Each student may have an initial assessment in which the student’s needs for treatment are assessed and treatment recommendations are made. This may include referrals to other resources on campus and in the community.
After the initial assessment, it may be determined that a student’s needs exceed what can be accommodated by our short-term model and/or staff expertise. Therefore under these circumstances, we may refer a student to a more appropriate level of care or to an alternate service provider in the area.
The Counseling Center provides time limited, brief individual counseling (typically 8 sessions maximum per semester) as well as unlimited group counseling sessions to currently enrolled SUNY Cortland students. Most students at SUNY Cortland are seen for only 5 individual sessions, and find that their concerns can be resolved within that time frame. Brief interventions appear to meet the needs of the majority of students seen at college counseling centers.