Due to current concerns regarding COVID-19, Counseling Services is following Chaminade University’s recommendations found on the Coronavirus Information webpage that is updated regularly. The Counseling Center recognizes how important it is for us to support CUH students now more than ever. We commit to doing everything we can to continue supporting students, while also taking all available steps to keep the health and safety of our students as our main priority. Please call (808) 735-4845 for any counseling inquiries, (808) 739-4603 for any ADA inquiries, and/or send any email to the firstname.lastname@example.org. Help is available through our center.
Helpful Websites Regarding COVID-19
Chaminade University of Honolulu offers accommodations for all actively enrolled students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act (2008).
Students are responsible for contacting the Counseling Center to schedule an appointment. Verification of their disability will be requested through appropriate documentation and once received it will take up to approximately two to three weeks to review them. Appropriate paperwork will be completed by students before notification will be sent out to their instructors. Accommodation paperwork will not be automatically sent out to instructors each semester, as the student is responsible to notify the Counseling Center each semester if changes or notifications are needed.
Confidential counseling for individuals and couples are also available for all actively enrolled students at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Students are able to receive up to 10 sessions free of charge. Sessions typically last 60 minutes, which are dependent on the needs of the student. If needed, referrals to off-campus mental health services are available and can be provided through the Counseling Center. Crisis services continue to be available for students who are referred out. Our services assist students with, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, crisis intervention, self-esteem, loneliness, family concerns, interpersonal issues, time management, stress management, adjustments to college, identity issues, eating challenges, substance use issues, etc.
We are located in the Student Support Services Building, Room 101. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. The center is interested in serving all Chaminade University of Honolulu students. If you are inquiring about beginning counseling and/or ADA accommodations, please contact the Counseling Center at (808) 735-4845 or send an e- mail to email@example.com. Walk-in appointments are available for urgent emergencies and/or crisis services during our regular office hours. Due to limited staff, staff will prioritize needs should we already have scheduled appointments that day.
If you or someone you know are experiencing a psychological emergency (i.e., feeling suicidal/homicidal, experiencing psychotic symptoms, or having a substance related crisis, etc.) we recommend that you call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room for assistance. If you are on campus, you may call Campus Security at (808) 735-4792.
During normal business hours, you may be unsure of what to do in a specific situation. If this occurs, you may reach out to the Counseling Center Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. We are generally able to return calls or respond to emails in a timely manner. We do take walk-ins, though we may have scheduled appointments booked that day. Depending on the nature of the situation, we may be able to see you. If you are unable to get in touch with us you may contact Campus Security at (808) 735-4792.
After business hours, if you or someone else is experiencing an immediate life-threatening emergency, please do one or more of the following. Contact:
Campus Security at 808-735-4792 (If on campus)
Go to the nearest emergency room/department.
LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOMS IN THE UNIVERSITY AREA
|Kapiolani Medical Center |
for Women and Children
|1319 Punahou Street,|
Honolulu, HI 96826
|Emergency Room Open 24 Hours|
Ph: (808) 983-6000
|Queen’s Medical Center||1301 Punchbowl Street|
Honolulu, HI 96813
|Emergency Room Open 24 Hours|
Ph: (808) 538-9011
|Straub Medical Center||888 S King Street |
Honolulu, HI 96813
|Emergency Room Open 24 Hours|
Ph: (808) 522-4000
CRISIS RESPONSE SERVICE
Crisis Line of Hawaii at 808-832-3100. Anyone can call the Access Line 24-hours a day and request for Crisis Mobile Outreach (CMO) worker be sent to any location. On Oahu, they promise a response time of 90 minutes or less. The person has to want help. The CMO worker will help address the immediate crisis needs and get the person hooked up with any state services they qualify for. A new person receives a crisis worker for 30 days who helps the person get set up with other services if needed.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line at Text START to 741-741
Trevor Helpline for LGBTQ youth at 1-866-4U-TREVOR (488-7386) or text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
Military One Source at 1-800-342-9647. 24/7 counseling hotline at no cost to service members and their families.
Veteran’s Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 838255
Information for Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff have direct contact with students on a daily basis. You will likely encounter a student who you may be concerned about or a student may express concerns to you directly who may need to be referred for counseling services.
Some signs and symptoms in students to look out for who may need to be referred include, but are not limited to the following:
- Confused thinking
- Prolonged depression (sadness, irritability, hopelessness)
- Anger, unruly aggressive, acting out behaviors
- Feelings of extreme highs and lows
- Excessive fears, increased worries, anxieties
- Social withdrawal/isolation
- Significant changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations)
- Unusual thinking patterns or behaviors that concern other people (delusions)
- Growing inability to cope with problems and activities
- Suicidal thoughts and/or self-harm behaviors (burning, cutting)
- Substance use
- Changes in hygiene
- Feeling stressed/overwhelmed
- Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive
- Engaging in high-risk activities
- Numerous unexplained ailments (aches, headaches, digestive problems, pain)
- Obsessive thinking or compulsive behaviors
- Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life (tardiness, absenteeism, homesickness)
What can you as faculty and staff do to help students who may be in distress?
- Schedule an appointment to meet with the student or pull them aside to talk with them privately.
- Ask the student how they have been doing and if there are any issues that they are having.
- Express your concerns to the student and respect if they do not want to share information with you.
- Listen actively and show empathy.
- Discuss information about the Counseling Center as a confidential resource and how to make an appointment.
If a student is 18 years or older, written permission/release of information needs to be completed in order for the Counseling Center to release any information about the student to particular individuals. By law, the Counseling Center cannot disclose any information about the student unless in limited circumstances, such as if there are safety issues that present such as risk of harm to self or others. Therefore, confirming that a student was seen at our Counseling Center, is making scheduled appointments, or if any information is wanting to be requested about a student a release is needed.
Faculty and staff are welcomed to provide any information about a student or engage in consultation via email or via phone with the Counseling Center whether a student should be referred. The Counseling Center cannot share any information with you without a release from a student legally.
Information for Parents
What can you as parents do to help your children?
- Check in with them regularly by calling, texting, talking online, and/or sending them postal mail.
- Have open conversations about their concerns.
- Normalize their experience with difficulties adjusting and anticipated transitions.
- Listen actively and show empathy.
- Encourage them to outreach to campus activities and social supports as much as possible to stay connected.
- Guide them to resources on campus, especially the Counseling Center.
If a student is 18 years or older, written permission/release of information needs to be completed in order for the Counseling Center to release any information to parents. If a student is under 18 years old, we may need to obtain parental consent before your child is able to receive services at the Counseling Center. If you would like to obtain information about your child from the Counseling Center, encourage your child to sign a release. Please understand that this may be the first time your child feels comfortable seeking counseling because of the confidential nature of our sessions, which may help them open up. Please think about your reasons for wanting to
know information about your child. By law, the Counseling Center cannot disclose any information about your child unless in limited circumstances, such as if there are safety issues that present inclusive of risk of harm to self or others.
Parents are welcomed to provide any information about their child that they are concerned about and/or may engage in consultation with our Counseling Center whether their child could benefit from services by emailing or calling us directly. The Counseling Center cannot share any information with you without release from your child legally.
Student Stress Calendar
- Possible roommate issues (adjusting to living away from home with different people) and social adjustments with establishing friend groups, dating, and determining where they fit in
- Difficulties adjusting academically (schedule, time management, academic load)
- Learning the campus/local culture and familiarizing themself with places on and off campus
- Academic stress builds with studying and preparing for midterms
- Continued roommate challenges and social adjustments
- Increased feelings of loneliness with being away from home
- Increased pressure academically
- Procrastination and difficulties maintaining their academic load
- Possible anxiety about finances with the holidays approaching
- Health issues usually begin to arise with increased stress levels
- Academic planning for Spring semester occurs
- Increased academic pressure with finals approaching
- Difficulties with staying motivated with the holidays approaching
- Financial strain continues with holiday gifts and traveling
- Post-holiday homesickness and depression occurs
- Anxiousness begins about starting the next semester
- Contemplation of changing major or transferring schools begins
- Social adjustments are difficult with losing touch with peers over the holidays
- Some social supports strengthen or weaken
- Planning for Fall semester occurs with living arrangements
- Students continue to decide on majors and whether to transfer
- Academic pressure increases with midterms
- Peer pressure to engage in alcohol and drugs with the end of the semester approaching may occur
- Procrastination with school work begins to occur
- Planning for spring break occurs
- Financial stress increases with the end of school approaching
- Academic pressures continue to increase with the end of the semester approaching
- School work begins piling up
- Registration for Fall begins
- Preparation for summer begins with finding jobs or going to summer school
- Anxious symptoms increase with the end of school nearing and having to move back with their parents for the summer
- Pressures of finals occurs
- Worries about their academic standing at the end of the year
- Sadness and anxiety occurs with having to say goodbye to their friends