To begin services, students will talk with a RCC clinician for an initial assessment. This 20-30 minute interview is to determine the nature and scope of the students concern as well as to help develop the most appropriate plan of services. After the initial interview, the student will be referred to a RCC clinician for short-term therapy, additional Rice University services, or they may be referred into the community for long-term therapy or open-ended therapy.
A RCC clinical staff member will make an assessment and determine how to best address your concerns. During each session, the clinician and student will work together one-on-one and explore the student's concerns and/or challenges. Together, they will determine the number and frequency of the sessions. All clinicians are able to assist in assessment and treatment and are assigned to students based on availability and the nature of the problem.
In certain circumstances, it may be determined that your needs would be better served by other resources, especially if you require long-term or specialized treatment. Generally, a clinician will assess your needs during the initial interview to determine appropriate referrals for off-campus services. Information about referrals is confidential.
Students first meet with one of the RCC clinicians before being referred to the RCC psychiatrist. Once the referral is made, the student will meet with the licensed board-certified psychiatrist at the Morton L. Rich Health Center (next to the Brown Master's house). Students utilizing our psychiatric services will also need to be involved in individual therapy with a RCC clinician. If a student is only seeking medication management, the care coordination manager will help students find off-campus psychiatric referrals.
Support groups and theme-centered therapy groups offer a safe environment in which students can gain greater self-awareness, interpersonal sensitivity and skills and will have the opportunity to work on problem solving as well as a variety of other issues which the group decides to focus on. Groups typically meet for 60-90 minutes once a week throughout the semester and are led by RCC clinicians.
RCC's Commitment to Diversity
The RCC staff values and embraces the diversity of the student body. All students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socioeconomic class, age, political beliefs, and religious spiritual beliefs are welcome at the RCC.
Educational Materials and Presentations
The RCC has a range of material on mental health issues. The Gibbs Wellness Center houses a library dedicated to the overall wellbeing of students' mental, physical and emotional health. The RCC also provides informational flyers and have identified web-based materials that students may find useful, and staff members periodically present on a variety of topics throughout the academic year.
Consultation for Faculty, Staff, Parents and Students
We are guided by the professional standards and ethics of our diverse mental health disciplines. The RCC encourages the Rice community to consult with a member of our team if they are concerned or worried about a student. We can consult on a variety of issues pertaining to the overall wellbeing of both undergraduate and graduate students. While most consultations are provided by phone, students are encouraged to stop by the Gibbs Wellness Center to meet with a clinician for a brief face-to-face consultation or to schedule a more in-depth consultation at a later time.