Philosophy of Service Delivery

The philosophy of service delivery within the Memorial University Student Wellness and Counselling Centre rests upon encouraging the development of students' own unique resources and supporting their personal growth, mental health and well-being. In implementing this philosophy, the Centre strives to promote a developmental and preventive framework for campus services as well as meeting the immediate needs of students.

Memorial’s Student Wellness and Counselling Centre comprises counselling (i.e. clinical and counselling psychology; personal, academic and career counselling), student health (i.e. medicine and nursing), and wellness professionals (i.e. wellness navigators and case management).

The newly renovated Centre houses all three components of student care and is committed to developing and furthering interprofessional practice and research to advance the Healthy Campus movement. The SWCC collaborates closely with other student services, including the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre, the Internationalization Office, and Student Life. The new dynamic and integrated Student Wellness and Counselling Centre facilitates collaborative interprofessional relationships, resulting in more efficient and higher quality student care.

Our service model includes a wide array of programs that are designed to assist students, including drop-in single sessions, seminars and workshops, structured and unstructured groups, brief individual counselling services, online e-mental health, and community referrals. Treatment planning is informed by initial and ongoing assessment and is responsive to changes in student goals, resources, distress and/or need. We encourage students to work collaboratively with their counsellor to find the program(s) that will work best for them.

The Student Wellness and Counselling Centre is also an integral part of the academic community; thus, scholarship and training are core activities. SWCC faculty members are engaged in counselling and teaching activities, research and scholarly activities (i.e. scholarship of discovery, teaching, integration, and application), and academic and professional service. Faculty rank, promotions and tenure are granted within the Centre.