James A. McClintock Center for Counseling and Psychological Services


James A. McClintock Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

Coronavirus Service Update


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Therapy and consultations are being offered remotely this semester

Welcome to the McClintock Center for Counseling and Psychological Services! We are committed to the well-being and success of the Drew community and support students in meeting their academic and personal developmental goals, taking into consideration the long, natural breaks built into the academic calendar. Therefore, we focus on wellness at multiple levels, most especially, community, interpersonal, and psychological wellness.  

After an intake meeting, and according to clinical best practices, we recommend services from the following options: 

    • Crisis Intervention. Do you feel as though you’re in crisis? If so, please contact the counseling center at 973-408-3398 or email counseling@drew.edu during business hours.  After business hours, call Campus Security 973-408-3379 (They will contact the appropriate Residence Life Staff to respond)
    • Group Therapy: In thinking about your own mental health and satisfaction with your relationships, you might be thinking of certain themes or circumstances that you would like to work through. We can easily say that there likely are others in the community who are looking to address the same kinds of themes you are. As a result, therapy groups are the main offering in our menu of services.
    • Outreach Programs and Multi-Session Workshops:   For example, we offer workshops on topics such as self-care or stress reduction. We may also address multiple kinds of wellness at once, for example, using mindfulness techniques, developing relationship skills, or addressing procrastination. 
    • Consultations: Sometimes you may just want to consult with a counselor for a session or two about a concern you have (e.g., how to help a friend, roommate issues, etc.). We have you covered there, too, with our brief consultations. 
    • Referrals: We can help you to connect with referrals in the community for longer term therapy or a higher level of care. 
  • Solution-Focused Brief Individual Therapy: If it is clinically indicated, this service is based on several factors that we are happy to discuss with you during your intake. Short-term counseling is generally fewer than 12 sessions.

 Tips on teletherapy.

Help page for faculty and staff.

We are open and offering teletherapy for both individuals and groups thanks to an emergency order from the US Department of Health and Human Services allowing us to be more flexible with the technology we use. Whether we can provide teletherapy depends on the jurisdiction you reside in.

Intake sessions for new clients will be conducted remotely. New clients should set up a screening appointment. You can email counseling@drew.edu  to set up an appointment. If you call our phone (973-408-3398) and leave a message, the message will be sent to us at counseling@drew.edu.We may call you initially so make sure you can be in a private place when your session is scheduled.

Updates to these policies will be posted here if they change. Read more about Drew’s coronavirus information here.

How to Use Our Services During the Coronavirus Emergency

In order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Counseling and Psychological Services will be offering remote therapy. In addition to phone sessions, remote therapy sessions will be offered over Doxy.me,  or through Zoom. If you do not have good internet access, we now have permission for the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct telephone sessions.

How to Use Our Services When Coronavirus Emergency is Over

During the regular school year, you can make an appointment to see a Counselor by calling or by visiting the McClintock Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. We are located on Drew University’s campus in Holloway Annex (in the same building as Health Services, see picture above) right up the hill from the University Commons. We are the door immediately to the left as you enter the building. You may walk in or call 973-408-3398.

After you call you will be scheduled for an appointment, it can usually be scheduled within a few days (in an emergency a counselor will see you right away). After the introductory interview, a treatment plan will be developed in consultation with the Counseling and Psychological Services treatment team. The treatment plan may be:

  • Group counseling, All requests for services are first considered for potential group membership. For a variety of problems, group treatment is more effective than individual therapy and it is especially effective for college-age people. Unlike individual therapy, group therapy is not time-limited.
  • Referral to one of our Therapeutic Workshops or Seminars, These are open to any Drew student, run on an open basis
  • Short-term individual counseling. Most of our students are seen for brief therapy (1-12 sessions). If you are to be seen for individual therapy, the team will assign you to a therapist.
  • Referrals out for more intensive or specialized treatment. There are many local therapists and treatment centers that provide long term or specialized treatment, many of whom are within walking distance to the campus.

General E-mail: counseling@drew.edu*

*Email is not a confidential form of communication. Please do NOT send emergency messages to this account, as we are not able to respond immediately.

If You Are In Crisis on Campus

• When the COVID-19 Crisis is over: During the Fall and Spring semesters, please contact us by phone, 973-408-3398 (Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm)
• Your RA or the Coordinator of Residential Engagement Director will work with Campus Security or Counseling to get you the help you need after hours.

If you have Drew's Student Health Insurance

You can call CareConnect and talk to a licensed mental health clinician any time, day or night, at 1-888-857-5462.

If you are having a psychiatric emergency and are off campus

• In Morris County, you can call Morristown Medical Center Crisis Intervention (973-540-0100)
• Call 911 or your local hospital's emergency room

Other crisis numbers include:

• National Text Helpline: Text "hi" to 741741
• 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• Morristown Medical Center Crisis Intervention (973-540-0100)
• Morris Cares Sexual Assault Hotline (973-829-0587)
• Caring Contact : 908-232-2880 (7:00 am - 11:00 pm)
• National Transgender Support Line: (877) 565-8860, Eastern time: 11 a.m. to 5 a.m.