Vanderbilt’s new Student Care Network officially launched July 1, providing a holistic, inclusive system of health and wellness services and resources to the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
The launch is a key element in the university’s initiative to support the community’s mental health and wellbeing. Vanderbilt announced in fall 2017 that it would be transitioning to a new integrated model of care for all students.
“We want to be a national leader in innovative approaches to promote the wellbeing of our community,” said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. “Students are a vital part of the Vanderbilt community, and we are committed to supporting them in both physical and mental health.” The new network supports the recommendations of a chancellor-appointed committee that issued the Strategic Plan for Mental Health and Wellbeing in March.
“We want all members of our community to reach their full potential, and Vanderbilt is committed to providing an environment that not only encourages research and discovery but also promotes mental health and wellbeing,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. “Our goal is for students to have the right support in the right place at the right time, and this network is designed to make that happen. The launch of the Student Care Network is an important milestone and represents the hard work of many members of our campus community.”
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The key element of the network is the new Office of Student Care Coordination that opened on July 1. Staffed with a team of care coordinators, the office is the central and first point of contact for students to identify needs and determine the most appropriate resources to address concerns.
“The staff in the Office of Student Care Coordination are the people who will help the students access the care that they need. The care coordinators will work collaboratively with students to develop a success plan and get them connected to the right resources,” said Cynthia Cyrus, vice provost for learning and residential affairs. “Students told us that they needed a better way to navigate the resources that we have available, and this new office provides that personal contact and guidance.”
The creation and launch of the new University Counseling Center, which replaced the Psychological and Counseling Center as of July 1, is also part of the Student Care Network. Under the direction of the UCC’s inaugural director, Todd Weinman, services will follow a stepped-care model, providing short-term tailored care based on specific needs. This support includes enhanced services, partnerships with campus wellness offices, and resources for campus in times of crisis.
A new website provides access to the Student Care Network, linking students to the wide range of services available on campus and in the community. The primary offices within the network are the Office of Student Care Coordination, the University Counseling Center, the Student Health Center and the Center for Student Wellbeing. Through the network, students also have access to additional on-campus and community resources—from the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Project Safe to a variety of community providers.
The primary offices in the Student Care Network are:
Office of Student Care Coordination: This office assists students in navigating the overall network. A new team of care coordinators will help students identify their needs and determine the best resources within the network and the Nashville community. The care coordinators will also follow up with students to ensure they are following their plan.
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University Counseling Center: As a key component of Student Care Network, the UCC provides mental health assessment, support and treatment for students. The center is staffed by highly skilled, multidisciplinary teams of professionals who offer crisis intervention, alcohol and other drug counseling, short-term individual counseling, group therapy, biofeedback, ADHD and learning disorder assessments as well as psychiatric assessment and pharmacologic treatment. The new UCC, which reports to the Office of the Dean of Students, replaces Psychological and Counseling Center, which reported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
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Center for Student Wellbeing: The center supports the personal development and academic success of students using an integrative, holistic framework. Its nonclinical offerings range from academic skills and wellbeing coaching to recovery support and skill-building workshops. This care complements coaching support in some of the graduate and professional schools.
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Student Health Center: The center’s staff of physicians and nurse practioners deliver primary health care services focused on the unique needs of the student population, from office visits to allergy shots, immunizations, and LGBTI health care. The center’s services will often overlap with the work of the UCC and the Office of Student Care Coordination.
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