Counseling services offered by the college are free. However, a referral to a community resource may result in a fee by that individual or service.
Records of counseling sessions can never become part of a student’s transcript or academic and education records.
We understand that counseling often involves the disclosure of sensitive, personal information. Your counseling information is confidential. No information about who is receiving counseling or the nature of their visits is released without the written permission of the person. Exceptions to this include subpoena, in cases of current child abuse, or if there is an expressed intent to harm one’s self or another.
Black Hawk College counselors adhere to the ethical standards and practices of the American Counseling Association, Alexandria, Va.
Emergencies & Crisis Information
A crisis event exists whenever a person’s behavior poses imminent danger of:
- causing harm to self or others; or
- impeding the lawful activities of other members of the campus community or causing significant property damage; or
- interfering with the health, safety or well-being of other members of the BHC community.
If you have a crisis emergency while on campus contact the counseling department immediately.
During other hours:
Call Robert Young Center at 309-779-2031 or
24-hour Crisis Intervention at 309-779-2990
For physical safety emergencies:
Call the BHC Police Department at 309-796-5911
If calling from an on-campus phone, dial 5911
National crisis hotlines:
- AIDS Hotline – 202-332-AIDS (2437)
- Alcohol and Drug Helpline – 800-821-HELP (4357)
- Childhelp, Child Abuse Hotline – 800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
- Crisis Hotline – 888-793-4357
- DC Rape Crisis Center Hotline – 202-333-7273
- Grief Recovery Helpline – 800-445-4808
- National Hopeline Network – 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Suicide Prevention – 800-273-8253
- HalfOfUs.com offers you self-help tools and articles. Topics such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse are covered.
- Suicide Prevention Guide was created to help college students who have considered or previously attempted suicide that aims to provide resources for help.
- The Crisis Text Line is the only 24/7 crisis-intervention line that conducts all of its conversations exclusively by text message. Text START to 741741.
Policies & Forms
In accordance with the Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act (IGP 59.1), Black Hawk College is providing students the opportunity to authorize, in writing, the disclosure of certain private mental health information to a designated person of your choosing.
The Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Information Act in the state of Illinois provides you with the opportunity to designate an adult whom you would like us to contact in the event that you experience a mental health emergency that puts you or others at risk for serious injury or death. You are not required to designate a contact. If you would like to designate an Emergency Mental Health Contact please fill out the online form.
This Act states that an institution of higher learning may disclose mental health information if a qualified examiner makes a determination that the student poses a clear danger to himself, herself or others to protect the student or other person against a clear, imminent risk of serious physical or mental injury or disease or death being inflicted upon the person or by the student on himself, herself, or another. The qualified examiner shall, as soon as practicable, but in no more than 24 hours after making the determination under this section, attempt to contact the designated person and notify the designated person that the qualified examiner has made a determination that the student poses a clear, imminent danger to himself, herself, or others.
If you desire to designate a person that would receive certain private mental health information in such a situation, complete the form and indicate if you authorize, or decline to authorize, the disclosure of the information.
A counselor is a faculty member as well as a master’s degree-level professional trained in counseling. Counselors also work with faculty and staff as consultants and trainers and provide all services of academic advisors.
An academic advisor is a professional staff or faculty member trained to assist students with academic planning. Advisors make referrals for various student concerns to counselors or other campus services.
Due to a high demand for services, and to ensure that the greatest number of students can receive services, the college sets a limit on the total number of individual counseling appointments students may receive. Please discuss the specifics of this policy with your counselor.
No, counseling can also assist with the following:
- Adjusting to new surroundings/circumstances or a new culture
- Building self-esteem
- Choosing a major or career path
- Coping with grief, loss and depression
- Learning new communication skills
- Learning stress management
- Overcoming math or speech anxiety
- Overcoming social anxiety
- Resolving a conflict with a teacher, friend or relative