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The Carruth Center will be closed November 24th, 25th and 26th during Fall Recess.   We will still have 24/7 phone counseling available to students during this time and you can reach that by calling (304)293-4431 x1. 

Orientation to Services

Thank you for trusting us to assist you with your personal concerns. The Carruth Center is staffed by social workers, psychologists, counselors, and graduate students-in-training who work collaboratively to address the psychological needs of our students. 

Orientation Topics


Starting Services

As we navigate the pandemic we are constantly assessing how we provide our services taking in consideration both student needs and public health.  We are currently using a hybrid model which consists of both in person services and telehealth. Together, we will have conversations about most appropriate services based upon clinical recommendations, client/counselor preference and evolving public health needs. 

To get connected to services, students may choose from these options:

 Call the center at 304-293-4431 and request an initial consultation appointment.   

Schedule an in-person initial consultation appointment online by visiting our scheduling page

We also have services for HSC students and WVU athletes that prefer to have their services at one of our satellite locations:

Our Services

How to determine which service is best for you:


Let's Chat Consultation Appointments Urgent/Crisis Clinic Counseling
Duration
1 meeting
1-3 sessions
1-2 sessions
Ongoing, short-term and time limited
Presentation Type Informal meeting about a concern that can benefit from immediate problem-solving or time-limited support
More formal consultation about a concern that can benefit from immediate problem-solving or time-limited support that may need a follow up session or two
You are experiencing intense symptoms of depression, grief, anxiety, panic, suicidal ideation and are having trouble managing them in the moment
You want to find effective ways to address symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, loneliness, body image, disordered eating, alcohol and other drugs, etc.
Common Presenting Concerns
  • Roommate conflict
  • Deciding about dropping a class
  • Need info about the campus
  • Unsure if counseling is a good option, etc.
  • Recent break up
  • Trying to decide about changing your major
  • Need help managing a conflict, etc.

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Recent trauma
  • Big change in your mental health symptoms
  • Grief associated with the death/loss of a family member or friend
  • You want to address conflict with partners, roommates or family members
  • You want to learn about your depression, anxiety or mood fluctuations
  • You are struggling with adjustment, acculturation, identity issues, etc.
  • You have experienced trauma and/or assault
Type of Treatment
Does not constitute Mental Health Treatment. Not part of your releasable records.
Mental Health Treatment. Part of your releasable records.
Mental Health Urgent/Crisis Support. Part of your releasable records.
Mental Health Treatment. Part of your releasable records.
Documentation Required
No initial paperwork.
Some initial paperwork and initial appointment are required.
Some initial paperwork is needed. No initial appointment needed.
Initial paperwork and initial appointment are required to start treatment.
How to Schedule
Just sign up and talk. Visit the Let's Chat page for more information.
Call the Carruth Center at  304-293-4431 or visit our online scheduling page.
Just stop in to the Carruth Center or call us at  304-293-4431.
Call the Carruth Center at  304-293-4431 or visit our  online scheduling page.
Time Commitment  No commitment for treatment.

If you need counseling, every effort will be made to refer you to other appropriate resources.
No commitment for more treatment.

If you could benefit from a higher level of care, every effort will be made to refer you to appropriate resources.
No commitment for more treatment.

If you could benefit from a higher level of care, every effort will be made to refer you to appropriate resources.
Commitment to short term treatment and working on things outside of session in order to improve your situation, symptoms, etc. This could involve workshops, group counseling or individual counseling.

If you could benefit from a higher level of care, specialty care or longer term treatment, every effort will be made to refer you to appropriate resources.

Eligibility  

Who can use Carruth Center services? 

  • Any main campus (Morgantown) student enrolled in courses for the current semester. 

Initial Appointment

Students interested in counseling services will participate in an initial consultation session during their first visit. If your concerns are not urgent and/or you wish to set up regular services, scheduling an appointment will set  aside a time for you and reduce your wait time. 

Some things to expect during your initial appointment:

  • You will be asked to arrive 30 minutes early to complete some paperwork and some forms on a iPad
  • It's a good idea to bring your schedule, your WVU student ID card, and your WVU student ID number with you for your initial appointment.
  • You will meet, briefly (~30 minutes), with one of our clinical staff
  • You will have an opportunity to talk about your reasons for visiting and will be asked several questions so the therapist can better understand your needs
  • You will be provided with information about services/treatment options which include:
    • Group counseling
    • Workshops
    • Brief individual counseling
    • Relationship counseling
    • Referral to other services (e.g., therapists in the community, psychiatry)

Your therapist will help you decide what treatment best fits your needs and will discuss follow up care with you.

Cancellation Policy

Regular attendance is an important part of participation in therapy services. If you must miss appointments, keep in mind the following:

  • It is your responsibility to notify your therapist or the Carruth Center of your need to cancel (please do so 24 hours in advance if possible).
  • If you fail to cancel your appointment or repeatedly cancel appointments, your therapist may be unable to hold an appointment time for you.
  • Students who routinely miss and/or cancel appointments may be reassigned to services through our drop in hours.

Fees

Mandated Counseling

Counseling to meet the requirements of alcohol/substance use–related sanctions are available for a fee from our staff in the  Student Assistance Program. Other types of judicial, academic program or court mandated counseling are not provided at CCCPS. Read more about  mandated referrals.

Withdrawals and Requests for Letters 

CCCPS staff do not manage withdrawal requests and cannot provide “medical withdrawals.” Only in rare circumstances, for ongoing clients, are CCCPS staff able to provide letters regarding use of services for various purposes (e.g., financial aid appeals). The decision as to whether to provide a letter and what to include is made by your therapist.

Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CCCPS) does not prescribe Emotional Support Animals and will not issue letters of support for ESAs. We will, however, work with students experiencing symptoms of emotional distress or difficulty adjusting to their environment; our professional staff is available to assess and provide treatment .

Read more about our policy about Emotional Support Animals.

Technology and Social Media 

For your privacy and care, CCCPS staff do not communicate/interact with students who are clients via Facebook, Twitter, or other social media outlets. 

Minors

If you are under age 18, please note the law may provide your parents the right to examine your treatment records. Before giving your parents or legal guardian any information, we will discuss the matter with you, if possible, and do our best to handle any objections you may have with what we are prepared to disclose.

Forms

Emergency Services

If you are in need of immediate psychological help, please visit our Emergency Services page.