Consistent with its mission, the University provides a variety of student support programs, services, and activities that promote student learning and enhance the development of its students. The Office of Student Services seeks to assist students with social, spiritual, and other support services.
DMU strives to provide timely and accurate information to students regarding matters of interest, such as academic events, employment opportunities, lectures, social and spiritual activities. Notification of these events and activities is provided to students via e-mail, through the Student Life Committee, on student bulletin boards, in student mailboxes, in postings on the website, and through contact with the Office of Student Services.
The Office of Student Services also provides information about many services of interest which are available for students in the area. These services include banking, local hospitals and clinics, hotels, parishes, student health services and insurance, places of interest, student-discounted tickets, and transportation.
A student directory is published through the Office of Student Services with student names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Students must give approval in order for their personal information to be included in the student directory in compliance with the federal guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The Student Life Committee (SLC)
The SLC is the recognized student leadership and student governance body of the University and works closely with the Office of Student Services. SLC plans social and spiritual activities for students and serves as the formal channel of communication between the student body and the University’s administration. The SLC is made up of eight current members of the University student body. There are two types of members: officers and representatives. The four officer positions are president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Of the four representatives, two facilitate the social life of the University student body, one is a member of the Library Committee, and one serves to promote the spiritual aspects of the University mission. Members and officers of the SLC are elected by the student body in the spring semester and serve one-year terms. In support of the student life programs and services, a student activity fee is paid by each student enrolled.
To facilitate community life, the University regularly sponsors social gatherings of students, faculty, staff, and their families. The Student Leadership Committee coordinates many of these functions, and student attendance is encouraged. Students enrolled in online programs are welcome to attend any time they are in the area. Details are circulated by the Office of Student Services and are posted on student bulletin boards, sent via e-mail, distributed to students’ mailboxes, and posted on the University website.
Student Personal Counseling Services
While it is not the DMU-SOC policy or a part of the CMHC program curricula to require professional counseling, we recognize that personal issues can impede functioning as a counselor in every domain. A high level of personal and professional development occurs while in the DMU program. Willingness to recognize the need for personal counseling as either a step in self-care and personal mental health and wellness, or as well as a personal growth opportunity from the perspective of a client, committing to a course of personal counseling can be cathartic and is considered as a healthy approach to maintaining mental wellness. Personal counseling is strongly recommended for all counseling professionals.
Students who experience personal difficulties as a motive for seeking counseling should explore the availability of services within respective communities. As a student and/or counseling professional, you are required to be knowledgeable about your community mental health resources. Become informed, especially regarding Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Vulnerable Adult Abuse. Find and make a written record of local phone numbers for your regional or state mental health authority (i.e. child and/or adult protective services).
If you feel you are in danger, are a danger to yourself through self-harm, experiencing a mental health emergency, or are otherwise having a medical emergency, DIAL 911 immediately.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255
National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1 (888) 373-7888
Therapists Online Now: www.betterhelp.com
*Note: Faculty Advisors, or other DMU CMHC administration, staff or faculty may NOT provide psychotherapy or professional counseling for students as part of their role at DMU. The counseling process and agreement with a student would constitute a dual role relationship (see below). CMHC students may be referred for counseling as a result of action under the Professional Behavior Standards outlined in the Student Expectations sections of the handbook.
Students seeking insurance policies can consult the Office of Student Services for a list of companies providing insurance for students. International students are required to obtain insurance once they are in the United States. Students enrolled in a clinical program (Psy.D., CMHC) are required to obtain professional liability insurance prior to beginning their practicum/internship experiences.
The University recognizes that it is responsible for assisting students in obtaining reasonable first aid when they are on campus or onsite, including medical treatment in case of emergency, sudden illness or injury while on campus. A list of area hospitals and clinics can be obtained from the Office of Student Services. It is the responsibility of the student to follow through with additional medical attention that may be required following this emergency treatment.