Counseling Center

COVID-19 Update: In response to COVID-19, we are offering secure telehealth sessions. Due to state licensing laws, direct counseling services are provided to Park University students who are physically located in Missouri or Kansas at the time of their appointment. All Park students will be provided with appropriate referral information if outside our service area.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Park University Counseling Center is to support the emotional, academic, and identity development of a diverse student population preparing to be lifelong learners in a global community.

WHY CHOOSE COUNSELING?

  • Manage transition and change
  • Uncertainty about life goals and values
  • Establish the stability necessary to complete your education
  • Resolve problems in personal relationships
  • Address feelings of depression, grief, loss, or anxiety
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Family concerns
  • Learn to manage stress
  • Sexual concerns; sexual orientation
  • Explore reasons for a lack of motivation, concentration difficulties
  • Abuse of alcohol and other drugs

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Counseling for individuals
  • Distance counseling
  • Specialized educational groups
  • Consultation is offered to Park students, faculty and staff

Confidentiality

All counseling information, including the fact that a student has been seen, is strictly confidential. Information on students receiving counseling is not made available to anyone (including faculty, administrators, staff or parents) without the written consent of the student. No record of counseling attendance is contained in any student academic or educational file.

EXCEPTIONS TO CONFIDENTIALITY

For the majority of students, no exceptions to confidentiality are made. However, there are some exceptions to confidentiality which you should know before you begin counseling:

  • If you are required to attend counseling for infractions of Residence Hall or Campus rules, your attendance or non-attendance in the counseling process will be reported to the referring person. The content and progress of the counseling sessions are NOT reported.
  • You may request, in writing, that the Counseling Center release information about your counseling to persons you designate.
  • If there is evidence that a student poses clear and imminent danger of harm to themselves or to others, a mental health professional is legally required to report this information to the proper authorities for the protection of the student and the community.
  • A court-ordered subpoena can require the Counseling Center to release information contained in records or require a counselor to testify in a hearing.

CANCELLATIONS AND NO-SHOWS

Personal commitment to counseling is crucial for success. We encourage you to keep all appointments scheduled. If you must miss a session due to illness or an emergency, please call to cancel the appointment as far in advance as possible. Failure to follow up and reschedule with the Counseling Center may result in losing your appointment time the following week.

STUDENT ADVOCACY

Students who need assistance with additional resources such as utility, rent, income-based housing, health care, administrative assistance, or help accessing community resources such as food pantry, WIC, Childcare Subsidy or SNAP programs can work with our center or contact Amanda Bryant, Coordinator for Student Advocacy.

CONTACT US

  • Kasey Ashcraft: (816) 584-6798; Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Clinical Interns: (816) 584-6258; Hours vary

There is no charge for any Counseling Center services for enrolled Park students.

Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.