by Ian C. Edwards, PhD, LP (Director, Duquesne University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy)
The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, located in 636 Fisher Hall, establishes itself on a philosophy of life that is congruent with the University Mission. We view the student in terms of his/her striving for contentment, happiness, and flourishing. Our goal is to provide services and resources that will enable the student to live a meaningful life based on a mind/body/spirit approach to wellbeing, an approach that honors the fundamental dignity of the human person by valuing him/her in his/her totality.
The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center offers free confidential personal psychotherapy to all currently enrolled Duquesne students. Confidential short-term personal psychotherapy is provided for a variety of reasons, such as difficulty adjusting to college life, personal and/or emotional distress, homesickness, test anxiety, sleep disturbances, etc. Students in need of more frequent, long-term psychotherapy will work with our case manager to find resources that will meet his/her needs. If psychiatric services are needed, our case manager will work closely with each student to ensure that he/she gets connected with a psychiatrist in the community. Crisis Support is available from the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center 24/7 by calling the University police emergency number, 412-396-2677 (COPS).
A variety of support groups and workshops are available on request for topics of current interest, such as time management, stress management, test anxiety, eating disorders, cultural diversity, or specific topics can be requested. Biofeedback sessions are also available.
The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center has an interfaith meditation room available to all students, faculty, and staff. The room has a full complement of meditation/prayer benches, meditation cushions, and meditation/prayer beads. It has a small altar where the icons and images will be rotated on a regular basis. The room also has a bamboo shoe rack at the room’s entrance for occupants to remove their shoes prior to beginning his/her practice. The room can be reserved for workshops, classes, and small group retreats.
Wellbeing Coaching is available for students who don’t present with a psychological concern that would be better served through counseling/psychotherapy. Wellbeing Coaching is for students who are interested in attaining a degree of balance in his/her life through learning about and practicing a “cross-training” program that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Students will be introduced to theories and practices that will develop each of the aforementioned areas, such as; meditation and mindfulness, physical exercise, biofeedback, nutritional awareness, intellectual inquiry, and more. Students will work with a Wellbeing Coach so as to develop an individualized cross-training program designed to improve psychological, physical, and spiritual health.