Welcome to Center for Counseling and Personal Growth
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.
Clark University currently has a contract with a psychiatrist, Daniel Kirsch, MD, who is part of UMASS Memorial Department of Psychiatry. In order to see Dr. Kirsch, a student needs to be actively attending and utilizing counseling services at CPG on a regular basis. If a student chooses not to attend counseling at CPG, we can help them connect with other psychiatry services in the Worcester area.
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.
How To Make an Appointment
You can call the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth at (508)793-7678 to schedule an initial intake appointment that is convenient to your schedule.
Please Note: A limited number of same-day appointments are available each day for students who need to be seen on that same day. Scheduling of these appointments starts at 9:00am each day Monday-Friday. If you are in need of a same day appointment, please call CPG at (508)793-7678 and inform the receptionist of your need to be seen that day and we will make every attempt to respond to you as soon as possible. Same-day appointments are only available to students who are not currently in treatment at CPG. These appointments typically last 20 minutes. If you are able to wait for an initial intake appointment (not a same-day appointment), these appointments typically last 50 minutes.
For both same-day first appointments and initial intake appointments, please be sure to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your appointment in order to complete the initial paperwork. You and your counselor will then begin an assessment of your concerns and decide how CPG may be of assistance to you. By the end of the first appointment, your counselor will help you summarize your concerns and explore treatment options for resolving them.
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.
For any other questions, please feel free to email CPG Director, Megan Kersting, at firstname.lastname@example.org.