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Northwest Missouri State University


Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

Where are you located?

We are on the northwest corner of campus, close to the high-rise residence halls. See campus map.

What hours are you open?

The University Wellness Center is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday during the academic year, with limited hours during the summer trimester.

Do I need an appointment?

We can serve you best through an appointment, as this lets us work with times available and your schedule. In general, for clinical appointments we will be able to see you for an acute illness within 24 hours of your call.  Except for emergencies, patients seeking clinical care who present without an appointment are seen after the scheduled visits.

How do I get an appointment?

Call Wellness Services at 660.562.1348 during office hours. Call as early in the day as you can to schedule. You can also schedule a clinic appointment online.

What about after-hours, weekends and holidays?

  • If you need attention when we are not open, please go to St. Francis Hospital and Health Services. They are located on 2016 South Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468. Their phone number is 660.562.2600.
  • If you have a question about your condition after hours, Community Health Plan offers a 24-hour nurse line. Their registered nurses have the experience it takes to provide quality health information. This local service is free and confidential and is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please call 1.800.455.2476 to access this service. 

Who do I call for an emergency?

For medical emergencies, always call 911 for assistance, either on or off-campus.

Health Insurance and Payment

Health Insurance and Payment

Students' designated fees paid with tuition covers the costs of routine office visits, which include consultation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations only. Students are responsible for the cost of services such as procedures (such as, but not limited to, toenail removal, stitches, or wart treatment), lab work (such as, but not limited to, pregnancy tests, urine tests, blood work or pap smear testing), and medications. Any charges associated with a visit to Wellness Services not covered by these fees (as described above) will be charged to a student's University account.

I have insurance but do not have my card with me. Can I still file with my insurance?

In order for Wellness Services to file your claim we will need to have a copy of your insurance card on file. We ask that you bring your card with you or provide it to us within 48 hours of your visit. This can be done by faxing us a copy (please fax both sides of your card to 660.562.1585) or by bringing your card to Wellness Services for us to make a copy.

I just received an EOB in the mail. What is this?

EOB stands for "Explanation of Benefits."

It is important to carefully read the EOB when you receive it. Your health insurer sends this document to you after you receive healthcare services. Remember, this is not a bill. Reviewing your EOB is a big step in preventing healthcare fraud and medical identity theft. If you find inaccuracies in this form, you should contact the medical provider and your health insurer's customer service.

What does it mean to be "In-Network?"

Being in-network means that we are contracted with your insurance company. We will file a claim to your insurance company on your behalf. If for whatever reason your insurance is not enforced or services are not covered, your student account will be billed.

What does it mean to be "Out-of-Network?"

Being out-of-network means that we are not contracted with your insurance company at this time, but we are working on getting a contract with them. Regardless of whether we are in or out-of-network, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf. Your insurance carrier may not cover services provided at Wellness Services, or may cover them at a reduced rate (for example, they may only pay 50% of the bill, rather than 80%). Again, talk to your insurance carrier before you arrive at Northwest so you know whether services will be covered by insurance.

What if my health insurance does not cover the services provided at Wellness Services?

Once we are denied payment from your insurance carrier (that is, you have not met your deductible, we are out-of-network, or the services delivered were not covered by your insurance company), we will bill your student account and you will be responsible for payment of all services not covered by your insurance.

Personal Development and Counseling

What is Counseling All About?

Students often come to PDC with the kinds of concerns and interests listed below:

  • how to build healthy relationships
  • depression and anxiety
  • concerns about diversity and culture
  • sleep habits
  • test anxiety
  • stress reduction
  • questions about personal values/beliefs
  • how to be more positive
  • developing one's identity
  • body image and eating habits
  • sexual concerns
  • death of a loved one
  • public speaking anxiety
  • concerns about a friend
  • coping with traumatic events
  • overcoming procrastination

Individual Counseling Sessions

Staff members can help students explore, understand, and work through concerns and challenges on a one-to-one basis.  Individual personal counseling can help students find alternatives, expand choices and overcome obstacles that interfere with personal development, a sense of well-being and academic success.

As it relates to personal development and counseling, Wellness Services operates primarily on a brief therapy model.  Our experience and research shows that most students who seek services at counseling centers get the assistance they need within one to four sessions.  Some students need a bit more and receive up to 6 sessions, per semester, which is the limit.  For situations that may require long-term counseling, Wellness Services can assist you in finding appropriate community resources.

The reason we offer short-term counseling is because it is the best method of reaching the greatest number of students.  We serve the entire Northwest student body, and we want to make sure everyone has a chance to get what they need.

Group Counseling

Students often benefit most from sharing information, experiences, and support with students with similar concerns.  Groups typically involve 1-2 counselors with 6-8 students, and they usually meet weekly or biweekly for 60-90 minutes.

Consultations

We are available to consult with students, faculty and staff for:

  • Appropriate referral information for off campus counseling services
  • Program planning and implementation
  • In-service training and presentations
  • Orientation to our services
  • Concern about a student

Relationship and Couples Counseling

Even the best relationships provide potential ground for upsets now and then. Conflict, misunderstandings and other interpersonal struggles can leave you feeling confused, frustrated and distanced from those you care about. Friendships, dating relationships, spouses, roommates, family members and even professional relationships can all use "tune-ups" from time to time. The PDC is here to help you fine-tune your relationships for increased connection and satisfaction.

The focus of our relationship and couples counseling is on identifying areas of difficulty and strength, then assessing and strengthening areas of need. We typically work with couples and dating relationship issues with both parties present. Sessions last 75-90 minutes and are based on the extensive research of Drs. John and Julie Gottman which focus on helping couples learn to be better communicators, better friends, and to develop the skills necessary to compromise and mange conflicts and stressors that are unavoidable realities in even the best partnerships. For non-couples relationship issues, we offer 45-50 minute sessions with similar goals of assessment of strengths and challenges, then working with the individual to improve areas of need. (NOTE: The PDC is unable to provide simultaneous individual and couples counseling to an individual student, but we will assist you in finding appropriate community resources if the need arises.)

Outreach (Programs and Presentations)

Our outreach programming represents our commitment to reach out beyond our office walls to the Northwest community. In presenting our educational workshops, seminars, classroom presentations, and events we have the goal of helping Northwest students to be resilient and self-aware as possible. If we can help students learn about stress management and positive psychology before they get too stressed-out; about eating problems before they get too caught up in their diets; about getting help for depression before they've been depressed all semester; then we can help them prevent small problems from becoming larger.

We make presentations and facilitate discussions in residence halls, academic classes, student organizations, and faculty/staff groups. Upon request, we will gladly create specific programs geared toward improvement of the mental health and overall success of our campus community. In the past, requested topics have included stress management, positive psychology, understanding depression, guidelines for healthy relationships, how to help a distressed student, motivation, and dealing with grief/loss.

How to Make an Appointment

Appointments may be made by calling 660.562.1348 or by coming to Wellness Services. Because we believe so much in the value of face-to-face relationships, we do not counsel through e-mail or telephone.

Counseling sessions generally last about 45 minutes for individual therapy. An intake is the first appointment scheduled with Wellenss Services for personal development and counseling. During this session, the counselor and student assess the concerns, needs and goals presented and explore avenues for resolution.

After Hours Emergency

If you have an emergency, please contact one of the following resources:

  • University Police 660.562.1254
  • St. Francis Mental Health Services 660.562.2227 or 1.800.841.3866
  • Support Line 888. 279.8188

Other Questions

What do most people come in to talk about?

There is no one thing that people come in to talk about. Overall, the most commonly identified concerns are relationships, stress/anxiety, depression, and family issues yet there is a wide range of other issues that students cope with as well.

How do I get placed with a counselor?

At your first appointment you will meet with a counselor who will ask you questions pertaining to what you wish to achieve through counseling. Then the counselor will consult with the other counselors and assign you to a counselor who will best match you and the goals you are hoping to achieve through counseling.

Who will know that I'm being seen at Wellness Services?

If you are 18 years of age or older, you are no longer considered a minor. Therefore, your records will be kept confidential and we will not speak about you with anyone else, without your written permission, unless we're concerned that you present a psychological or physical danger to yourself or others, in cases of child/elder abuse or neglect, or in the rare instances when a court of law could subpoena Counseling Center records.

What if I'm concerned that I'll take away time from someone who REALLY needs it?

We are here for any student who struggles with concerns in their lives. Everyone is welcome to seek our services.

I'm not so sure I need counseling...what happens if I change my mind?

We encourage students who are not sure to come in and give it try. Sometimes one visit is all that is needed to gain a new perspective on a problem or to find out about another resource that could be of better help. Most of the time, students find that the whole experience is not as bad as they thought and they find it pretty helpful!