What’s On Your Mind?
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS What’s On Your Mind?
What’s On Your Mind? is a confidential drop-in service offering informal consultation and support with a professional counselor serving as a consultant outside of the counseling center. What’s On Your Mind? serves two purposes: 1. Allows for students to try out talking to a counselor to see what it is like and if it is helpful before engaging in the formalities of counseling, and 2. To build resiliency by receiving support and consultation from a professional about concerns that may not warrant ongoing counseling but would be beneficial to support overall wellness and resolution of problems as they arise.
Although you will meet with a counselor from RIT CaPS, What’s On Your Mind? is NOT counseling and counselors will be serving within a consultant role. As a result, What’s On Your Mind? does not involve a formal intake or evaluation, is not located in the counseling center, and involves minimal paperwork.
WHEN, WHERE, HOW?
International Student Services Office: Thursdays 3:30PM-4:30PM
Commuter Lounge (Basement of Campus Center): Tuesday every other week 3PM-4PM
(9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27, 10/11)
The Den (Residence Hall Tunnels): Thursdays 4PM-5PM
HOW IS What’s On Your Mind? DIFFERENT FROM COUNSELING?
Counseling involves ongoing sessions that usually consists of 50 minute regularly scheduled appointments with a primary therapist who you will have worked together with to develop mutually agreed upon goals. What’s On Your Mind? instead is an informal drop-in resource that you may access from time to time when you find a need/benefit to check-in with someone or to work through a problem.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A What’s On Your Mind? VISIT?
Counselors will answer any questions you have about What’s On Your Mind? before getting started. When you meet, the counselor consultant will actively listen to your concerns with openness and acceptance, possibly ask questions to help you to share more and for them to best understand your experience, and will provide support and perspective. The consultant may provide resources that may be helpful to you as well.
WHAT ARE COMMON CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE BRING UP AT What’s On Your Mind?
- ACADEMIC DISTRESS
- RELATIONSHIP CONCERNS
- BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS
- CONFLICT RESOLUTION
- CULTURAL BARRIERS
- FAMILY PROBLEMS/CONCERNS
- SLEEP STRUGGLES
- FINANCIAL STRESSORS
- IDENTITY EXPLORATION
- ADJUSTMENT TO NEW ENVIRONMENT AND/OR CULTURE
WHO SHOULD VISIT What’s On Your Mind?
What’s On Your Mind? is available for any RIT student but is often the best fit for students who:
- Are not sure about counseling and are wondering what it might be like to talk to a counselor.
- Are not interested in on-going counseling but would like to get a counselor’s perspective.
- Have a specific problem that would be helpful to talk through with an objective resource.
- Students with concerns about a friend or family member and are looking for some ideas about what to do.
IS What’s On Your Mind? CONFIDENTIAL?
Conversations with What’s On Your Mind consultants are confidential. However, safety is extremely important to us and so consultants may need to share information in a situation in which safety for yourself or others is a concern.
What’s On Your Mind? consultants keep brief written notes of each contact with students who drop-in to What’s On Your Mind?. These notes are never reported on a student’s official RIT record. The goal of this program is to remove as many barriers to accessing help and support. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a What’s On Your Mind? consultant.
File Attachments: WHATS ON YOUR MIND ISS.pdf
International Student Services Office
1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623, United States