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Be Well

The Wellness Center is the integrated office of Student Health and Counseling Services, providing medical, mental health, and health promotion services. The multidisciplinary staff promotes student academic and personal success by empowering students to make informed choices regarding their overall health and well-being so that they can thrive on the Hill and beyond. 


Contact the Wellness Center

 

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Our Mission

The Wellness Center's mission is to partner with students as they strive to achieve and maintain their physical, emotional, and interpersonal well-being so that they can optimize their capacity to learn, reach their potential, and achieve their goals inside and outside the classroom.

Integrated Health Support

Our health and counseling services are conveniently located in the same building so that we can provide seamless holistic service to our students.

Student Health Services

Medical treatment for minor illnesses and injuries; Gynecological services: annual exams, contraception, pregnancy testing; Routine lab work; STI/STD testing;  Rapid testing such as urinalysis, mononucleosis, strep, and blood sugar; Flu shots and immunization clinics; Some over the counter and prescription medication; Referral to specialists; Some immunizations (e.g. Tetanus, and PPD); Educational programs on various health topics.

Counseling Services

Collaborative assessment and goal-setting: Common issues include stress and anxiety, depression, campus adjustment and transition, identity development, grief, anger, unhealthy eating, drug and alcohol use, and relationship challenges; Short-term individual counseling: Using a variety of approaches such as interpersonal process, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling to create positive change; Group counseling: an effective intervention for helping students address relationship patterns and/or experience the benefit of group support focused on specific issues or experiences; Crisis intervention: urgent walk in appointments are available for students needing immediate mental health support; Referrals to community mental health providers for longer-term and/or specialized treatment; Educational programs on various mental health and wellness topics to enhance the well-being of the campus community; Consultations with faculty, staff, family, and community providers 

Taking Care Maintaining Your Health & Wellness

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Mental Health Support Together in Healing Therapy Group

The Wellness Center hosts a therapy group for students with adult experiences of sexual assault. Together in Healing is for students seeking support with the recovery and healing process in a safe, confidential environment. As a trauma-informed and consent-based group, students are not required to disclose experiences and are offered a space to re-establish safety, connect, and explore steps forward in their healing journey.

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Health & Nutrition Preventative Care Education

Our health clinic works closely with students on preventative health care and health education. This includes our Annual Flu Clinic, our Yoga & Mindfulness Group and other opportunities for education and health maintenance. During finals, our Wellness Center partners with other campus organizations to host Chillax, a stress-reduction opportunity for students to visit a relaxing, recharging oasis of calm with calming sounds, coloring, puzzles, and much more.

Our Commitment to Service Supporting Our Students

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1 in 5

During the 2018-2019 academic year, approximately 1 in 5 McDaniel students utilized Counseling Services

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1760

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Student Health Services provided 1006 appointments and Counseling Services provided 1760 individual counseling sessions

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55 Years

The current Wellness Center staff has spent a combined 55 years providing care to students on the Hill

 

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86%

86% of students who used Counseling Services indicated that their functioning had improved as a result of their experience.

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98%

98% of students who used Counseling Services said “I would recommend Counseling Services in the Wellness Center to other students”

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Wellness Liaison Program Wellness Liaison Program

The Wellness Center has launched a new Wellness Liaison Program in order to offer more tailored support and programming to specific groups of students and organizations in order to increase accessibility for clinical services and outreach requests and to promote collaboration with campus partners. The Wellness staff liaison serves as a main point of contact who can answer questions, provide information, and offer support. Liaison assignments are thoughtfully considered based on natural connections such as shared identities/experiences and specialized training. 

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Education & Support Being Brave: Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence Preventative Education

Since 2012, McDaniel has had a sexual assault prevention committee and we regularly partner with community organizations like the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County. Annual events are held to educate our community about consent and all incoming students complete the Understanding Sexual Assault and Alcohol Education.

In addition, McDaniel College, along with nine other colleges and universities, together received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to "generate new strategies to prevent, respond to, investigate, and hold offenders accountable for sexual assault and dating violence, and strengthen trauma-informed, victim services on campus and in the community." Efforts are visible across campus, in large and small ways, to prevent and respond to instances of sexual violence.

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Wellness Extended Support Program

In an effort to more fully support the long-term mental health needs of some of our students, the Wellness Center has developed an exciting new initiative, the Wellness Extended Support Program.   This fee-based option includes:

· Ongoing weekly individual therapy on-campus in McDaniel’s Wellness Center

· Clinical case management and coordination with student’s support team to maximize efficacy of treatment and support interventions. Support team members often include community psychiatry, family members, and Student Accessibility and Support Services.

· Specialized group therapy opportunities as available

Connect With Us

Heidi Huber

Director

Phone: 410-857-2243

Office: Wellness Center

Location

Winslow Center, 2nd Floor
2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157