Student Life: Prospective Students
Services and Confidentiality
Direct counseling services include:
- Short-term individual counseling
- Information and referral to community support services, therapists, and psychiatrists
- Crisis intervention
- Support groups
- Trainings/workshops for students, faculty, and staff
- Consultations with staff and faculty
- Lending library
Services are free and confidential. Short-term individual counseling and related support is available for SIT students during the on-campus phase of their programs. Group support can be arranged as well, should there be sufficient interest. In the past there have been groups specifically for women, for older students, transition support groups, and spirituality exploration groups, to name a few. Persons with questions about learning disabilities, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), or physical or other types of disabilities are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The counseling staff also offer a wide variety of trainings and workshops for both students and staff on topics such as sexual harassment, assertiveness, cultural adjustment, time management, stress management, and self-care. Furthermore, students have access to a lending library of books and handouts on a variety of mental health topics.
In matters of personal safety, do not attempt to handle the situation by yourself. If you, or someone you know, is feeling severely depressed, suicidal, or unable to function, contact SIT Counseling Services, explaining that the situation is urgent. If a counselor is not available, emergency support is available through the following resources:
- Campus Resident Advisors (SIT students who have been trained in peer counseling and emergency campus procedures): You can contact the RA on duty by dialing 0 from any campus phone.
- Mental Health Services Crisis Team (Brattleboro area): 1 800 622-4235 (24 hours a day)
- Women's Freedom Center: 802 254-6954 (24 hours a day) – for persons dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault
- 911 or your nearest hospital emergency room. (Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Emergency Room: 802 257-0341)
Please note: SIT counseling staff do not maintain 24-hour access to email; therefore, email should not be used to communicate emergency situations.
Counseling provides an opportunity to explore very personal material. Information that clients share with SIT counseling staff is considered private and confidential, and is not revealed to others without the client’s permission. The exception to this policy is if there is clear and imminent danger to self or others or if information falls under certain legal, ethical, or institutional reporting requirements. Mental health professionals are required by law to report reasonable suspicion of abuse/neglect of a child or an elderly or disabled adult. Please note: Confidentiality of email cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, disclosure of sensitive material through electronic communication should be avoided.
Commitment to Diversity
The SIT counseling staff believe that a diverse campus community is one of our greatest sources of strength and vibrancy. We welcome students of all identities and perspectives and have assisted persons from many different backgrounds, reflecting diversity of culture, nationality, language, age, class, racial and ethnic origin, gender, ability, religious and spiritual practice, sexual orientation, and political persuasion. We are committed to providing an inclusive range of services and approaches to mental health. In addition, an off-campus referral list is available and includes therapists of diverse identities. The counseling staff work collaboratively with the ISSO (International Student and Scholar Office) and other campus groups to remain sensitive to the needs of our diverse student population.
More Counseling Services Information:
800.336.1616 (toll free in US)
802.258.3510 (outside the US)
PO Box 676, 1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA