CPG is here to support you!
CPG offers several types of one-on-one counseling services, including short-term therapy, single session therapy (SST), and same-day crisis appointments. For academic year 2020-2021, CPG will be offering both in-person and virtual individual therapy sessions. To help build comfort and connection in the therapeutic relationship, in-person sessions will be the default while virtual will be available on a case-by-case basis upon clinical consideration. All therapy services offered through CPG are free.
There are three ways that a student can request an appointment at CPG:
- Go to our Meet the Staff webpage and click on the “Request an Appointment with….” link at the bottom of the counselor bio whom you feel you would like to meet with. This will take you to a form where you can list your preferences for a counselor as well as your availability. Once you fill out this form, our administrative assistant will contact you to schedule an appointment.
- Email CPG at email@example.com and request an appointment.
- Call CPG at (508)793-7678 and speak to our administrative assistant. Calling is the quickest way to schedule an appointment.
A few hours prior to your first time appointment, you will be sent a link to complete your initial forms. These forms typically take around 15-20 minutes to fill out and we ask that you complete these forms at least an hour before you are scheduled to meet with the therapist so she or he has time to review the forms prior to the meetings.
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.
If you would like to see an off-campus therapist:
We are committed to helping students find local resources regardless of where they are located and whether or not CPG can provide services in their area. CPG will provide referral and/or consultation services to help students connect locally in instances where CPG cannot provide services. There are several resources you use to find a therapist in your community, including the Psychology Today Therapist Finder tool (which searches by Zip code in the United States and by town or postal code in 15+ other countries) and your insurance company’s provider search tool. If you need additional help in locating a therapist, please contact CPG at firstname.lastname@example.org, and a staff member can assist you.
In the first time appointment, you will discuss your struggles with the therapist and the two of you will develop a treatment plan that could include a follow up appointment at CPG, a referral to a therapy group, using CPG services on an “as needed” basis, or referring you to a therapist outside of CPG. If you desire to meet with a therapist on a regular and long-term basis, you are welcome to utilize the Worcester Community Counselor Collaborative, which is a collection of independent therapists (not affiliated with Clark CPG) who see students through their insurance or sliding scale fee at the counseling center in the evenings and weekends. If you are interested in using this option, please call CPG at (508)793-7678 to get more information.
Sometimes all that is desired or needed is a single session or two to process, problem-solve, and learn about useful tools and resources. Other times, due to the severity and/or complexity of the problem, a student may require several sessions of therapy at CPG.
It’s important to understand that CPG is limited to a brief therapy model. When short-term therapy is indicated, sessions may be scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis. In some cases, a student may meet with a therapist weekly for a few weeks and then transition to an every other week or monthly basis. In other cases, a student may meet with a therapist at CPG for a few sessions to help with a problem and that is all they need. You initial therapist will help you determine a plan that is right for you.
In group therapy, 4-8 students meet weekly with 1-2 group facilitators, who help promote a safe and confidential environment, in which all members can develop a sense of trust and begin to work through their challenges in their own way. A list of our robust group offerings at CPG can be found on the Group Webpage on the CPG website.
If you are in need of a psychiatric medication, CPG offers a limited amount of psychiatric care for the Clark community. Because the demand for psychiatry appointments is very high, CPG offers medication appointments with a psychiatrist for assessment and stabilization of symptoms. Once a student’s mental health symptoms are stabilized with medication, they are either referred to a physician at Clark University Health Services or a psychiatrist in the community for continued medication management. Because psychiatric resources are very limited at CPG and in the Worcester community, 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 recommend that you contact a Worcester area mental health clinic to arrange an initial appointment. A list of specific mental health clinics in the Worcester area can be found on the Off-Campus Mental Health Resources webpage on the CPG website.
** Please note that psychiatric medication management services at CPG are available only for students who are actively involved in counseling at CPG.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or feel that you need to see a therapist for an immediate issue, CPG is able to see you for a same-day appointment to help you focus on the crisis at hand, manage your discomfort, and develop a plan. This year, CPG is offering “Walk-In Hours” between 1pm and 3pm Monday-Friday. During business hours (9am-5pm), we ask that you call CPG at (508)793-7678 and we will work to provide you with an immediate appointment with one of our CPG mental health professionals or interns.
Generally, a crisis entails one or more of the following:
- Having experienced a recent physical or sexual assault or another significant trauma
- Your life is currently in danger
- Having intention or plans of hurting or killing yourself or someone else (or concern about someone else’s suicidal thoughts or behaviors)
- Losing touch with reality or having otherwise disturbing experiences or behaviors (such as hearing or seeing things that others do not)
Here are some other ways that you can connect with help if you are having a mental health emergency.
CPG After Hours provides telephonic mental health support by professional therapists when CPG is not open. Students can use CPG After Hours when they feel overwhelmed and need someone to talk to in the moment. It’s also helpful if they need help if they are experiencing a panic attack, suicidal thoughts, or any other heightened mental health situation. CPG After Hours counselors have extensive training in helping students feel more stable when their emotional state is overwhelmed.
Students can access CPG After Hours between 5pm and 9am on weekdays and 24 hours on weekend. To connect with a professional therapy through CPG After Hours, call the counseling center at (508) 793-7678 and select option #2 on the voicemail prompt. This will automatically connect you to a CPG After Hours counselor who is familiar with the Clark University campus and can provide therapeutic consultation and intervention options.
CPG After Hours is a confidential resource. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm), you can still call CPG and talk to a CPG counselor in person.
NOTE: This resource is also available to Clark students who are located in a state outside of Massachusetts. It is also available for international students who are located in a different country as well.
This is a mental health initiative at Clark University to bring licensed mental health providers on campus to provide low-cost, longer-term mental health care to the Clark student community. These mental health providers function like therapists in an independent private practice setting and have no affiliation with Clark University, however they are able to see Clark students on campus at CPG during weekday evening hours and weekends. Students utilize their health insurance or pay a low-cost/sliding scale fee for these services. WCCC therapists manage their own scheduling and treatment plan of students. This option is ideal for students who are seeking more frequent sessions on a longer-term basis or have limited availability to schedule sessions during normal business hours (9am to 5pm). If you are interested in this option of care, please contact CPG to learn about the process of connecting with treatment from a WCCC therapist. A list of participating therapists in the WCCC can be found HERE on the CPG website.
Because of constraints established by state professional licensure laws, CPG counselors and interns are not able to provide psychotherapy remotely to students studying away. Therefore, CPG counselors and interns cannot engage in providing mental health treatment to students studying in different countries and states (this includes Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and telephonic exchanges). If you are in need of therapy while you are studying abroad, your study abroad program typically has designated therapists in the area to whom they can refer you. To help connect with a therapist associated with your study abroad program, please contact us at email@example.com and we can help you with the process of locating an appropriate therapist for you.