The Psychological Services Center (PSC) offers a wide variety of confidential services to SGU students and employees and, occasionally, other members of the Grenadian community. These include:
- Individual counseling and psychotherapy
- Group counseling and psychotherapy
- Family and couples counseling and psychotherapy
- Performance enhancement
- Psychological disability services
- Alcohol and drug programs
- Career counseling
- Crisis intervention during psychological emergencies and post-disaster
- Psychotropic medication consultation
- Trainings, workshops, and seminars (e.g., paraprofessional counseling, stress management, substance abuse prevention)
Our clinicians can assist with navigating much of the more challenging aspects of the human experience including:
- Interpersonal conflicts
- Learning difficulties
- Psychological disabilities
- Self-esteem and personal growth problems
- Sexuality and gender issues
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Eating and sleep concerns
- Understanding cultural differences
- Adjusting to St. George’s University and Grenada
- Anxiety and stress management
- Loss and grief
- Career uncertainty
Q: Who are the PSC clinicians?
A: The PSC is directed by Dr. Terry Ruthrauff. The service’s clinicians include psychologists, psychotherapists and physicians. For individual bios, please visit the Staff page of the PSC website at www.sgu.edu/psc.
Q: What are the most critical stress factors for students in the university setting?
A: Particularly stressful are:
- Adjustment to university life and the pressure of studies in a new environment without the accustomed supports of home.
- Attempting to concentrate on rigorous studies when distressed by the normal worries of everyday human life.
- Test and other performance-related anxieties.
Q: What if I have a psychological emergency?
A: PSC clinicians are available 24 hours a day for psychological emergencies. More information is provided at the Emergencies page of www.sgu.edu/psc.
Q: Can I be assured of privacy and confidentiality at the PSC?
A: Yes, the PSC functions autonomously from the university administration and academic decision-making. All PSC clinicians adhere strictly to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association and requirements of the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and appropriate licensing boards. It should be noted that the PSC has been accredited by IACS since 2009.
Q: Is there a charge for use of the PSC?
A: No, services are provided free of charge to users. Any member of the SGU community who could benefit is encouraged to make contact with the PSC. Seeking help is seen as a sign of good mental health.
Q: How do I get in touch with the PSC?
A: The PSC is located on the top floors of Campeche Hall on SGU’s True Blue campus. Please drop in! Or you can phone (473) 439-2277.
Q: What other resources are available within the university to provide support for students?
A: There are many—Department of Educational Services, Office of the Dean of Students, and faculty advisors to name just a few.
Do you have more questions? If so, please drop by the PSC offices or call (473) 439-2277.