Let’s Talk: Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Let’s Talk”?

Let’s talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with a counselor from Counseling Services. The counselor holds walk-in hours in the Mansion, Room 203 on Tuesday and afternoons from 2:25 to 3:15 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

What happens at a visit to “Let’s Talk”?

Appointments are first-come, first-served. Usually there is not much of a wait. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective and suggestions for resources.

How is “Let’s Talk” different from meetings with a Counseling Services counselor in the Wellness Center?

At the Wellness Center counselors provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-weekly 45-50 minute appointments, made in advance. “Let’s Talk” is not formal counseling: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time, conveniently located at the Mansion during a time when there are no classes scheduled.

Who should visit “Let’s Talk”?

This service is open to all SVC students and is the best fit for the following people:

•    Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor;
•    Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor; and
•    Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling, but I don’t know anything about counseling. Would going to “Let’s Talk” help me figure out what to do?

Absolutely, the counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help.

I’m reading this right now and trying to figure out where to go to get help, because I’m in an immediate crisis. Can I go to “Let’s Talk”?

If you’re in an immediate crisis, it’s best to contact Counseling Services (802-447-6343) during business hours during the week and by calling Campus Safety (802-447-4001 or 802-384-1648) when Counseling Services is unavailable. The “Let’s Talk” drop-in service is not a crisis intervention service.

What else do I need to know?

Although “Let’s Talk” counselors are professionals, “Let’s Talk” is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. “Let’s Talk” counselors provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it’s like to speak with a counselor. The “Let’s Talk” counselor can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment at Counseling Services.

“Let’s Talk” visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?

Conversations with “Let’s Talk” counselors are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or vulnerable adult is being abused. “Let’s Talk” counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students, and in the event of an emergency or a student is referred to Counseling Services, other Counseling Services staff may see the notes. Finally, these notes can be released in the unlikely event of a court order. “Let’s Talk” visits are NEVER noted on a student’s official college academic record.

We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a “Let’s Talk” counselor.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Tara McCuin at 802-447-6343 or tmccuin@svc.edu.

The “Let’s Talk” program is modeled in part on the “Let’s Talk” program at Cornell University. We are indebted to our colleagues there for the name and idea; some of the material from their website, as well as from other colleges using the “Let’s Talk” program, has been duplicated here with permission. We appreciate the work of Matt Boone, LCSW, at Cornell in leading the development and dissemination of this program.