Drexel University is located in Philadelphia, PA. Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is a large metropolitan city that brings art and history together with its assorted selection of museums, theatres, restaurants, sports arenas, and music venues for year round entertainment. Although a large city, Philadelphia is better experienced through its various small neighborhoods that are rich in culture and community. Convenient train and bus schedules with SEPTA make for easy commuting within the city and to neighboring towns. Philadelphia is a short drive to NYC, New Jersey shore towns, and Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania.
Drexel University was established by Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel in 1891, with the first incarnation as Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. The cornerstone of Drexel's career preparation model has been the co-operative education program, which is still an integral part of the educational experience. Through it, students alternate periods of study with periods of full-time professional employment, providing valuable professional experience. The institution's curriculum and organization of its academic programs have evolved to include nine colleges and four schools. Approximately 25,000 students are enrolled in Drexel University's 14 colleges and schools.
Drexel University's Office of Counseling and Health is housed within the Division of Student Affairs. The Counseling Center has two locations: one in University City-Main Campus, and one located in Center City. The mission of the Counseling Center is to support the academic goals of Drexel University through assisting students with personal challenges that interfere with their academic progress, and to promote and foster the academic, personal, and interpersonal development of Drexel students. Our work is guided by the ethical and practice standards of our professions, with the goal of providing the best services possible. Psychological services are both remedial (including crisis intervention, assessment and referral and counseling/psychotherapy) and preventive (including psycho-educational workshops, outreach programming and peer training). The Counseling Center seeks to be fully integrated into the university community by providing consultation to faculty and staff regarding student concerns, serving on university committees as well as teaching and training.
The Counseling Center employs a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, a licensed professional counselor, case manager, and a psychiatrist. A variety of theoretical perspectives and areas of expertise are represented among the staff. The Counseling Center predominantly works within a 15 session limit, but may work with students who require longer-term services.
The client population reflects the diversity of the Drexel student body in terms of race/ethnicity, religion, gender and social class. Client's ages typically range from 18-30 years old. Clinical diagnoses include Axis I and Axis II psychiatric disorders and range in severity from mild to severe. The most frequent concerns as presented by students include: depression, stress management, anxiety, disordered eating and body image concerns, trauma, issues of cultural identity and international student concerns, adjustment problems, relationships, sexual orientation, difficulty expressing feelings, career planning, balancing school, work and relationships, and substance use/abuse. The Counseling Center also provides crisis management during business hours and off-hours.