Counseling and health
Counseling Psychologists Pat Baker (A-110, ext. 214), Joëlle Elbaz (A-114, ext. 505) and Marilyn Payne (A-112, ext. 215) provide guidance and support on personal and vocational issues. All counseling is confidential and can be arranged by making an appointment in Omnivox or by contacting Josie Cavaliere (A-106, ext. 244).
Appointments must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and students must fill out the consent form before they come to their first appointment. Vocational testing is available to help students develop a clearer picture of themselves and their future plans.
Counseling Services also provides group workshops to enable students to develop self-awareness, enrich interpersonal relationships and share concerns. Counselors promote student success and mental health by offering support in such critical areas as:
- managing stress
- managing time efficiently
- preparing for exams
- remembering material
- taking notes
- taming procrastination
- creating an efficient study schedule
Counselors also create support groups, educating the Marianopolis community and helping students with issues such as eating disorders and sexuality. Students interested in starting a new group are invited to speak with a counselor.
Counseling vs. Academic Advising
Counseling is distinct from Academic Advising: counselors concentrate on one’s psychological well-being (personal development, problem-solving and self-understanding) and planning for university and one’s career; academic advisors support academic planning, registration, course changes and matters related to getting into university (requirements and application procedures, for example).
Sick? Injured? Not feeling so well? Or just looking for some general health information? Nurse Anna Forlini (A-166, ext. 517) and the Marianopolis First Aid Team offer free health-related information, as well as help to students. She is available 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for confidential consultation on health concerns such as injuries, illness, contraception and stress management.
The First Aid Team is a student organization dedicated to helping the College community in times of need. Every member is First Aid-certified. The volunteer First Aid Team staffs the Health Room (A-164) for quick and efficient response to illness and injury.