Student Development & Counseling Center

 

In order to restrict person-to-person contact in light of the COVID-19 virus, the Student Development & Counseling Center (SDCC) has shifted to offering remote services via a secure videoconferencing platform. The SDCC will continue to provide consultation to students, faculty and staff who have concerns about a student's mental and emotional well-being.  From afar, the SDCC remains committed to the well-being of our WPI students. 

Routine counseling and psychiatric appointments are available for active WPI students who are physically located in Massachusetts. If you are not currently in MA you are still eligible for a brief consultation meeting with a counselor if you would like to discuss your situation and how to find a care provider licensed to practice in whatever state you are currently in. Our services are always free and confidential, and if students need guidance, support, or just someone to talk to, they’re encouraged to contact us to set up an appointment for individual or group counseling. Unless otherwise arranged, students schedule appointments by calling on the day they would like to be seen. Students can call to arrange these same-day appointments starting at 8:30 AM ET. During these scheduled appointments, the clinician will focus on clarifying and working on goals for treatment, then they will make a recommendation about next steps (following up as-needed, joining a group, helping students connect with specialists in the area, etc.).

The SDCC is open from 8:00 am-5:00 pm EST each day while students are in session. We are closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 EST each day. Our summer hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm.


Students who are having a mental-health crisis:

Students living on campus:  During normal working hours (8 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday), please call SDCC (508-831-5540). For after-hours crises, please call Campus Police (508-831-5555), dial 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.

Students living off-campus: please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Students who are residing outside of Massachusetts and need mental health services are strongly encouraged to seek care locallyIf you need assistance in finding a provider, you can contact a university or college in your area or your Primary Care Physician to ask for their list of local providers.

There are three online search engines which may also help:

If needed, you may also email sdcc@wpi.edu for additional help in finding local resources.

The Student Development & Counseling Center (SDCC) is dedicated to promoting the safety, emotional health, and personal growth of all WPI students, as well as to cultivating a supportive campus.

The SDCC offers free, confidential mental health counseling and consultation services for individuals, couples, and groups, as well as crisis intervention and referrals to local specialists as necessary. Without exception, each student will be treated with compassion and respect, and counselors will work with them to set goals, identify obstacles, and move in a valued direction.

Additionally, the SDCC hosts trainings, workshops, and presentations that are designed to foster personal growth and skills for success.

Students interested in learning more about the SDCC and its services are encouraged to email us or call us at 508-831-5540. The SDCC strives to provide meaningful care focused on students' immediate needs, and has a range of follow-up options available based each unique situation.

Counseling Psychology Internship Opportunities

Graduate students can take advantage of exceptional training opportunities in counseling psychology through the SDCC.