Types of Counseling Available
Personal counseling focuses on concerns such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship problems, and managing stress.
Some of the other specific problems we talk with students about include:
- suicidal thoughts
- partner problems
- conflict with parents/spouses/children
- coping with past or present abusive situations
- dating issues
- sexually transmitted diseases
- sexual assault
- substance abuse
- being a minority group member at Oregon Tech
If you have a personal concern, and aren't sure where to go for help, our staff will likely be able to assist you.
Our counseling staff can offer support resolving academic problems, including test anxiety, time management, motivation, study skills, and problems with faculty. We frequently refer students to other campus resources for additional support.
Often, concerns about career direction and whether a specific major is the best fit arise during the course of a college student's academic career. Our counseling staff are happy to have these discussions with students and to assist in helping students connect to additional resources as needed. For instance, the Oregon Tech Career Services department (www.oit.edu/career-services) specializes in career exploration and job seeking skills.
Substance Abuse Treatment
For students struggling with alcohol or other drug problems, Oregon Tech has worked with a local community agency (Lutheran Community Services Northwest, or LCS) to develop a program called ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment). This program includes evaluation and outpatient treatment at LCS for individuals ready to explore alternatives to alcohol and drugs. Students interested in a referral to the ADAPT program should meet with one of Oregon Tech's counselors as a first step.
If you think you might have an alcohol or drug problem, but you aren't sure if you need help, we recommend you come to the Integrated Student Health Center for a preliminary assessment. Individuals interested in conducting a confidential self-assessment of their drinking behavior may want to complete a screening tool such as the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) developed by the World Health Organization.