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Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
UPIKE THRIVE Counseling Center provides short-term mental health services including personal counseling, group counseling, consultation and referrals. Services are free and confidential for all currently enrolled UPIKE students.
There is no question that distress levels have a major impact on our well-being. Competing demands, fiscal challenges, navigating transitions, relationships and previous life events require a great deal of emotional and cognitive energy. Moreover, the natural stress of these dimensions can quickly morph into distress which negatively impacts our health. Although distress can activate a whole range of mental health challenges, our resiliency is more potent than we realize.
The THRIVE Model identifies the six dimensions that cultivate our resiliency and optimizes our cognitive, emotional and physical functioning. The more we put our energy into these six THRIVE dimensions, the more effective we are and the more fulfilling we experience our life to be. The THRIVE Counseling Center at UPIKE focuses on assisting our students in cultivating this THRIVE template in their day-to-day choices and behaviors.
Our well-being goal is not simply to manage stress, but rather to optimize resiliency and fulfillment. Remember that we as human beings are going to put our energies into something – why not put those energies into what truly fosters our optimized self? Come THRIVE with us!
Visit one of our counselors:
Glenna HensonDirector of Thrive Center, LPCCOffice: Record Memorial, 6th Floor Telephone: (606) email@example.com
Glenna has been working in the mental health field for 25 years and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient locations including psychiatric centers, detention centers, and community mental health centers. Her specialty areas include anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, OCD, adjustment disorders, women’s issues, and LGBTQ issues. Glenna enjoys working with young adults and the best way to contact is email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THRIVE Counseling Center offers free and confidential short-term personal counseling, group counseling and consultation to any currently enrolled UPIKE student.
To schedule an appointment by phone, please email email@example.com or call (606) 218-4357 or 606-218-4479. During the call, someone will speak with you briefly to assess your basic concerns and your availability for scheduling an appointment.
Instant access digital mental health support is now available to all students at UPIKE. These services provide safe and anonymous online mental health support whenever you need it.
There are no waiting lists for support and no referral needed. Access to the platform is available instantly 24/7.
Support available includes:
Chats are available Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm. Go to us.kooth.com/upike to get started today!”
Our partnership with Uwill, the leading mental health and wellness solution for colleges and students, to provide our students immediate access to licensed counselors by video, phone, chat or message.
Scan the QR code on the image below to access the Uwill app from your mobile device
If you have trouble accessing the QR code the link below will take you to the Uwill website. https://app.uwill.com/
After Hours/Emergency Information
If you are in a mental health emergency during standard hours of operation (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), contact the Thrive Counseling Center at (606) 218-4357 or Public Safety at (606) 477-0262.
If you should experience a mental health emergency after normal office hours or during the weekend, contact Public Safety at (606) 477-0262 and they will notify one of our counselors who can assist with the situation. You may also contact the Mental Health Hotline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or call 911.
Mental health apps focus on protecting or improving mental health using methods including meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), providing a valuable support network.
Below is a list of a few free apps to help increase well-being:
The Thrive Counseling Center serves as a resource to faculty and staff by providing consultation, referral information and education on mental health topics.
Faculty and staff who are seeking mental health services for themselves, family or friends may contact our office to receive referral information on providers in the community.
THRIVE does provide personal counseling to university employees, only students. Employees may also use THRIVE counseling for a source of referral and then are encouraged to use their Employee Assistance Program Benefit through Humana by calling Human Resources at (606) 218-5346 or HR@upike.edu
Faculty and staff are often the first people who a student confides in. If you should have questions about how to be supportive to a student, how to effectively address an emotional/psychological issue with a student, or how to make a referral, the THRIVE Counseling Center staff can provide confidential consultation.
If there is a mental health topic that you would like to address with students in your class, residence hall or organization, please contact THRIVE.
Common topics include: Addictions, stress management, healthy coping skills, L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ ally training, self-esteem, positive body image, sexual assault prevention/healthy relationships and alcohol education.
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION is a relationship that helps support your spiritual journey and quest. This relationship is rooted in two people who have a desire to grow in spiritual depth. A spiritual director is a trained spiritual guide who listens to and companions someone. Often spiritual direction is used to help a person discern life transitions and to help facilitate the asking of big life questions. The task of the spiritual director is to diligently pay attention to the person’s story and the movement of God’s Spirit, and to encourage spiritual growth.
For more information contact University Chaplain below:
Rob Musick, Dmin, SDChaplain/Instructor of ReligionOffice: Armington 460Cell: 419-560-6381 Robertmusick@upike.edu
With over 20 years of ministry experience as a chaplain and one who provides pastoral support, Chaplain Rob offers a safe space to be heard and to explore the deep questions of life. You are invited to reflect, wonder, and dive deep through listening, questioning, and investigating your own spiritual journey through the space provided in spiritual direction. Rob loves to companion with people in their spiritual path, the best way to reach Rob is through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or texting at 419-560-6381
All personal counseling services and medical records are strictly confidential. There are some limitations to confidentiality as mandated by law or professional ethical code. Your counselor can explain those limitations.
The information below serves as an archive of the Universities actions taken during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This information is here for archival purposes.
Effective immediately, UPIKE announces it will lift its indoor mask requirement and transition to mask optional for students, faculty, staff and visitors in most campus facilities. This change comes at a time when the community and campus COVID numbers are on a decline.
Masks will be optional in residence halls, offices, athletic venues, campus dining locations and event spaces. Masks are required in classroom settings; however, faculty may, at their sole discretion, lift the mask mandate in their classroom at any time.
In healthcare settings like the Kentucky College of Optometry Dr. Jerald F. Combs Eye Clinic and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine OMT Clinic, masks will still be required.
UPIKE realizes for some this transition can be met with excitement but perhaps some uneasiness as well, so anyone in the campus community who feels more comfortable continuing to wear their mask is encouraged to do so.
This update to UPIKE’s masking policy will continue to be evaluated by university leadership and local and state health advisors.
Students and employees of UPIKE are strongly encouraged to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination. While the vaccination is not currently required to reside, attend classes, and work at UPIKE, certain students, faculty, and staff who work in health care or clinical settings are required to be vaccinated. Students and employees who have been vaccinated and are eligible for a booster are strongly encouraged to obtain a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least five days and can then return once they are symptom free and fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing meds. Upon return, they must continue wearing a high-quality mask for an additional five days. If you have moderate to severe symptoms including respiratory symptoms, you should isolate for the full ten days. You are required to wear a well-fitting face mask for ten full days from the start of symptoms. Isolation may not be shortened if a mask cannot be worn properly and consistently.
Students that remain on campus after receiving a positive test for COVID-19 will be housed in a residence hall, designated for isolation, and will have meals delivered (as capacity allows).
If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you must wear a well-fitting face mask for ten days from your last exposure. You should test for COVID-19 on day five or upon experiencing any symptoms. If feeling symptomatic regardless of test outcome, assume it is COVID until you have 3 negative tests on separate days.
All information regarding vaccination status and/or testing results will be kept confidential and shared only with those UPIKE employees who have a need to know.