Psychological Services

Scope of Service

The Wellness Center’s mental health services are time- and scope-limited. Students who need long-term treatment and support will typically be referred to community resources for more intensive, ongoing treatment. Likewise, students whose concerns necessitate a specific type of expertise that is not available in the Wellness Center may also be referred to community resources.

IT IS THE POLICY OF THE WELLNESS CENTER TO NOT PRESCRIBE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AND/OR STIMULANT MEDICATION, UNLESS SUPPORTED BY APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION AND PSYCHIATRIST APPROVAL.

The Wellness Center’s role on campus is to assist students with their health and mental health concerns by being a neutral source of supportive counseling and health services, so that students can achieve their academic goals. The Wellness Center does not make determinations whether or not a student is fit to return to university activities (return to campus evaluations) or whether or not a student is fit to continue university activities (involuntary withdrawal). We also do not make determinations about specific academic accommodations.

The following services are NOT provided by the Wellness Center and will require referrals to community resources:

  • Medical detox for substance dependence

  • Documentation for emotional support animals
  • Drug testing

  • Medical stabilization for severe eating disorder concerns

  • Psychological evaluation for the purpose of employment clearance

  • Psychological evaluation for academic and disciplinary matters

  • Forensic evaluations

  • University mandated evaluation and/or treatment

  • Services to fulfill students’ court-mandate assessment or treatment requirements

  • Custody evaluations

The nature and complexity of a student’s presenting concerns and the overall context are considered in making appropriate treatment recommendations. In situations in which a student’s needs require a referral to community resources, the Wellness Center will frequently provide bridging services to help the student in managing their presenting concerns and provide support until the student is able to connect with the appropriate community resource. The Center is also able to coordinate care with the Student Outreach and Support (SOS) team, in order to provide maximum support with minimum disruption to academic progress.

The Shrink Space is a referral website University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus has partnered with to help students connect with off-campus mental health care providers. Sometimes off-campus care is recommended by the Wellness Center and sometimes it is a choice that students want to have as an option. Visit The Shrink Space to search for providers who meet your particular needs. If you have any questions about how to seek out community services, please contact us.