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Student Success Center

About Us

The Student Success Center provides Counseling and Disability Support Services in an environment that is wellness-enhancing, inclusive, and welcoming for students.  Please stop by and meet the outstanding Student Success Programs staff and learn about the many programs and services available.

All services are located in the Orendorff Building, Room 101.

Counseling Services

The Student Success Center has professionally licensed counselors who can provide personal, career, and crisis intervention counseling in a confidential atmosphere to any student requesting it.

People seek counseling for a variety of issues including:

  • Dealing with stress and/or feelings of depression
  • Relationship issues with friends, family, or significant others
  • Eating issues and concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self esteem and self confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Sexuality

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Disability Support Services

WELCOME to Northwest College! You are about to embark on a journey that may very well change your life in ways you never dreamed possible. Your journey from this point will require courage, commitment, and the ability to see beyond the here and now. In many ways you will be changing yourself, your view of the world, and the way in which other people see you. So often students say, “if only things were different, I could…” And then the visualization stops. So, change yourself, modify your life plans, look into the future and cast yourself into a different role. In the process of taking control of your own destiny, you often influence the way in which other people treat you. You will encourage respect and admiration. This also can include the way you view yourself. By changing yourself in small ways, you can change one aspect of your world for the better. Let the journey begin…

Students with disabilities can work with Disability Services staff to bring their dreams to reality. It takes time, it takes commitment, and it takes the courage to say, “I need help.” Most students would rather pretend that they are perfectly capable of attending college, working, maintaining relationships, and keeping their worlds in perfect order, than to appear they are incapable. The truth is, we all need assistance whether we have a disabling condition or not.

The College offers a number of services to help students with disabilities succeed in their academic work. To make arrangements for services, contact the Coordinator of Disability Services to talk about your experiences and expectations to help identify what types of accommodations you may need and what information needs to be gathered to support those accommodations.  There are multiple sources and types of information that are useful, including educational records such as an Individualized Education Plan, letters from educators, diagnostic reports, letters from health care  providers, records of past accommodations from testing agencies or employers, letters or records from local, state or federal agencies such as an Social Security Disability Insurance determination or Veterans Affairs records.

Physical Impairments

Visual, hearing, mobility, chronic illness, speech

 

Psychological Impairments

Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Learning Disorders

Learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

What is a disability?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities. These functions may include caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working. To accommodate special needs, the office of Disability Services coordinates a variety of accommodations to assist students in their academic endeavors. 

Managing COVID-19 Concerns

The Counseling Center is working to adapt services to meet your needs during this difficult and unusual time. To protect the health of students and staff, we are no longer providing in-person services. This will remain in effect for the remainder of the semester or until in-person classes resume on campus. However, we will continue to offer services by phone, video conferencing and email.

Accessing Counseling Center Services:

Phone/video appointments are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm by calling the Student Success Center at 307-754-6135 or by email at studentsuccesscenter@nwc.edu

 

Managing COVID-19 Concerns:

We have compiled some strategies and suggesting for students struggling with concerns regarding this pandemic.

  • Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties of the future.
  • Stay virtually connected with others. Try using phone calls, text messages, video chat, and social media to access social support networks. If you are feeling sad or anxious, use these conversations as an opportunity to discuss your experience and associated emotions. Reach out to those you know who are in a similar situation.
  • Create and follow a daily routine. Maintaining a daily routine can help preserve a sense of order and purpose in one’s life despite the unfamiliarity of the situation. Try to include regular daily activities, such as learning, working, listening to music, spending time being creative, and other healthy pastimes.
  • Limit news consumption to reliable sources. It’s important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19, but too much exposure to media coverage can lead to increased feelings of fear and anxiety. Limit time spent on news and social media.
  • Pay attention to positive news instead of only focusing on negative and fear-producing reports.
  • Practice grounding techniques and breathing exercises. Remind yourself to breathe when you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and emotions. Try not to catastrophize and instead focus on what you can control. Consider keeping a daily gratitude journal or doing relaxation exercises like deep breathing, positive imagery, muscle relaxation, etc.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Prioritize getting a healthy amount of sleep, eating well, moving or exercising regularly, and avoiding alcohol and other recreational drugs. Sleep, nutrition, and exercise greatly impact the body’s ability to regulate emotions.
  • Follow the protection and prevention tips found on the CDC’s, Center for Disease Control’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Online Resources:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

www.virusanxiety.com

www.jed.foundation.org

https://mhanational.org/covid19

 

Mental Health Crisis and Emergency Resources:

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or present to the nearest hospital emergency department. 

Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center- offers emergency services 24/7 in Park County. Call 888-863-0535 to reach a local therapist. Contact 307-587-2197 or 307-754-5687 for an appointment.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-8255

Virtual Wellness Resources

With the Johnson Fitness Center closed, and many of our student, employee, and community members at home preparing for a term of online classes, homeschooling, or working from home, the Johnson Fitness Center is providing a list of virtual resources to help maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. Check out this list below for at-home fitness ideas, mental health resources, tips for online learning, and more!

Stay in shape at home!

Missing the JFC? Here are some few resources to help you get your sweat on at home!

JFC Group Fitness Classes via ZOOM: open to everyone, join the JFC every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm for a high energy group exercise class! A link to these classes will be sent via your NWC e-mail and posted on the JFC Facebook page!

University of Wyoming YouTube: check at UW's Campus Recreation at their new YouTube channel that will help you stay fit at home!

Club Dauntless Group Fitness Classes via ZOOM: for a list of their group fitness classes with local instructors and the link to join, visit the Club Dauntless Facebook page. No membership required!

Anytime Fitness: check out the Anytime Fitness Facebook page for their list of free virtual workouts!

Paul Stock and Aquatic Center: be sure to look at the free workouts from the Paul Stock and Aquatic Center Facebook page from their trainers and instructors!

Popsugar Fitness: free access to a variety of workout videos!

Nike Run Club: track your runs and walks with this free app! This app also has a selection of guided runs if you need a little extra coaching!

Explore Outside!

Social isolation doesn’t necessarily mean staying inside. Go to a local park, take a walk outside, and, if it is available, go to the mountains! Make sure you follow executive orders and current COVID-19 measures. Some outdoor options might be temporarily restricted. Here are some options to explore the outdoors while staying inside!

Epic Films for the Great Indoors: a collection of short films to enjoy on your couch about the great outdoors brought to you by the BANFF Centre of Arts and Creativity. 

Virtual Tour of National Parks: Check out the beauty of your backyard, Yellowstone, or other National Parks from the comfort of your home!

Big Horn National Recreation Virtual Field Trip: Join the Big Horn National Park on their virtual field trips every Friday that take you into the park and explore its beauty and history! 

Learning and Working from Home

Transitioning to online learning or working from home can be tough. Here are some tips to be productive away from the classroom or worksite!

NWC Successful Student Tips: here are some tips to help students be successful while transitioning to online learning! 

5 Tips to Work Well from Home: the BBC gives you 5 tips to keep you productive while working at home. 

Working from Home with Kids: Yale experts share strategies to continue to be successful in your career working from home while managing your household. 

Mental Health and Mindfulness

Don't forget to check in on yourself!

NWC Student Counseling Services: for NWC students, don't forget to check in with the Counseling Center whenever you need to. 

Guided Meditations: help yourself relax with meditation! Check out this list of free guided meditation apps. 

Coping with Stress during COVID-19: here are the CDC's recommendations to manage the added stress of COVID-19. 

Pass the Time

To help pass the time, try journaling, starting a new hobby, or get started on that spring cleaning!

The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross: find your inner artist with soothing classes to help you relax! 

Disinfecting your Home: here is the CDC's recommendations to cleaning and disinfecting your home from all viruses and bacteria!

Spring Cleaning Checklist: might as well get started on your spring cleaning while you're stuck at home!

1 Second of Everyday: get this video diary app and "Imagine a movie that includes everyday of the rest of your life."

Tasty: find your love of cooking by watching these free video tutorials on hundreds of recipes!

Virtual Tours of Zoos: enjoy watching live feedings, baby animals, and playtime with these virtual tours of zoos!