The Counseling Center provides initial assessment and consultation services to all students who have paid the student fee for
Counseling Center services. The objective of these initial services is to clarify a student's personal concerns and/or difficulties
and to identify the best ways to address them. From these initial assessment services, recommendations will be made about
appropriate services available either at the Center and/or other specialized services available elsewhere on campus or in the community.
These recommendations will be based on: a) the student's concern/difficulty, b) the brief therapy approach used in our Center,
c) the professional staff's expertise and availability, d) the resources available in the Center, and e) the availability of other
on- or off-campus resources that would be better suited to a student's needs.
If a student's needs can be appropriately served by the Counseling Center, she/he may be referred for
additional services such as ongoing meetings with a specific counselor. Individual counselors are
available to meet to discuss a wide range of topics. Counselors may see an individual for a one-time
appointment or for recurring, weekly meetings. In general, the counseling center provides short-term
counseling and meetings take place once a week for 45-50 minutes. Individual clients
sometimes return for counseling when a new issue arises that she/he may want to discuss with a
The Counseling Center provides counseling to couples and partners (both are required to be students at KSC): roommates, married couples,
divorcing couples, couples who are dating, and same-sex couples. Change, conflict, and
adjustment are a part of every close relationship. Counseling can help you understand and improve
a troubled relationship or enhance a good one.
Groups and Classes
Every semester the Counseling Center offers a wide selection of groups and classes. Most groups and
classes meet once a week for about 8-10 weeks during the semester. Commitments to these experiences
are for a limited period of time with new groups/classes forming each semester. We offer both
therapy groups and support groups to enhance an individual's health and well-being.
The Counseling Center presents programs for residence hall members, fraternities, sororities,
athletic teams and academic classes. These programs are educational in nature; they are often
experiential, thus allowing students to interact and discuss specific content areas. Some of the
topics covered include homesickness, eating disorders, going home for the holidays, long distance
relationships, dreams, date rape, sexual assault/harassment, alcohol use and abuse.
The Counseling Center works closely with other professionals in the Keene community. Where requested
or needed, we refer to other resources in the community.
Consultation to Faculty, Staff and Students
Our belief is that prevention and early intervention are helpful in assisting students to achieve
personal and academic success at Keene State College. We welcome consultations about psychological
and educational issues. We work directly with faculty and staff about how to work
effectively with different student populations.
Support for Families
Because of confidentiality we can never confirm or deny that a student is being seen at the
Counseling Center. Parents of Keene State students often call the Counseling Center when concerned
about their son's or daughter's well-being. We can listen and support; we can refer the parent to
other resources on campus, like Residential Life. We do not initiate contact with students except
in extreme situations. We are willing to meet with families of students if the client requests such
meetings as part of their on-going work. Parents who have specific concerns about their son or daughter
should call and ask to speak with the Director or Assistant Director. These concerns will be addressed
in such a way that every client's confidentiality is maintained.
Sexual Assault/Harassment Education and Prevention Program
The Counseling Center coordinates campus-wide programs designed to inform students about sexual
assault and sexual harassment from policy and procedures to prevention and risk reduction. Programs
can be requested by any club, organization or residence hall by calling the co-Advisor, Forrest
Seymour, at 358-2047. Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures
Critical Incident Support Team
The Keene State College Critical Incident Support Team is based in the Counseling Center.
The team is made up of counselors, faculty, staff and students all of whom have been trained in the
CISD protocol. The CIS team is available in case of an emergency on campus to help all those
individuals or groups involved to get through a trauma, crisis or emergency. To contact the CIS
team, call the Counseling Center at 358-2437.