Psychological Services Department

Psychological Services Operation due to campus closure related to COVID-19:

Currently, Psychological Services offices across all campuses are closed. However, Psychological Services is still offering free individual therapy to SCCCD students during the Fall 2020 semester via phone or Zoom meetings. Remote services with SCCCD Psychological Services therapists are only available for State Center Community College District students over the age of 18 that are currently enrolled in classes.

If you are a student and you would like to set up therapy, please fill out our online intake form. If you are unable to complete the form due to technical issues, you can complete the PDF version of the form located here: PDF Intake Form and email it to us directly at PsychServices@SCCCD.edu


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Unfortunately, due to the limitations of remote therapy, Psychological Services staff are unable to engage in therapy with students who are actively in crisis.

If you are a student and you are:

  • Experiencing thoughts or urges to harm others or end someone else’s life
  • Having suicidal thoughts
  • Experiencing thoughts or urges to harm yourself or end your life
  • Actively engaging in self-harm

Please immediately call 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or call SCCCD campus police at (559) 442-8201. You can also contact:

  • the National Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255
  • the Central Valley Crisis Line at (888) 506-5991
  • or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

If you are a student and you would like to set up therapy, please fill out our online intake form. If you are unable to complete the form due to technical issues, you can complete the PDF version of the form located here: PDF Intake Form and email it to us directly at PsychServices@SCCCD.edu

 You can also call the Psychological Services main line (559) 443 - 8687 to let us know you are interested in therapy. Please leave a message with your name, student identification number, and phone number, and one of our clinicians will return the message within 5-7 business days.

 

Eligibility

All current active students of Fresno City College (and any community college within the State Center Community College District) are eligible for clinical services. In the event that a student drops their coursework, services may be terminated and appropriate referrals will be offered.

Students may seek Psychological Services for various reasons. The following are some common student concerns: adjustment to college, anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, personal growth and exploration, grief and loss, stress and anger management, and questions regarding sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

Intake (Triage) Process

During the initial intake/triage session, students are informed of SCCCD Psychological Services policies as well as their rights as a client, the limits of confidentiality, and other information pertinent to clinical settings. The best treatment referral options for the student are determined by the therapist during this session, which may include a referral for therapy outside the clinic with a community-based therapist or other resource.

Once students have completed their intake with Psychological Services staff, the therapist will let the student know what treatment is recommended. Students may be asked to pursue any of the following options:

  • Online individual therapy through Psychological Services at SCCCD
  • Online group therapy through Psychological Services at SCCCD
  • Assessment through Psychological Services at SCCCD

If the therapist determines that the most comprehensive treatment for the student cannot be best addressed by SCCCD Psychological Services, the student may be referred to:

  • Free individual therapy through the Gary W. Cannon Psychological Services Center, operated by the California School of Professional Psychology at Fresno's Alliant University: PSC Website
  • Our list of community resources, which include psychiatric services, psychotherapy services, crisis hotlines, and other community clinics/services.

If you are a student with concerns about another student, please review the Crisis Do’s & Don’ts for Students for assistance.

If you are a current or previous client of Psychological Services at any SCCCD campus, we invite you to fill out our survey: Satisfaction Survey

 

Assessment

SCCCD Psychological Services offers multiple types of psychological testing for students. If you have concerns that your education is being impacted by an undiagnosed mental health condition such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder or Depression, please email us at PsychServices@SCCCD.edu for further information about our assessment services.

 

Currently, Psychological Services offices across all campuses are closed due to COVID-19. However, Psychological Services is still offering free online therapy to current SCCCD students via phone or Zoom meetings.

All online therapy services with SCCCD Psychological Services therapists are only available for State Center Community College District students over the age of 18 that are currently enrolled in classes.

 Online therapy services are offered Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, with the exception of holidays and observed campus breaks (spring break/winter break). During the summer semester, Psychological Services hours are 8am – 3:30pm Monday through Friday.

 

Online Individual Therapy

If you are a student and you would like to set up individual therapy, please fill out our online intake form. If you are unable to complete the form due to technical issues, you can complete the PDF version of the form located here: PDF Intake Form and email it to us directly at PsychServices@SCCCD.edu

You can also call the Reedley Psychological Services main line at 559-638-0328 to let us know you are interested in therapy. Please leave a message with your name, student identification number, and phone number, and one of our clinicians will return the message within 5-7 business days.

 

Online Group Therapy

Psychological Services is excited to offer 10 different weekly group therapy opportunitis, open to all currently enrolled SCCCD students 18 or over!

Groups offered in Spring 2021:

  • Mondays:
    • Rainbow Radar Mon 3pm-4pm: LGBTQIA+ support
  • Wednesdays:
    • Anxiety Toolbox Weds 9am-10am: Learn skills to cope with anxiety
    • Healthy Relationships Weds 10am-11am: Relationships & boundaries
    • Body Project Weds 11am-12pm: 2-Week body image workshop
    • Parenting Group Weds 3pm-4pm: Parenting during the pandemic

If you are interested in any of the above groups, please fill out our Group Consent Form.

 

Talking Circles

Psychological Services also hosts Talking Circles, intended to be a safe place for students to express their feelings on specific topics. In Talking Circles, SCCCD therapists act more as a moderator than a therapist, as the focus is on helping students feel heard. If you are interested in one of our Talking Circles, you can email PsychServices@SCCCD.edu or complete our Talking Circle Form to be added to the mailing list for upcoming Talking Circles.

Talking Circles offered in Spring 2021:

  • Justice & Healing Circle for Students: Wednesdays at 2pm
  • Justice & Healing Circle (Clovis Staff & Faculty only): Wednesdays at 12pm
  • Thriving in College With ADHD & Learning Disabilities: Every 1st & 3rd Weds at 1pm
  • Support & Solidarity Talking Circle: 4/21/2021 12pm
  • Stop Asian Hate Talking Circle for Students: 5/13/2021, 1pm 
  • Stop Asian Hate Talking Circle for Staff: 5/14/2021, 1pm
If you would like to be kept informed of upcoming TBD Talking Circles, complete the form here: Talking Circles Info Request Form.

 

Suspended Services:

The following psychological services are canceled/postponed during this time and will resume once staff are allowed to return to the campus and see students face-to-face:

  • Walk-In Crisis Services
  • On-campus and community outreach/events

If you are a faculty member or administrator with non-emergency concerns about a student and you would like to consult with a member of Psychological Services, please call our mainline at (559) 443 - 8687 and leave a message. Alternatively, you can email the department at PsychServices@SCCCD.edu. A clinician will return the message within 2 – 3 business days.

At this time, staff who have a student in serious crisis (disclosing harm to self or harm to others) should immediately call their Campus Police department or local police to evaluate the student rather than referring to Psychological Services in order to ensure the safety of the student.

If you are unsure, please review the Crisis Do’s & Don’ts for Staff.

Please note that SCCCD Psychological Services clinicians can NOT contact students who have not completed a Request for Services Form. If you would like to refer a student to Psychological Services, please have them complete this form: Request for Services.

Mental Health Resources

The content on this page is intended for general informational purposes and as an aide in your overall wellness. It should not be used in place of a visit, call, or consultation with, a qualified care provider or therapist. You should not disregard or delay seeking care from your healthcare provider or therapist because of something you have read, heard, or seen on these pages or files.

Do you already sleep eight or more hours a night but still feel tired during the day? Sleep quality is more important than sleep quantity, that is, how well you sleep is more important than the number of hours you sleep. Try the following tips to help you get better, more restorative, sleep.

  1. Follow a consistent sleep routine: Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day…even on weekends and vacations. Occasionally staying up a few extra hours for a party or to meet a deadline is acceptable as long as you maintain your normal waking hour the next day and use early afternoon naps and/or earlier bedtimes for the next few nights to make up the lost sleep.
  2. Add exercise and/or gentle stretching to your daily routine, and try to get some sunshine during the day. Cardio exercises work best; however, all exercise is helpful. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 hours before bedtime. Exercise is the only proven way for healthy adults to boost the amount of deep sleep they get.
  3. Avoid caffeine and nicotine for 8 to 10 hours before bedtime. Caffeine keeps you awake by blocking adenosine, a brain chemical that helps you fall asleep. For some people, a single cup of coffee in the morning means a sleepless night. Those who do not want to give up caffeine should avoid it after noon if they are especially caffeine sensitive.
  4. If you nap, keep it short and early. Naps should not last more than 30-40 mins or they may disrupt your nighttime sleep. Avoid naps if they keep you from maintaining a consistent bedtime or if you have trouble falling asleep.
  5. Turn off all electronic devices (computer, TV, video games, bright lights) at least 30 mins before bedtime. Bright light at night can suppress your body’s production of melatonin and make it harder to sleep. Replace bright lights with lower-wattage bulbs or install dimmer switches that allow you to keep the lights low. Make sure there are no lights that you can see from bed during the night (ex. LED charger lights, screen lights, LED clock display.) Keep computers, televisions, work, exercise and/or study materials out of the bedroom.
  6. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Relax! Worrying about a problem or a long to-do list can be a recipe for insomnia. Try comforting rituals that may help lull you to sleep: Listen to soft, calming music, take a warm bath, do some easy stretches or read a book or magazine by soft light.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends seeking medical advice if sleep deprivation has compromised your daytime functioning for more than a month. Do not hesitate to ask for help when you are sleeping badly following a death in the family or other stressful event.

Free MP3 files of music and exercises to help you relax, sleep, and manage stress, provided as a courtesy of Community Wellness at MIT Medical. Original sources: MIT Medical Community Wellness.

  • Breath Awareness: MP3
  • Brief Muscle Relaxation: MP3
  • Sleep Techniques: MP3
  • Relaxation Exercise in Spanish: MP3
  • Test Anxiety: MP3
  • Neck Tension: MP3
  • A trip to the Beach: MP3
  • A Safe Place: MP3
  • Changing Color: MP3

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