The mission of the Counseling Center, and the Department of Student Services at Western Nebraska Community College is to help the students to resolve personal difficulties which may interfere with optimal personal and academic functioning.

We help students acquire skills, abilities, and knowledge that will enable them to succeed in obtaining their educational and personal goals. The WNCC Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling as well as substance abuse, evaluation, and education to assist students in their time of need. Our services are free and confidential to WNCC students and their families.

All contacts with the Counseling Director are confidential. This office will not release any information about you without your written consent. This includes parents and other family members, faculty or other college personnel or anyone outside the college. Also, your contacts with the counseling office do not become part of your college record.

Several legal limits to the confidentiality we can render include:

  • Information about child abuse or neglect must be reported to the proper authorities.
  • If a student is a danger to him/herself or others, steps must be taken to protect the student from those who are in danger.
  • Information about abuse to the elderly must be reported.
  • If you are involved in court proceedings, your record or records can be subpoenaed.

Regarding e-mail:

We strongly discourage people from contacting us via e-mail regarding personal problems. Given the nature of e-mail, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of your correspondence. Additionally, the counselor can do a much more thorough job in helping you with face-to-face contact. We cannot guarantee that the e-mail will be read in a timely fashion or that we will be able to respond with the need that is necessitated. Please use the phone numbers listed at the right or stop by our office.

Screening for mental health:

  • Depression screening
  • Bipolar disorder screening
  • Alcohol screening
  • Eating disorder screening
  • General anxiety disorder screening
  • Post traumatic stress disorder screening