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The Counseling Center aims to support student’s mental and emotional health through a supportive environment. Students can work with a counselor in a safe and confidential setting and explore concerns to gain a better understanding of themselves and work towards resolutions that support their academic endeavors.
Welcome William Penn students! We are happy you have chosen to take a step toward your emotional health and well-being. We are here to help you develop and maintain the skills integral to mental health through hands-on workshops; individual, couples therapy; crisis intervention; consultations with parents, faculty, staff; and mental health training.
Counseling Services is staffed by licensed mental health professionals with graduate degrees in independent social work. We work with a range of students from different academic performance, traumatic experiences, suicidal thoughts, substance use, or anything else that might be going on for them. Rather than advice-giving, we offer a particular kind of listening (called “active listening”) and expertise in human development, along with strategies to support your personal, social, and emotional growth. You might be surprised how much talking with a professional can help. Our services are free, confidential, and available to all currently enrolled students. We look forward to working with you.
Tyne Smith, Campus Counselor
Because Counseling Services is funded by student fees, there are no additional charges at the time of service.
Crisis Intervention services is located at the William Penn Counseling Center on Fridays from 12:30 – 4:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome.
The WPU Counseling Center has created several Mental Health Wellbeing Workshops that will help you grow and learn by doing! We know that students are busy and can benefit from quick and useful tools for common presenting concerns. The Mental Health Workshop series is currently comprised of three unique workshops, all of which are broken up into 3 sessions (provided once per week) of 50 minutes each. All workshops come with a student workbook that will allow you to practice your new skills in between sessions.
Mental Health Workshops will be held every Tuesday at 11:00 in the Student Union in the Mahaska State Bank room. Lunch will be provided!
You are free to do more than one workshop and to repeat them as often as you like! If you plan on attending please arrive on time to maximize your learning and decrease a disturbance to others.
William Penn takes great pride in providing quality and professional services. However, due to special requirements of care, ineligibility for service, a need for extenuating services, or other reasons; you and your provider may decide that a referral to another agency or services provider would be most beneficial. William Penn partners with local services to provide additional resources for students.
|WPU Counseling Center||Student Union/Open Monday-Thursday 8-2||641-676-1703|
|WPU Campus Ministries||Student Union||641-673-2186|
|Eunoia Family Counseling||120 N Market St, Oskaloosa, IA 52577||641-569-8098|
|Southern Iowa Mental Health||410 N 12th St Suite 100, Oskaloosa, IA 52577||641-628-8772|
|A Ray of Hope Counseling||216 N B St, Oskaloosa, IA 52577||641-676-4545|
|First Resources Drop In Center||1907 17th Ave E, Oskaloosa, IA 52577||641-673-1421|
|Gateway Consultation & Counseling Services||108 1st Ave E, Oskaloosa, IA 52577||641-676-3720|
|Crisis Intervention Services||500 High Ave W, Oskaloosa, IA 52577|
|PFLAG Supporting the LGBTQ Community||501 High Ave E, Oskaloosa, IA firstname.lastname@example.org|
|SIEDA Community Action Group||114 North Market, Oskaloosa, IA 525677||641-673-8758|
|Iowa After Care||www.iowaaftercare.org/||800-433-8336|
|Youth Support Services||www.yss.org/||515-233-3141|
|South Central Behavioral Health Region||301 1st Ave E, Oskaloosa, IA 52577||641-673-0410|
|America Home Finding Association||217 E 5th St, Ottumwa, IA||641-682-3449|
The relationship, or fit, between therapist and client accounts for over 80% of what works in therapy. Make sure you trust your therapist and feel comfortable with them. If you attend or session or two and you don’t feel good with the therapist, go somewhere else!
Potential questions to ask therapists when you call:
Are you planning on or made an attempt to seriously injure yourself or someone else (or both)?
Do you feel unsafe because someone else is stalking you, abusing you, assaulting you, and/or seriously threatening to do any of those behaviors?
Are you unable to bathe, feed, or otherwise care for yourself due to a mental health concern (including substance abuse)?
Someone connected to you has passed away within the last few days?
Are you hearing voices or seeing things that others do not see or hear?
Are you unable to provide your own food, clothing, or shelter?
Are you having a severe reaction to a psychiatric medication?
These concerns or similar level of student distress warrants an Emergency session that same day.
Call/Walk to the Counseling Center for an ER session or call the following:
*If you are not experiencing a crisis but feel this is an urgent concern, please use the following link:
Monday- 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Tuesday- 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Wednesday- 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Thursday- 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Services are free to all registered students.
Dana M. Atkins Memorial Union
R Avenue West