The Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness (CHW) provides individual, couples’ and group counseling focused on a range of clinical issues. The CHW has a diverse professional staff that works from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Marietta College students come to the CHW for a wide variety of reasons. Some students find that talking with a counselor once is sufficient to resolve the immediate concern. Many of the students who come into the CHW are experiencing academic difficulties, including time management issues, concentration problems, lack of motivation, or questions about study skills. Some students are having trouble adjusting to college life or are having a conflict with a roommate or their parents. Many of our clients have a specific concern related to depression, anxiety, alcohol or substance abuse, eating concerns or a similar clinical issue. For more information, please contact the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477.
The Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness (CHW) provides group counseling. Group counseling is often the most beneficial option for many student concerns. Group counseling is a form of psychotherapy that usually involves 4-10 clients and one or two experienced group therapists. Most therapy groups meet every week at the same time for 1.5 hours. During that time, the members of the group discuss the issues that are concerning them and offer each other support and feedback. Interpersonal interaction is highly valued and encouraged. Group counseling may be particularly useful for students who are having difficulties in their relationships or who want to learn about themselves and their connections to other people. For more information, please contact the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477.
Interpersonal Relationships Group
This ongoing therapy group will provide a context for members to improve difficulties in their lives connected to developing and maintaining satisfying relationships with friends, family, lovers, etc. A confidential environment will be created to help each member to learn how to trust, confront conflicts, understand one's interactional style, and develop healthy relationships with others and with one's self.
Managing Stress and Anxiety Workshop
Learn techniques to manage stress and anxiety including time management, relaxation, and how to let go of irrational beliefs.
Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling
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Substance Use Assessment
The Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness (CHW) provides substance-use assessments to Marietta College students. The CHW provides services for students who question their use of alcohol and other drugs or when they may be charged with a substance abuse policy violation and are subsequently referred for a substance use assessment (See Section III-Other College Policies about Alcohol Policy). The CHW utilizes the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program. BASICS is a two-session alcohol assessment and education program for college students who want to explore their alcohol use. Students need to plan to spend 60-90 minutes, inclusive of the paperwork, for the assessment. The recommendations contained in the substance use assessment are strictly confidential and not a part of the student’s academic record. Substance use assessments required by the Office of Student Life in response to policy violations do not have to be completed at the CHW. The CHW will not provide substance use assessments for outside agencies or municipalities (i.e., court, probation, employers). Students may contact the CHW for a list of designated community practioners and drug and alcohol treatment facilities. For more information, please contact the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477.
Process for Substance Use Assessment
Students begin the substance use assessment procedure by filling out a general counseling intake form which includes a concerns checklist and a drug and alcohol use self-report. Students need to plan to spend 60-90 minutes, inclusive of the paperwork, for the assessment. The drug and alcohol use self-report asks questions about their substance use patterns and consequences, family history, and their motivation for change. Both the general counseling intake form and the drug and alcohol use self-report are strictly confidential and are maintained in the student’s treatment file, separate from their academic file. The student is required to complete all forms before their appointment is scheduled to begin or the student will be considered a no-show (described below). After the paperwork is completed, the student will meet with their assigned counselor one-on-one. During the clinical interview portion of the assessment, the counselor will ask the student questions about his/her substance use patterns, family history, friends and other social support, and any other psychological concerns. At the end of the assessment, the student and the counselor will work together to assess the risk of a current or potential alcohol/drug problem and identify ways that the student can reduce their risk of any additional policy violations and negative consequences from alcohol/drugs. Once an appointment is made, the student is expected to attend. If the referred student does not come to the appointment, he/she may be required to schedule their substance use assessment with a designated community provider or drug and alcohol treatment facility. In addition to the substance use assessment, the student is free to discuss any other personal concerns. The counselor’s focus is to assist you in any way possible, and it is not limited to the use of alcohol/drugs. The counselor may suggest additional services if they seem appropriate. For more information, please contact the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477.
Alcohol and Other Drug Group Treatment
Choices Group: This group is for students contemplating making changes in their alcohol/drug use. This is a one session psycho-educational group. Members will look at their substance use and how it impacts their academics, relationships, personal goals. Students may be self-referred to group, or referred by parents, or by a member of the Marietta College Office of Student Life. Any information disclosed in the group about the misuse of legal or illegal substance use is strictly confidential.
Insight Group: This group is for students who have concerns about substance use (alcohol, marijuana, etc.) This group will also support students that might currently be in the recovery stage. This is an on-going therapy group that will run throughout the academic year. The focus will be on identifying how substance use influences daily life and functioning. The group will also discuss how substance use may be interfering with personal goals, relationships, etc. Any information disclosed in the group about the misuse of legal or illegal substance use is strictly confidential.
AA/NA Meetings in the Community
The Center for Health and Wellness keeps an up to date list of community AA, NA and Alanon meetings. For more information, please contact the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477.