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Student Success Center

About Us

The Student Success Center provides Counseling and Disability Support Services in an environment that is wellness-enhancing, inclusive, and welcoming for students.  Please stop by and meet the outstanding Student Success Programs staff and learn about the many programs and services available.

The Student Success Center has adapted services to meet your needs during this difficult and unusual time.  Staff is available for face to face, phone and video conferencing appointments.   

All services are located in the Orendorff Building, Room 101.

Counseling Services

The Student Success Center has professionally licensed counselors who can provide personal, career, and crisis intervention counseling in a confidential atmosphere to any student requesting it.

People seek counseling for a variety of issues including:

  • Dealing with stress and/or feelings of depression
  • Relationship issues with friends, family, or significant others
  • Eating issues and concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self esteem and self confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Sexuality

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Disability Support Services

WELCOME to Northwest College! You are about to embark on a journey that may very well change your life in ways you never dreamed possible. Your journey from this point will require courage, commitment, and the ability to see beyond the here and now. In many ways you will be changing yourself, your view of the world, and the way in which other people see you. So often students say, “if only things were different, I could…” And then the visualization stops. So, change yourself, modify your life plans, look into the future and cast yourself into a different role. In the process of taking control of your own destiny, you often influence the way in which other people treat you. You will encourage respect and admiration. This also can include the way you view yourself. By changing yourself in small ways, you can change one aspect of your world for the better. Let the journey begin…

Students with disabilities can work with Disability Services staff to bring their dreams to reality. It takes time, it takes commitment, and it takes the courage to say, “I need help.” Most students would rather pretend that they are perfectly capable of attending college, working, maintaining relationships, and keeping their worlds in perfect order, than to appear they are incapable. The truth is, we all need assistance whether we have a disabling condition or not.

The College offers a number of services to help students with disabilities succeed in their academic work. To make arrangements for services, contact the Coordinator of Disability Services to talk about your experiences and expectations to help identify what types of accommodations you may need and what information needs to be gathered to support those accommodations.  There are multiple sources and types of information that are useful, including educational records such as an Individualized Education Plan, letters from educators, diagnostic reports, letters from health care  providers, records of past accommodations from testing agencies or employers, letters or records from local, state or federal agencies such as an Social Security Disability Insurance determination or Veterans Affairs records.

Physical Impairments

Visual, hearing, mobility, chronic illness, speech

 

Psychological Impairments

Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Learning Disorders

Learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

What is a disability?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities. These functions may include caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working. To accommodate special needs, the office of Disability Services coordinates a variety of accommodations to assist students in their academic endeavors. 

Managing COVID-19 Concerns

The Counseling Center has adapted services to meet your needs during this difficult and unusual time.  Counselors are available by appointment for face to face, phone or video conferencing sessions.

All appointments are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm by calling the Student Success Center at 307-754-6135 or by email at studentsuccesscenter@nwc.edu

 

Managing COVID-19 Concerns:

We have compiled some strategies and suggesting for students struggling with concerns regarding this pandemic.

  • Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties of the future.
  • Stay virtually connected with others. Try using phone calls, text messages, video chat, and social media to access social support networks. If you are feeling sad or anxious, use these conversations as an opportunity to discuss your experience and associated emotions. Reach out to those you know who are in a similar situation.
  • Create and follow a daily routine. Maintaining a daily routine can help preserve a sense of order and purpose in one’s life despite the unfamiliarity of the situation. Try to include regular daily activities, such as learning, working, listening to music, spending time being creative, and other healthy pastimes.
  • Limit news consumption to reliable sources. It’s important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19, but too much exposure to media coverage can lead to increased feelings of fear and anxiety. Limit time spent on news and social media.
  • Pay attention to positive news instead of only focusing on negative and fear-producing reports.
  • Practice grounding techniques and breathing exercises. Remind yourself to breathe when you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and emotions. Try not to catastrophize and instead focus on what you can control. Consider keeping a daily gratitude journal or doing relaxation exercises like deep breathing, positive imagery, muscle relaxation, etc.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Prioritize getting a healthy amount of sleep, eating well, moving or exercising regularly, and avoiding alcohol and other recreational drugs. Sleep, nutrition, and exercise greatly impact the body’s ability to regulate emotions.
  • Follow the protection and prevention tips found on the CDC’s, Center for Disease Control’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Online Resources:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

www.virusanxiety.com

www.jed.foundation.org

https://mhanational.org/covid19

 

Mental Health Crisis and Emergency Resources:

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or present to the nearest hospital emergency department. 

Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center- offers emergency services 24/7 in Park County. Call 888-863-0535 to reach a local therapist. Contact 307-587-2197 or 307-754-5687 for an appointment.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-8255