The University Counseling Center (UCC) is comprised of generalist mental health professionals (licensed professional counselors and psychologists) who provide short-term clinical assessment, consultation, and counseling/psychotherapy for Wake Forest University students. The UCC’s model of care allows us to support and treat students for the majority of their concerns. Generally, the UCC offers face-to-face modalities of counseling for students:
When either the student or UCC mental health professional identify that the student’s clinical needs are outside the UCC’s scope of service or would be best served via off-campus medical and/or mental health providers, the UCC professional will provide referral options to the student. In general, student concerns are outside of the UCC’s scope of service when, in the opinion of the UCC’s treating professional:
The UCC’s services may not be available to students where a student:
The UCC will provide referral options to students in these circumstances as well.
In order to adhere to best practice recommendations, the University Counseling Center does not offer documentation to support Emotional Support Animals as a form of therapeutic intervention.
The diagnosis of a psychological disability resulting in a prescription/endorsement for an Emotional Support Animal is a complex process that requires long term care in order to adequately assess the presence, intensity, and duration of symptoms and any ensuing impairment. Additionally, evaluation of how the interaction between a person and a specific animal are therapeutically sound require time and a skill set better provided by off-campus specialists.
Students that are interested in obtaining documentation of a disability with a prescription/endorsement for an Emotional Support Animal may seek this documentation from a prior medical or mental health provider. Application forms for an Emotional Support Animal in on-campus housing are available from Wake Forest University Residence Life and Housing.