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.
Services are short-term, and solution-focused. 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, 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.
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 for a therapist and $50 for the psychiatrist.
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.