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Mission, Vision and Values

​​​​​​​​​Mission
Counseling Center professional staff are highly trained to support students by providing counseling services and programs that enable the development of skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are essential for personal growth, successful academic progress, and student effectiveness. 

Vision
To deliver quality Counseling Center services that enhance the CMU community, facilitate personal growth and wellbeing, support inclusivity and diversity, and promote student engagement and success. ​

Shared Beliefs and Values
The Counseling Center supports the teaching, research, and service missions of the university by:

  • Providing excellent service to the university community
  • Ensuring continual staff professional development
  • Working cooperatively with campus partners to deliver courteous and effective services to students
  • Valuing equality and understanding the richness of diversity within the university community, the unique needs of its special populations, and by continually evaluating and advancing the services to these populations 
  • Maintaining an atmosphere of open communication, mutual trust, respect, and support in which individuals can achieve their full potential

Rights, Responsibilities, Confidentiality

Rights

  • To confidentiality
  • To ask questions and be informed about the nature of counseling and the Counseling Center's services 
  • To withdraw this consent to receive services at any time
  • To be treated with respect for your personal dignity, autonomy, and privacy
  • Not to be discriminated against because of your age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, size, disability, socioeconomic status, or any other visible or invisible differences
  • To request a different counselor than the one assigned to you
  • To terminate counseling at any time
  • To a defined counseling goal mutually decided upon by you and your counselor
  • To be informed if your counselor is ill or for other reasons unable to meet with you
  • To be referred to another helping professional if you desire or if your concerns go beyond our expertise or Scope of Practice

Responsibilities 
  • To inform the Counseling Center as soon as possible if you cannot meet your appointment time
  • To be on time for appointments with your counselor
  • To express honestly your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the counseling process
  • To be actively involved in the counseling process by identifying your concerns and working on them both in and between sessions 
  • To tell your counselor if you wish to terminate the counseling or wish to request a different counselor

Confidentiality

​The information you share in counseling is privileged and confidential. Counselors consult with one another as needed to assist students. A signed Consent for Release of Privileged Information form is required to disclose any information about the counseling you have received to a third party. There are exceptions to confidentiality. If you are under 18, discuss with your counselor how this may impact some aspects of confidentiality. Your counselor is required to report disclosed information to the appropriate authorities:

  1. When serious and foreseeable harm to you or others is evident;
  2. When release of confidential information is required by court order or requested by you;
  3. When child abuse or neglect is evident or suspected;
  4. When abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults who are vulnerable due to physical or mental impairment or advanced age is evident or suspected.
​The Counseling Center is required to keep records of your contacts with us. Client information is stored securely in an electronic medical record and some locked paper files. Clients may review their file by making this request in advance and reviewing it with a counselor. 

Parking

Commuter Student Parking: Lot 27 on Preston Street east of the Park Library, and Lot 33N on East Campus Drive east of Moore Hall and the Music Building.  Parking permits are required in all commuter lots. Students may also utilize the parking spots designated for Health Services in the parking areas around Foust Hall. Pay-n-Go is also available in Lot 27 .Click or touch Campus Map for more parking information.

Employment and Training Opportunities

Please refer to Central Michigan University's Human Resource's website for details and possible current university job opportunities or visit the Faculty Personnel Services web site for faculty job opportunities.

Training

Practicum/Internship Opportunities

The Counseling Center offers a practicum/internship opportunity for graduate level students in counseling, psychology and social work. Although specific Counseling Center requirements must be met, each student's graduate program requirements are unique and will be honored if possible. 

Students selected for a practicum/internship will function as a member of the team. Students will receive individual supervision as well as participate in team case consultation, staff meetings, and professional development.

Application Procedure

Individuals wishing to apply for a practicum/internship experience must submit appropriate materials to the Counseling Center. Please contact the Counseling Center with questions. 

Comments and Suggestions

The Counseling Center welcomes your comments and suggestions concerning the services we provide. Please discuss any questions or concerns about your counseling or the Counseling Center with your counselor, the Counseling Center Executive Director Melissa Hutchinson, or  Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Tony Voisin (989) 774-3346.  Formal complaints about a counselor may be made to the state licensing board:  State of Michigan, Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, BPL/Investigations & Inspections, Division P.O. Box 30670, Lansing MI 48909-8170, Phone: (517) 373-9196.