Counseling Services

Counseling Services  offers a wide range of educational  and psychological counseling services for Hastings College students. Some common reasons for visiting with a counselor include depression, anxiety, homesickness, family concerns, stress, time management, relationship issues, sexuality, assertiveness, eating and body image concerns, trauma, alcohol and drug concerns, grief, and advice about helping a friend.

Eligibility

All current registered full-time students are eligible for on-campus counseling services.

Mental Health Screening

It can be hard to ask questions about your mental well-being. That’s why Hastings College offers a free anonymous mental health screening tool.

Take a few minutes to complete a short online survey. The results may help you decide to pursue personal counseling.

The Mental Health Screening tool screens for:

  • Depression
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Substance Use
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

To begin your screening click here.

Confidentiality

Hastings College maintains strict confidentiality  at all times.

No information can be released without formal authorization from the student. If you would like your counselor to release information to a specific person, physician, or agency, you will need to complete a Release of Information form.

All counseling  records are kept separate from other college records and are accessible only by Counseling Services staff members.

Information cannot be released without your written authorization, except if required by law. Records may be released without your consent if there is: (a) a risk that you may harm yourself or others; (b) suspicion of child abuse or neglect; or ( c) a court order. Reasonable efforts will be made to inform you if such information about you is to be released.

Non-Mandatory Reporters

Hastings College counseling professionals are non-mandatory reporters.  If you are a victim/survivor of a stalking/harassing/assaultive incident, we can help you to identify the resources available to you; including formal (reporting) and informal processes (non-reporting) as well as therapeutic assistance.

College is a time of transition for young adults and their parents. Typical adjustment issues for students include living arrangements, roommates, academic workload, time management and homesickness. Our counselors are experienced and caring mental health professionals who offer individualized and confidential counseling services to Hastings College students. This section is intended to provide you with information about our services and ways we can be helpful to you and your student.

How can counseling services help parents?

Counselors are available to speak with parents by phone or in person by appointment regarding concerns or questions they may have about their son or daughter. We are able to discuss specific services the counseling center offers as well as helping parents obtain referrals to clinicians and resources within the community.

What services are offered?

  • Individual counseling and consultations for students
  • Group counseling as needed
  • Educational Programs
  • Substance abuse education and referral to services
  • Brief psychological evaluations

What do services cost?

  • All services are free to enrolled Hastings College students.
  • We do need parents to fill out our consent for treatment of a minor form. You can find that here »

What about confidentiality?

Confidentiality is an important component of counseling relationships. All services provided to students are confidential. Law prevent therapists from sharing information regarding a student’s counseling without their permission. However, confidentiality does not prohibit therapists from discussing ways parents can be helpful to their son or daughter with issues they may be facing.

Non-Mandatory Reporters

Hastings College counseling professionals are non-mandatory reporters.  If you are a victim/survivor of a stalking/harassing/assaultive incident, we can help you to identify the resources available to you; including formal (reporting) and informal processes (non-reporting) as well as therapeutic assistance.

As a faculty or staff member at Hastings College it is of the highest importance that we recognize and offer support to students who may be struggling with mental health issues. The information below may be helpful in potentially identifying students who may need to be referred to counseling services.

Should I be worried about a student?

If you have concerns about a student, we would encourage you to contact the Student Engagement Team, the Counseling Services office and/or complete a student concern report by 
clicking here.

Signs that a student may be in distress are:

  • Chronic tardiness and/or lack of attendance
  • Incomplete Assignments
  • Diminished motivation and/or lack of attention in class
  • Poor hygiene
  • Irritable, argumentative and/or disruptive in class
  • Low and/or elevated mood
  • Withdrawn from peers
  • Excessively anxious, worried or stressed
  • Fatigue
  • Self-destructive thoughts or behaviors
  • Threatening behavior toward others

How can I help a student?

  • Be an active listener, be calm, offer comfort and support
  • Remind the student that they aren’t alone
  • When issues are out of your realm  as faculty/staff provide student with referrals and resources
  • Follow through and ensure the individual got the appropriate help
  • Consult with the counseling center

What about confidentiality?

Counseling center staff can consult with faculty and staff about their concerns regarding students. However, the counseling center doesn’t divulge information we receive from the student without their permission.

Non-Mandatory Reporters

Hastings College counseling professionals are non-mandatory reporters.  If you are a victim/survivor of a stalking/harassing/assaultive incident, we can help you to identify the resources available to you; including formal (reporting) and informal processes (non-reporting) as well as therapeutic assistance.

The counseling services department helps students  identify, plan for, manage and seek help with the many stressors that they may encounter so that they may fully enjoy their Hastings College experience and carry with them the skills learned into all that they will become and be part of. In doing so, we will shift their focus to an integrative model that promotes the overall health of mind, body and spirit while eliminating any stigma associated with help seeking behavior.

Counseling Services Staff

 

 

 


Jon Loetterle, MSEd, LIMHP, Director
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
402.461.7424
jloetterle@hastings.edu

  

Stephanie Pershing, M.A., LMHP
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
402.461.1314
spershing@hastings.edu

If you would like to set up a time to visit with Jon or Stephanie please click the appointment links below. Jon is located in the Stone Student Health Center and Stephanie is on the third floor of McCormick Hall. (Maps)  

Office hours are 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday.