After-Hours Mental Health Line:
National Suicide Hotline:
Crisis Text Line:
Text HOME to 741741
If you have questions about mental health diagnoses or symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our clinical staff for assessment and evaluation. As a student, you are not required to have a mental health diagnosis to be eligible for services.
During this appointment, we will help you understand any possible mental health diagnoses, symptoms, and treatment options. In addition, our staff can help determine an appropriate referral to an outside provider in the Rochester community if your needs require specialized or long-term treatment.
The main objective of Counseling and Psychological Services at RIT is to help students cope with and resolve psychological and social issues that interfere with the attainment of their educational goals. However, students may have therapeutic needs, behaviors, or other conditions that are outside our scope of services and would be best met off-campus through a referral. Students or others concerned about a student may also request consultation with a Counseling and Psychological Services staff member for further information about off-campus treatment providers.
Referral for Specialized Services
Referrals are commonly used when there is a need for specialized services that are not available through Counseling and Psychological Services, such as:
Significant drug or alcohol problems (substance dependence)
Need for drug testing
Significant or long-standing eating disorder symptoms that may pose a medical danger
Request for standardized psychological testing and/or diagnostic assessment for purposes of an RIT Disability Services’ accommodation, employment clearance, on-campus housing accommodation, or to fulfill court-mandated assessment or treatment requirements
Referral for Long-term Individual Therapy
Students may also be referred to community resources outside of Counseling and Psychological Services when there is a desire or need to be seen more than once a week or the need for long-term individual therapy, as indicated by:
Individuals who have demonstrated symptom reduction and have met initial treatment goals but desire on-going maintenance support
Indication that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial
Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in cognitive or emotional functioning that requires intensive intervention (e.g. Partial hospitalization; Leave of Absence)
Inability or unwillingness to provide the necessary information to thoroughly assess symptoms
Inability or unwillingness to develop specific treatment goals for short-term counseling
Non-compliance with treatment recommendations including regular session attendance
Repeated utilization of crisis intervention services without commitment or engagement in more substantive, regular and formal efforts to address the issue for which the frequent crisis originate
Behavior, while in the Counseling and Psychological Services facility, that constitutes a serious disruption or which establishes a unsafe or hostile emotional or physical environment for students and/or staff
The general guidelines listed above are only intended to serve as a guide to assist treatment decisions. The nature and complexity of presenting concerns and the broader context are considered in making the appropriate treatment recommendation(s). Cases are evaluated individually and the professional judgment of the mental health provider(s) will determine the treatment decision in a particular situation.