Student Counseling Center & Student Health Services
Student Counseling Center
The Student Counseling Center offers individual, group, and couples counseling on a variety of subjects. Counselors also host regular programs on the Baldwin City campus, dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress management, relaxation, eating disorders, athletic performance, suicide, and drug and alcohol abuse.
519 Grove St. | The yellow brick house at the corner of Sixth and Grove.
Monday – Friday
Clinic: 9 a.m. – noon; 1 – 4 p.m.
By appointment: 785.594.8365
Student Health Services
Starting January 1, 2019, students will receive health services at Family Medicine of Baldwin City, 785.594.2512.
Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Baldwin Family Medicine provides a range of medical professionals: doctors, nurse practitioners, phlebotomist, and nursing staff. The clinic also offers X-ray and laboratory capabilities. Students may schedule a same-day appointment—12 same-day appointments are available daily—or schedule for a future date.
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunization. Two doses required at least 28 days apart for students born after 1956.
- Varicella (Varicella-zoster virus or chickenpox). At least one dose is required. Two doses are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) immunization booster within the last 10 years.
- Meningitis (MCV4) immunization. Two doses of MCV4 are recommended. If the first dose is given before the 16th birthday, then a booster is required.
- Polio series completed. Primary series, doses at least 28 days apart. Three primary series are acceptable.
- Completion of the TB (tuberculosis) screening questionnaire (see health history form). If further testing is deemed necessary, the Office of the Dean of Students will notify the student via university email. The student will have until October 1 to have testing completed.
- ALL NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS coming to Baker University are required to provide documentation of the results of a TB skin test before moving into campus housing. If a student tests positive, the student is required to have a Quantiferon Gold TB blood test and provide documentation. The Quantiferon Gold test can be ordered and completed at Family Medicine of Baldwin City for a fee if it has not been completed or documentation is not available from the home country. A chest X-ray is required for students with a positive Quantiferon test. If the student has received treatment for tuberculosis, documentation of treatment is required.
Proof of Immunization
- A personal immunization record signed by a health care provider
- A physician or clinic report stating all immunization records or blood titers
- A copy of school immunization record
A waiver can be signed for religious/philosophical exemption. If the waiver is signed, a student is required to have counseling with the nurse practitioner and is informed that in the case of any outbreak of disease such as measles, mumps, rubella or meningitis, the student must leave campus temporarily. Once the threat of the disease is over, the student will be allowed to return to campus.
- All students who do not complete this requirement:
- Will have five calendar days from the first date of classes to produce records or receive new immunizations.
- After this date, the student will have an academic HOLD placed on his or her account. With this hold in place, the student is restricted from using major functions of the Office of the Registrar (e.g., prohibited from preenrollment activities).
- Staff of the Office of the Dean of Students will remove the hold when it has been determined that the student has met compliance standards.
- Residential students who do not complete this requirement:
- Will have five calendar days from the date of move-in to produce records or receive new immunizations.
- After this date, students may be required to leave university housing with no refund.
- Students may return upon proof of required immunizations.
Fall | Aug. 1
Interterm | Dec. 1
Spring | Jan. 1
Or within two weeks of admission to the university, whichever is latest
Residential students are required to submit the online immunization records form before moving into university-owned housing.
Additional Paperwork for Athletes
All athletes must complete an additional physical by a medical doctor before being allowed to participate in their sport. The form is available on the Sports Medicine pages of the Baker University athletic website.
A voluntary health insurance plan is available, through the Office of Human Resources. Students who are not covered by their parents’ health insurance are encouraged to enroll. Insurance coverage is mandatory for international students and student-athletes.
Missed Class Because of Illness
If it is necessary to miss class because of injury or illness, it is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her professors. It is at the discretion of the professor whether to grant an excused absence. Absences of more than three consecutive days should be reported to the Office of Student Affairs.
Students who live in a residence hall and become ill in the evening or on a weekend should contact a resident assistant or hall manager. The assistants are trained in first aid. For nonemergency care, you can be seen at Prompt Care in Lawrence, 3511 Clinton Pl. #B, 785.838.1500, at the student’s expense. If immediate emergency care is needed, dial 911 for Douglas County Sheriff’s Emergency Service, 24 hours a day.
The mission of the Baker University Health Center is to promote wellness and maximize on students’ strengths to ensure success. Counseling services further seeks to promote the health and well-being of the Baldwin City campus community as a whole. This is accomplished by providing mental health services, outreach, and educational opportunities and by fostering collaborative relationships across the university as a whole.
Our services are confidential as governed by the State of Kansas. All counseling records are kept separate from all academic, administrative, disciplinary and medical records. No information about a student’s contact with Counseling Services is released without the knowledge and written consent of the student. Exceptions to this rule occur only in the circumstances outlined below.
We are allowed to break confidentiality in the following circumstances:
- A client presents a serious threat of violence to another.
- There is reasonable suspicion of child-, elder-, or adult dependent-abuse.
- We are ordered to release records by a court order.
- A client presents a threat of harm to her or himself in order to protect her or his safety.
Counseling Services for Students
Couples counseling is also available, as long as one of the partners in the couple is a currently enrolled Baker student. Couples can be married or dating, heterosexual or homosexual. If you have a concern about a significant aspect of your relationship, feel free to bring your partner with you to the session so both of you can discuss your concerns with your counselor.
Group counseling consists of meetings of groups of students on campus (typically linked by a campus-related organization) who share a similar concern. Similarly, groups on campus may use the Counseling Center to explore issues that arise in their group.
Consultation takes place in a variety of ways. One example of consultation occurs when a student comes to Counseling Services to ask for information about a specific topic area in psychology or to seek advice regarding how to be helpful to a friend in need. In addition, a campus organization or group may ask a Counseling Center psychologist to present on a specific topic of relevance for their group. For example, a sorority may be interested in having a member of the Counseling Center staff present on relaxation and stress management.
Counseling Referral Practices
Baker University Counseling Center provides psychological evaluation and limited treatment of some emotional problems. Because of limitation of staff and appropriate facilities, the Counseling Center cannot offer comprehensive mental health services. If our counseling services are not the most appropriate for meeting a student’s needs, referrals to other resources within the local community will be made.
Guidelines for Determining When to Make a Referral
These guidelines can be used to determine which students have needs best met by services other than those of the Baker University Counseling Center.
- Students with long histories of psychiatric difficulty of more than moderate severity or a history of multiple psychiatric hospitalizations
- Students with history of suicide attempt(s) with intended serious self-harm
- Students with chronic and/or present self-destructive behaviors that are life threatening
- Students manifesting psychosis
- Students with diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective or schizophreniform disorder
- Students with newly diagnosed bipolar affective illness, unstable bipolar illness or a history of treatment noncompliance
- Students in need of or likely to have a need for care that cannot be provided in an outpatient setting (e.g., hospitalization) or will not be maintaining self in school (i.e., therapy will need to be of such duration that it is not feasible within the confines of Baker University Counseling Center)
- History of impulsive, serious risk taking, or dangerous behavior
- Severe alcoholism and/or drug abuse for which a student refuses appropriate treatment
After-Hours Emergency Contacts
Headquarters 24-hour hotline: 785.841.2345
Bert Nash Mental Health Center: 785.843.9192
National suicide hotline: 800.273.8255
Counseling Center FAQ
What does the Counseling Center offer?
Does it cost anything to use Counseling Services?
Who knows about my visits to Counseling Services?
How many times will I meet with a counselor?
Who can make use of Counseling Services?
What will happen when I go to Counseling Services?
Will you share information about my counseling sessions with my parents?
How do I make an appointment?
What do people talk about in counseling?
Do you prescribe medications?
Information for Faculty & Staff
Helping Students in Distress: Tips for Faculty & Staff
At one time or another, everyone feels depressed or upset. However, some warning signs, when present over a period of time, suggest that the problems are more than the “normal” ones.
Signs of Distress
- Serious grade problems
- Unaccountable change from good to poor performance
- Change from frequent attendance to excessive absences
- Change in pattern of interaction
- Marked change in mood
- Marked change in physical appearance
- Repeated request for special consideration
- New or regularly occurring behavior that pushes the limits and may interfere with class management
- Unusual or exaggerated emotional response
- Highly disruptive behavior, e.g., hostility, aggression
- Inability to communicate clearly, e.g., garbled, slurred speech, disjointed thoughts
- Loss of contact with reality, e.g. seeing or hearing things that are not there, belief or actions at odds with reality
- Overt suicidal or homicidal thoughts
When to Refer
- When student problems are outside of your competence area
- When student is using you as a resource beyond what is “normal” for you
- When you feel uncomfortable
- When you need to protect yourself
Tips for Making a Referral
- Talk to the student in private, expressing concern in non-judgmental terms.
- Let the student know about the resources available to him or her.
- Provide information to the student about the Baker Counseling Center.
- If need be, call the Counseling Center with the student.
- Continue to be supportive of the student, but not be a therapist to the student.
Education & Outreach for Faculty & Staff
Educational presentations may address such topics as lifestyle wellness, stress management, depression, suicidality, acquaintance rape, gay and lesbian issues, leadership training and eating disorders. Unique presentation can be created depending on the desired topic.
785.594.8409 or 785.594.8365
Information for Parents
Perhaps your son or daughter has recently started counseling at our Center or you believe they would benefit from seeking counseling. Below is information about Counseling Services we hope will be helpful.
What does Counseling Services provide?
My child is under 18 years of age. Does that make a difference?
I’m worried my child might have an eating disorder. What should I do?
Can the counselor talk to me about my son or daughter?
How can my child make an appointment?
Readings & Resources
Empty Nest. . .Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College, Andrea Van Steenhouse (2002).
Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, Karen Levin Coburn, Madge Lawrence Treeger (2003).
Helping Your Student
A Parent’s Guide to Sex, Drugs, and Flunking Out: Answers to the Questions Your College Student Doesn’t Want You to Ask, Joel Epstein (2001).
You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, Marjorie Savage (2003).
For Students & Parents
College Rules! How to Study, Survive and Succeed in College, Sherrie L. Nist, Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Sherrie Nist (2002).
The Ultimate College Survival Guide, Janet Farrar Worthington, Ronald Farrar (1995).
Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories About College, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Dan Clark, Jack Canfield (1999).
Bibliography Notes on Transition
College Of The Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis And What To Do About It by Richard Kadison, M.D. & Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, 2004.
Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money by E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller, 2000.
How To Survive And Thrive In An Empty Nest: Reclaiming Your Life When Your Children Have Grown by Robert H. Lauer, 1999.
When Your Kid Goes To College: A Parent’s Survival Guide by Carol Barkin, 1999.
Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School To College by Patrick Pasick, 1998.
Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey From Home To College by Andrea Van Steenhouse & Johanna Parker, 1998.
Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide To Understanding The College Years by Karen Levin Coburn, 1997.
P.O. Box 65 Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-594-6451