The goal of Counseling Services at William Jewell College is to provide students with psychological services in a safe, supportive environment. Students often seek therapy in an effort to cope more effectively with mental health issues as well as the multi-faceted demands of college life. Services are offered without charge to currently enrolled students. Visits to the Office of Counseling Services and the contents of therapy sessions are kept confidential; however, information may be released with students’ written permission or when students pose an imminent threat of harm to self or others.
Contacting Counseling Services
The Office of Counseling Services is located at 216 Yates-Gill College Union. The office is down the hall from The Perch, next to the Office of Career Development and Internships. To schedule an appointment, please call 816-415-5946 (ext. 5946) or email Dr. Hager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is the preferred method of communication for scheduling appointments. Staff and faculty may refer students to Counseling Services or may call for consultation related to a student for whom they are concerned. If staff or faculty have immediate concerns about a student, they should contact the Office of Student Life at 816-415-5963 (ext. 5963).
Tricia L. Hager, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Kelli McKinney, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor
The Counseling Services staff provides individual psychotherapy on a short-term basis. Students typically attend between 2 and 10 sessions, depending on the nature of their concerns. Individual therapy provides the opportunity for students to talk with a therapist in order to explore, understand, and process personal as well as educational concerns. Presenting issues may include among others: depression, anxiety, mood swings, poor self-image, family conflict, grief and loss, substance abuse, cultural identity problems, sexuality or gender concerns, self-harm or adjustment difficulty. Typically, students meet with the therapist on a weekly or every other week basis, and sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes.
If there is sufficient demand for a therapy group, the Counseling Services staff is available to provide this opportunity. Group therapy can allow students to explore relevant issues, gain understanding of themselves, and provide peer support in the context of a group setting. Such groups might address stress management, academic difficulties, interpersonal issues or family functioning. General therapy groups may also be offered for students presenting with a variety of psychological concerns. Please contact the Office of Counseling Services if you are interested in forming a therapy group.
Consultation, Outreach and Prevention
Counseling Services staff provides consultation to the college community regarding issues of mental health. If you know of a group in need of a specific program, please contact the Office of Counseling Services to make arrangements for a group presentation or workshop. The following are a few of the outreach topics that may be requested: anxiety, depression, eating concerns and body image, substance abuse or stress management.
If a student requires more specialized or comprehensive treatment than can be provided by the clinical staff in Counseling Services, or if an off-campus therapist is preferred, a referral can be facilitated to a community practitioner or resource. Please email Dr. Hager to request a list of local off-campus providers.
In the event of a life-threatening medical or safety emergency, please call 911.
If the emergency is not immediately life-threatening, students on campus should contact Campus Safety at extension 1411 (cell 816-365-0709) or notify their Resident Director. Faculty and staff members calling on a student’s behalf should do the same. If the emergency is a mental health emergency, the psychologist will be contacted to work with Residence Life and Campus Safety in providing assistance to the student.
If the emergency is not immediately life-threatening, students off campus should contact their local hospital or a mental health crisis line. The following is a list of resources:
During regular office hours:
Office of Student Life: 816-415-5963 (ext. 5963)
Liberty Hospital: 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive – (816) 781-7200
Liberty Police Department: 101 East Kansas Street – (816) 439-4701 (or 911)
MOCSA, Sexual Assault (24 hours): (816) 531-0233
St. Luke’s Northland Hospital: 601 South 169 Highway – (816) 532-7160
Tri-County Emergency Hotline (24 hours): 1-888-279-8188
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Line: 800-833-3915
Get Help Now: 800-999-9999
LGBTQ Helpline: 1-866-488-7386
Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, then press 1
- Take a quick mental health test from a self-evaluator which identifies common mental health issues
- Learn more about mental health issues and the warning signs of emotional distress and suicide