Services are always free and confidential, and if students need guidance, support, or just someone to talk to, they’re encouraged to contact the Student Development & Counseling Center (SDCC) to set up an appointment for individual, couples, 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.). are open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am-7:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm each day while students are in session. Our summer hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm.
The SDCC is dedicated to creating an inclusive, respectful, and comfortable environment where students can share openly and work with counselors to set goals, identify obstacles, and move in a positive direction. Confidentiality is taken very seriously, and only under certain, very specific conditions—outlined in the confidentiality policy (PDF)—will counselors share information outside of the SDCC.
Students interested in learning the best ways to help their peers during times of crisis are encouraged to join the Student Support Network, Active Minds @ WPI, or Students Preventing Assault and Rape in Our Community (SPARC).