretty limited in the Worcester area, we urge you to keep your mental health prescriber (or Pediatrician/Primary Care Physician) from home. Many students currently do this, and follow up appointments can be easily scheduled during school breaks. However, if it's not possible to keep your mental health prescriber from home, we are able to help students connect with a psychiatric prescriber.
Confidentiality and safety
The entire staff at CPG takes students' privacy very seriously, and our personal and professional ethics guide us in ensuring that the services students receive here remain confidential. The service is confidential for students and information is not shared without permission, except in these following cases:
- When a counselor believes you present an imminent danger to yourself or others
- When a counselor believes the life and safety of a readily identifiable third person is endangered
- When a counselor believes that a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation
- When disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings
The Center for Counseling and Personal Growth is located at 501 Park Avenue, adjacent to Health Services. Our building is located a few blocks from campus. To view a map of where our center is located, select here.
Hours of Operation
Our counseling center is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm when school is in session. It is open on a limited basis during Fall, Winter and Spring breaks and is closed during the summer (May 15th to August 15th). Depending on the time of year, students are generally seen within a week of their request for an initial appointment. During peak times of use, such as November and April, students may have to wait a little longer to get in.
Please note that the counseling center is closed during lunch each day from 12-1pm and the doors will be locked. For students who have 1pm appointments, please be assured that the doors will be unlocked at 12:50pm.
How to make an appointment
You can call the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth at (508)793-7678 to schedule an initial appointment that is convenient to your schedule. If this is your first time coming to CPG in the current academic year, you will meet with a therapist for a triage session. This 20-minute session helps the therapist get to know you and your concerns. At the end of the session, the two of you will determine the best course of action, including individual or group counseling at CPG or pursuing counseling services elsewhere. You will have intake forms to complete prior to your appointment so please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes before you are scheduled to meet with the therapist.
Please make note that when you schedule your appointments at CPG, you have reserved this time in our schedule and we have placed it aside to meet with you. If you must cancel or change your appointment, we require that you contact our office at (508)793-7678 at least 12 hours in advance. This will allow our staff to contact students who are waiting for an appointment and offer them this appointment time. Therefore, if you do not keep your appointment and have not called to cancel or reschedule within the allotted time limit, you will be responsible for a Missed Appointment Fee of $25.
NOTE: We do not allow parents or staff to schedule appointments for a student. In addition, we do not reach out to students by request to begin the scheduling process. All appointments must be made by the person seeking counseling.