Counseling Services, located in the CATS 202 office suite on the top floor of the Center for Achievement and Transition Services, provides the following at no charge to Peru State students. Click on the title links to learn more.
CARE Team (Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation Team) CARE Team Referral Form (For referring someone who may pose a risk to him/herself or to others) Online Mental Health Screening (For helping you explore symptoms of common mental health problems)
Online Alcohol Use Screening (Get instant feedback about your level of risk)
Meet Your Personal Counselors
Drug and Alcohol Counseling/Resources
PSC Drug and Alcohol Counseling/Resources is a harm reduction program that utilizes counseling techniques, educational information, and non-judgmental stance to help the individual make positive changes in their lives, and educates individuals on how drugs and alcohol can affect our short and long term goals.
Social Perception Myths
Students tend to have an overinflated perception of how many students on campus drink or use marijuana. AlcoholWise is an online course utilized by PSC to correct this misconception. After taking the AlcoholWise course, a higher percentage of students accurately perceived the norm for the number of students who drink.
Based on the Report from AlcoholWise completed by incoming freshmen, 80.6% report not drinking. Those students who choose to drink or use drugs are less than what social perceptions would lead to believe.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students)
BASICS program (brochure) provides counseling services for students who have a variety of alcohol or drug related issues. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized BASICS as an evidence-based model program.
Referral to BASICS
The staff, coaches, and faculty can refer a student of concern or who have a misconduct. A student can also be self-referred or by another student. The referral form is available at the link here.
Peru State students who have an alcohol violation on- or off-campus may be required to complete the BASICS program administered by Peru State Counseling Services. Students may be mandated to attend by Peru State’s Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Residence Life, or Athletics Department. Any student is welcome to attend.
Additional Information and Links
Peru State provides free personal counseling services to all students. Counseling can help with making decisions, improving personal skills, developing increased confidence, overcoming blocks to personal effectiveness, and acquiring a keener awareness and appreciation of one’s own needs and the needs of others. The counseling process may involve exploring and expressing feelings, examining beliefs and ways of thinking, reflecting on patterns of behavior, and working toward making healthy changes.
Distance learners can access counseling services via phone or Skype. Phone counseling is recommended since the confidentiality of Skype connections cannot be guaranteed. However, those choosing to use Skype can do so by sending the counselor a request to be added as a contact.
Scheduling an Appointment
Appointments are made directly with the counselor, and drop-ins are welcome when the counselor is not already in session. Counselors are generally available during regular business hours: Monday — Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
In the event of an emergency, please call 911. After-hour counseling can be sought for students in duress but does not substitute for emergency assistance. Peru State has a CARE Team (Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation Team) to address concerns that specific individuals may pose a risk to themselves or to others. To make a referral to the CARE Team, contact one of the CARE Team members or fill out the CARE Team Referral Form.
Workshops & Activities
Our licensed student counselors offer a variety of programs that meet students where they are in their everyday lives. Presentations can be offered live or some are recorded and posted online to make them more accessible to students. Continue to monitor this page as brief, mini presentations will periodically be added. Counselors are available to collaborate with students and faculty, often through fun and creative activities, to raise awareness of mental health issues and drug and alcohol initiatives. If you would like to ask about workshops and activities that we can offer your group, email C2@peru.edu.
Please view our mini presentations by clicking on the following: Stress Management; Mindfulness; SMART; Building Social Connections; Test Anxiety; Improving Study Skills; Effective Communication Skills ; Personal Responsibility ; Homesickness; Time Management
Chair: Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Dean of Student Life
Assistant Director of Residence Life
Director of Assessment, Research and Student Success
Licensed Student Counselor Representative from Academic Affairs
Director of Human Resources
Other individuals as necessary based upon situation and/or individual being assessed