- Crisis Intervention
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Biofeedback, Stress/Anxiety Management
- Couples Counseling
- Career Guidance & Counseling
- Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling
- Consultation & Outreach
- Self-Help Resource Room
- Learning Disabilities/ADHD Assessment
- Testing & Assessment
- Computer-Based Testing Center
Crisis appointments are available during normal operating hours to students who may be experiencing a crisis situation. The student, or anyone referring the student, may request crisis scheduling. This service is not to replace ongoing counseling, but is there for crises. For after-hours crisis intervention, call the CTC at (208) 885-6716 and one of the options will be to speak with a crisis counselor, call 911, or call the nearest hospital emergency room.
The CTC offers individual counseling for students who wish to discuss personal concerns that may be interfering with their emotional well-being and their ability to achieve their educational and personal goals. Some of the concerns which might lead a student to seek counseling are: anxiety, stress, depression, personal relationship problems, eating disorders, sexual abuse, anger, or general difficulties adjusting to college life.
Each semester, the CTC offers a variety of educational workshops and groups for students who wish to work on personal problems and coping skills within a supportive group setting. A complete list of current group offerings is available from the CTC each semester.
The demands of college can place additional strain on relationships. Counseling is available for couples that are experiencing difficulties and wish to improve the quality of their relationship.
Students who are undecided about which major or career to choose can benefit from career counseling. The Counseling & Testing Center offers the following services:
- Individual career counseling
- Written interest inventories and other self-evaluation instruments
- Books and other reference materials about careers
Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling
The CTC offers assessment, short-term counseling, groups, educational programs, and referrals for students experiencing substance use and abuse issues. Counselors work with students to explore how their use of alcohol or drugs may be a problem or could interfere with their academic success. A non-confrontational approach is used to help students develop strategies to reduce their consumption and the negative consequences of their alcohol and drug use. Online screening for alcohol problems is available on the CTC web site. Students who require intensive outpatient counseling or inpatient treatment are referred to an appropriate off-campus facility.
Stress/AnxietyManagement and Biofeedback
Students frequently experience stress and anxiety related to academic pressures such as tests and deadlines as well as stress related to personal and relationship issues. The CTC offers training in a variety of stress management techniques including paced breathing, mindfulness, and biofeedback. Biofeedback is a technique using sensors designed to help reduce tension, anxiety, and stress-related physical symptoms such as headaches and poor sleep.
Consultation & Outreach
Staff psychologists are available to provide consultation and outreach educational program services and to faculty, staff, living groups, and parents on a variety of topics such as career decision-making, stress management, anxiety, relationships, managing depression, parenting skills, assertive communication, and self-esteem. Requests for programs should be made at least two weeks in advance.
Self-Help Resource Room
The Self-Help Resource Room provides free information about a variety of mental health and wellness topics of special interest to students such as Stress Management, Communication Skills, Relationships, and Managing Depression. A list of the books and handouts in the Self-Help Resource Room is available at the CTC or the CTC website, www.uidaho.edu/ctc The CTC also provides free access to full-spectrum lights that have been found to reduce symptoms of seasonal winter depression (SAD) for many people. Students may use the lights on a drop-in basis or call to reserve a time for light therapy.
Testing & Assessment
The CTC offers a variety of testing services. These include placement tests such as COMPASS which is used to determine initial placement in math and English courses, and advanced placement exams such as CLEP which allow students to earn college credit by passing exams in a variety of subject areas. The CTC also administers many of the national testing programs such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, TOEFL, and PRAXIS and provides a secure testing environment for students who need exams proctored. Assessment services include evaluations for learning disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, psychological, diagnostic and career assessments are often used in the context of counseling and are available at the CTC. A fee is charged for most assessment and testing services. For more detailed information go to www.uidaho.edu/ctc/testing or call 208-885-5138.