UGF Student Development Counseling Services offers confidential personal and crisis intervention counseling without charge for currently enrolled students. These services may include issues such as stress, grief, depression, suicide, decision making, relationships, substance abuse, self harm, sleep issues, academic concerns, eating disorders, goal setting and other topics.
The UGF Counseling Services are designed to be limited to issues which may be addressed in a relatively brief service model. They are not intended to replace a therapeutic relationship with a mental health provider, but are instead helpful for identifying mental health needs and local referrals for therapy. UGF does not have 24 hour counseling coverage. All students who may be at risk of needing after hours crisis intervention are referred to the local hospital--Benefis Healthcare Emergency 1101 26th St. So. 455 5200, Voices of Hope Crisis Line 406-453-HELP (4357) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If students are perceived to be in need of long-term counseling, individual psychotherapy, psychiatric services, the treatment of mental health issues with medication, or protection from self harm,, the UGF Student Development Counseling Service will provide referrals to qualified mental healthcare providers in the Great Falls community. If any student appears to be of danger to himself/herself or others, immediate steps will be taken for outside help. As with all referrals to health care providers, billings for services are handled by private payment to the health care professional or with the student's insurance provider.
For more information contact:
Linda Fagenstrom, M.Ed.
Student Development Counselor
John A. Balog, PhD
Vice President of Student Development