The Triton College Counseling Department is offering mental health and wellness services. Students can visit with counselors regarding a wide variety of concerns, including managing stress, developing career goals, personal development, and understanding college policies. Counselors may refer students to the appropriate campus and/or community resources to best serve the needs of the student. To get in touch with a counselor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-456-0300, ext. 3588.
If you are seeking guidance on academic planning, class schedules, etc. please contact Academic Advising here.
Triton College Counselors value the individual, educating and serving our students by providing mental health and wellness services using a holistic approach.
The Counseling and Wellness Center offers the following services to currently enrolled Triton College students:
- Individual career and education counseling
- Group counseling
- Crisis counseling
- Mental health screening
- Peer support
- Pyscho-educational workshops
We are here to assist you with working towards your personal and academic outcomes and goals.
Triton College Counselors provide a safe and confidential environment that allows students to explore their perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We work with each student using cultural sensitivity and competence, and advocate for students to take empowered steps towards self-improvement and personal growth.
Some of the issues that you may want to see a counselor for include:
- Relationship issues
- Dealing with crisis
- Suicidal thoughts/behaviors
- Alcohol/Substance abuse/Other
- Eating disorders
- Sexual/physical assault/acquaintance rape
- Life transitions and adjustments
- Domestic violence
- Personal empowerment
- Social Justice
- Food and housing insecurities
The Counseling Department welcomes contact from faculty with concerns about students. We are happy to consult and advise faculty members regarding how to safely and appropriately refer a student for counseling. The process involves the faculty member serving as the “connection,” by introducing counseling services to the student.
We understand that referring a student to counseling can feel uncomfortable. For this reason, we have provided the following information and script that we hope will guide you in your conversations with students.
General tips on speaking with a student:
- Talk to the student privately to help minimize embarrassment and defensiveness.
- Do not promise the student confidentiality regarding what the student shares.
- Listen carefully and respond to both the content and the emotions of the situation.
- Discuss your observations and perceptions of the situation directly and honestly with the student.
- Express your concern in a non-judgmental way. Respect the student’s value system, even if you do not agree with it.
- Assist the student with problem solving; identify options for action and resources available for help.
- Let the student know the limits on your ability to help them.
- It often helps to remind the student that most successful people have used some sort of counseling or coaching at some point in their lives and that it can be an important tool to help the student reach their full potential.
- Encourage your student to look at the Counseling Department’s website. The website provides helpful mental health resources and services, as well as contact information for Triton’s Student Assistance Plan. Perspectives (SAP) offers personal counseling to Triton College students off campus. Perspectives can be reached 24/7 at: (800) 456-6327
- Provide the student with the Counseling Department’s email, phone number and/or website.
The Counseling Department at Triton offers various courses that will help you get started at Triton. All classes can be used as elective credit toward your degree and can be transferred to a four-year college.
CSG 150 - Career and Life Planning
If you have an interest in exploring your career options, sign up for Career and Life Planning. CSG 150 is a one-credit hour, seven-week course. Students will complete personality assessments to determine career fields and majors that are most suitable for their personality type. It is available online and in a traditional classroom format. This class may be used as an elective to complete your degree program.
- Skill and ability self-assessment
- Career information resources
- Career decision-making
- One-credit hour toward your degree program
CSG 296 - Special Topics in Counseling
Selected topics in the areas of counseling may vary from semester to semester and information will be available during registration. This course may be repeated a maximum of four times when topics are different. This course can be used as an elective toward graduation.
Programs and Outreach
The Counseling Department strongly emphasizes mental health education, awareness and prevention.
Workshops - Virtual Workshops Recordings
- Feel Good Friday: Leslie Wester
- Preparing for the Stress of Finals Week: Tracy Wright
- Managing Finals and Holiday Stress: Leslie Wester
- Five Minutes to Stretch Away the Stress: Mary Casey-Incardone
- How to Care for Body, Mind and Soul: Sylvia Sztark
Upon request, counselors will provide programming to groups on campus which may include the following topics:
- Mental health screenings
- Test anxiety
- Stress Management
- Sexual assault awareness
- Healthy eating
The following are some resources on the Web that you may find useful.
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
(Learn about anxiety disorders through information, resources and links)
- American Psychiatric Association
(Learn about a variety of mental health issues)
- American Psychological Association
(Get mental health news, brochures, programs and information)
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
- National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association:
(Information on depression and manic-depression, publications, support groups, events and links)
- National Institute of Mental Health
(Learn about anxiety disorders, social anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and more)
- National Mental Health Association
(Find out about depression and anxiety disorders, including news, events, referrals and support)
- Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Form
- Controlling Anger
Some self-help suggestions from the American Psychological Association)
- Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Sarah's Inn
- Divorce Care
(Some self-help suggestions as you recover from the hurt of separation or divorce)
- Life's Problems
(How to find help for life's problem)
- Counseling Topics
Spotlight on Health and Fitness
Frequently Asked Questions - Students
The following are some frequently asked questions students may have.
Why do most people usually see a counselor?
- Students see a counselor for a wide variety of reasons. Stress, anxiety, depression, feelings of being overwhelmed, grief, difficulty concentrating, and more.
How do I make an appointment with a counselor?
- Email email@example.com and request an appointment
- Call 708-456-0300 ext. 3588 and request an appointment
Where are you located?
- On campus we are located in D-122
- We are also available via virtual counseling
What services do you provide?
- Personal counseling
- Crisis counseling
How much do counseling sessions at Triton cost?
- Counseling sessions are free to current Triton College students.
Do you prescribe medication?
- No, we do not prescribe medication.
Do counselors conduct long term therapy?
- No, Triton College Counselors are available to assist students with current situations that are interfering with reaching your academic goals at Triton College. We utilize a brief counseling model to assist with setting outcomes and learning coping mechanisms.
Who is my counselor?
- Please visit our website to read about our counselors.
What workshops do you provide?
- Anxiety coping mechanisms
- Breathing techniques to reduce stress and stay focused
- Tai Chi
- Test anxiety tips
- Working through Grief
- Other special topics
What if I can't come to campus, do you offer telehealth?
- Yes, we do offer a telehealth option.
Who has access to my information that I've visited you?
- The counseling center, including our secretary and Dean of Student Services, have access to our schedules.
Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty/Staff
The following are some frequently asked questions faculty or staff may have.
How do I refer a student to see a counselor?
Which students should be referred to see a counselor?
What services will you be providing?
How do I handle an emergency/crisis?
Can I have a counselor come to my classroom?
- Yes, please contact the department secretary at Ext. 3588 to schedule a classroom visit.
Can I follow up to see if a student has seen you?
- Appointments with a counselor cannot confirm seeing a student without written permission from the student.
Can I mandate a student to see a counselor?
- You can encourage a student to seek counseling services. Counseling is voluntary, not mandated.
Will BIT or Dean of Student Services be able to mandate counseling?
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3598
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3257
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3807
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3363
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3752
Counseling Department Email