Stevens Student Counseling and Disability Services (SCADS) primary mission is to provide short-term, solution-focused personal counseling services to the students of Stevens Institute of Technology. Further, SCADS aims to serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff at SIT when addressing psychological and emotional concerns that may range from mild concerns to crises. Second, SCADS aims to coordinate disability accommodations and services. Third, SCADS supports the academic mission of SIT by providing advanced training for psychologists, establishing collaborations with area graduate programs and facilitating on-site research in the areas of best practices to enhance SCADS services.
The diverse staff at SCADS recognizes that many factors such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, socioeconomic status and other unique issues are significant in students' lives. We welcome all students with respect and are sensitive to diversity. SCADS does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race or ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or ability/disability. We value students’ individuality. We provide a supportive environment in which identity issues can be discussed.
What Is Psychological Counseling?
Psychological Counseling promotes mental and physical health in a warm and welcoming environment. You will objectively look at behaviors, feelings and thoughts in situations that you may find troublesome. Psychological counseling can be valuable in helping you make the changes you would like to make in your life by providing adaptive and effective strategies and techniques for coping with stressors. Psychological Counseling involves meeting with a trained professional who can help you cope, work, and resolve different issues. Counseling can also help you learn about yourself, explore different career paths, and help you make difficult decisions.
During your first meeting you and your psychologist will explore your decision to begin psychological counseling and will discuss your concerns. You will discuss the options for what help is available, including which staff psychologist will be assigned to meet with you regularly. You can express a preference either to continue counseling, not continue, or be referred to another source of assistance.
What Services Are Available?
- Free and confidential counseling to all enrolled Stevens students
- Disability eligibility determinations, accommodations & advocacy
- Workshops and Training seminars
- Referrals to outside agencies when needed or requested
- Consultations to staff, faculty & students
- Group Therapy
- Psychiatric services for students who cannot access healthcare
What Issues Do People Talk About In Counseling?
Some Reasons to Seek Counseling:
Adjusting to college, acculturation issues, difficulty coping, stress, past traumatic experiences, social concerns, sexuality, family crisis , excessive video gaming, roommate concerns and other personal issues.
Depression, anxiety, panic, eating disorders, substance misuse/abuse, suicidality, attention/concentration difficulties, sleep disorders and other psychological issues.
Communication skills, dating/relationships, conflict management.
Crisis Intervention Services
Acute stress, sexual assault, death of a family member or friend.
These are just a few of the reasons fellow students may seek counseling. Our door is open to you!
How Do I Know If Counseling Will Help Me?
There are times when everyone feels stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious. However, sometimes these feelings last for a long time or become difficult to manage. They may start interfering with your health, relationships, schoolwork, or social life. If this happens, counseling may help.
How Do I Get Started?
- Visit us at the Howe Center, 7th floor and complete a brief application for services.
- Call our office at 201-216-5177 and we can schedule an appointment for you
- *E-mail us at: [email protected]
*Note: Keep in mind e-mail is not a confidential form of communication. E-mail is NOT to be used for emergencies. For emergencies during normal business hours, please come directly to our office on the 7th floor of the Howe Center OR Contact Campus Police at 201-216-3911.
For after hour emergencies, please contact Campus Police at 201-216-3911