5 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) with Psychological Counseling Services

By Rachel Bryan

Many Native American students come to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) from communities that suffer from high unemployment rates, high rates of substance abuse, and high suicide rates (Educating a Diverse Nation, p. 17). Since Native American students attending TCUs have to adjust to college life while coping with the struggles of their communities, TCUs are beginning to offer psychological counseling. Here are five TCUs that provide psychological counseling for their students:

1) College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN)

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The College of the Muscogee Nation’s Health and Wellness Services include counseling, as well as services related to substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. They ensure that staff are “knowledgeable of Native American viewpoints of health services and can provide a sensitive approach to making students feel comfortable seeking help.”

 

2) Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers counseling via their Student Support services, where counselors are equipped to address “mental health, domestic violence, sexual violence, grief support, college transition and career planning, and a range of emergency and crisis issues.”

 

3) Haskell Indian Nations University

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Haskell Indian Nations University offers counseling via their Counseling Center. They are prepared for short-term counseling, and if the initial assessment requires, they will make referrals to other community resources.

4) Sinte Gleska University

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Sinte Gleska University offers Personal Counseling, specifically, through their Student Assistance Program. With the goal of decreasing dropout rates, counselors are prepared to discuss “substance abuse, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, family problems, suicidal thoughts, financial management difficulties and interpersonal problems.”  

5) United Tribes Technical College

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United Tribes Technical College provides counseling through their Psychological Services housed in their Wellness Center. Counselors are prepared to address ”anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, family counseling, co-dependency,” and “relationship counseling.”

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