Guidelines for Reopening Counseling Services
Louisiana Tech University is committed to limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus. This commitment must be shared among everyone on our campus, including faculty, staff, students, and all others. The University cannot eliminate the risk of this virus on campus. However, to reduce the risk posed on individuals, the University will adhere to CDC guidelines and follow recommendations of state and local health officials as much as reasonably possible. To that end, all faculty, staff, students, and others present on campus will also be expected to follow the same guidelines and recommendations.
Counseling Services will follow all University rules and regulations for a move to the Return to Campus Plan.
The following policies and procedures will be followed in Counseling Services:
For the Fall Quarter 2020, all individual appointments and group therapy will be conducted by phone or Zoom.
To Schedule an Appointment / Attend an Appointment
- Visitors will call 318.257.2488 to schedule appointments.
- Exterior doors of Counseling Services will be locked at all times.
- Some students may be asked to schedule a time to come to the Counseling Services office to complete an “Intake Form.”
- To communicate by email, send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org. This email is not monitored on a systematic basis and should not be used for emergency contact.
Visitor Access to Counseling Services and Health Concerns
- Decisions about visitation during a crisis exemption situation will be made on a case-by-case basis, which should include careful screening of the potential visitor for fever or respiratory symptoms.
- If you are asked to come to Counseling Services, prior to entering Counseling offices, visitors may be asked if they have had a new cough, a new sore throat, shortness of breath, if they have had a fever. If the response to any of these questions is “yes,” the visitor should not be allowed into the center.
- For individuals who enter Counseling Services facilities, visitors and use personal protective facemasks.
- Visitors who are permitted, will be required to perform hand hygiene, must wear a facemask while in Counseling Services offices, and restrict their visit to the location(s) designated by the center.
- Visitors should also be reminded and monitored to frequently perform hand hygiene.
Teletherapy: ONLY option for Individual Counseling
- All individual therapy will be conducted over the phone or Zoom visit.
- To schedule an appointment, a student should call 318.257.2488.
- To schedule an appointment, a student must verify location in the state of Louisiana at the time of the appointment.
- Before the first intake scheduled appointment is attended, the student must sign the Declaration of Practices & Procedures form and complete an “Intake Form.”
- Before the scheduled appointment or group therapy meeting, the student will be asked to review, sign, and return the “Teletherapy Consent Form.”
Group Therapy Services
- All group work will be conducted virtually through Zoom with the exception of the Walk and Talk group.
- Group appointments will be made through a series of steps outlined on the Counseling Services website. Students will complete the group consent form, email the form to email@example.com, and the group facilitator will communicate with the student through email.
- Students will be admitted to the closed Zoom room after filling out the Teletherapy Consent Form and entering the group password.
- Facilities will be disinfected after each visitor meeting/contact.
- Please Refer to Mental Health and Coping During Covid-19
- Social Distancing to Reduce the Spread of Covid-19
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Counseling Services and the Peer Leadership Council support the following statement from Dr. Les Guice and strive to maintain diverse practices to serve all students.
I know that many of you are feeling anger and hurt tied to the death of George Floyd. His death – and those of many other people of color throughout our nation’s history – was wrong.
One source of our University’s strength is its diversity, and our contrasts create learning experiences beyond the classroom. I realize the privileges that can come from the color of one’s skin, and I join with our students, faculty, staff, and alumni in pledging to learn from all the members of our campus community. I see you, and I value your humanity.
We condemn all acts of racism, discrimination, and hatred. These acts defy the very spirit of Louisiana Tech, and they negate our belief in our Tenets.
We welcome diversity
Of race, culture, spirituality, gender, identity, ability, and orientation.
We seek to provide a safe and inclusive space for all.
We reject intolerance and any form of degradation, hurt, and abuse.
We commit in words and actions,
To uphold the rights of all to feel safe, valued, and respected.
Welcome to Counseling Services.
Counseling Services strives to identify student needs in regard to academic achievement, emotional/psychological and physical health, career involvement, and responsible decision-making. Through counseling, crisis intervention, educational programming, and counselor training, services are delivered that address needs in guiding the student toward the fulfillment of his/her fullest potential intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually.
Code of Ethics
The Office of Counseling Services functions as a department within the Division of Student Affairs, and, as such, operates within the framework of all federal and state laws and all policies of the Division. Further, it adheres to strict standards set forth in the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, American Counseling Association, the Code of Conduct, Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, and is guided by the Accreditation Standards for University and College Counseling Centers, International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. With these as a foundation, the personnel in Counseling Services strive to fulfill the departmental mission in providing quality services both sensitively and professionally. Counseling Services adheres to the equal opportunity provisions of federal and civil rights laws, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender, or disability.
Louisiana Tech University adheres to the equal opportunity provisions of federal and civil rights laws, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.
The Title IX Coordinator is Carrie Flournoy, President’s Office, Wyly Tower 1620; phone (318) 257-3785; email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 504 Coordinator is Annie Jantz, Dean of Student Development, Keeny Hall 305, phone (318) 257-2445; email email@example.com
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Keeny Hall 310
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER OFFICE HOURS
Call Campus Police
Campus Police will notify a counselor on your behalf