Who are the Counselors?
A licensed Professional Counselor is characterized by:
a. Having the primary duty and responsibility of providing specialized licensed professional counseling to address personal, social, emotional and physical issues and needs impacting the students' education;
b. Functioning as a resource of instruction in a variety of settings, teach study and learning skills, time management, stress management, coping skills, mental health awareness, etc.; and
c. Functioning as the primary participant in crisis counseling, behavioral intervention services and other high Level assessment situations.
Usually the first counseling session is exploratory in nature. In this first session, the counselor wants to get to know about you, your concern(s), and to help you assess how counseling services can best serve you. Succeeding sessions will be devoted to finding and exploring ways to achieve the goals you establish with the counselor. The counselor works with the counselee to discover their own unique solutions, and processes.
If you need more extensive service, or if referral is determined, your counselor can assist you in finding appropriate off-campus counseling or support services.
Ethics and Professional Standards
Lansing Community College Counselors are bound by Michigan Law to uphold strict counseling guidelines. You have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, with nondiscrimination and with sensitivity. You also have the right to an individualized service plan that reflects your problems and/or needs. You have the responsibility to choose the treatment provider and treatment method that you feel is best for you, so if you believe you are not making adequate progress, please discuss that with us. We will make every effort to assist you in attaining the treatment goals you desire or in transferring to another therapist. If you have any questions about professional standards, also please feel free to discuss them with us. The State of Michigan, Department of Commerce, Office of Health Services protects your health and safety by providing a complaint process against counselors who would commit acts of unprofessional conduct. If you are concerned, contact the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Investigations Division, Allegation Section, P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan 48909 -8170 or call (517) 373-9196, Fax(517) 241-2389, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Confidentiality and Records:
Michigan State Law requires that you be informed of the following information: All information and issues discussed in the course of therapy are strictly confidential with the following exceptions. Information concerning treatment or evaluation may be released only with the written consent of the person treated. Exceptions to this confidentiality are made by law if there is suspected child abuse or neglect, potential harm to oneself or to others. In order to stay current and provide the best possible service, Counseling Services counselors occasionally consult with community professionals in case conferences. Names of students are not given.