Counselors are available on each campus to assist you in areas of academic, career and personal counseling. Counseling services are provided to enrolled students free of charge. Appointments can be made by contacting campus counselors directly.
A goal of Northland counselors is to help you address any situation or concern that interferes with your ability to find educational success. Counseling does not fix a problem for you, only you can do that. However, counseling can help you adjust your thought processes, explore alternative approaches and learn more effective skills which allow you to manage and resolve situations that are having a negative effect in your life.
Counseling is a cooperative venture between you and a counselor. Counseling is also an educational process. You will learn new things about yourself and how you interact in the world. Counseling provides a safe, confidential environment for you to process and explore.
Counselors serve as advisors for particular majors and programs, so some students will have a counselor assigned as their academic advisor. In the advising role, counselors will assist you in creating your schedule and educational plan.
Counselors are great resources in the following areas:
Career/major choice is an important life decision. Often, students are undecided about the career or major they want to pursue. Research shows that students who have a well thought out career goal or major are more successful in college and more likely to complete their education. Northland counselors can help students with their career and/or major decision making process.
Career/major choice is a process that will take some time and effort. Successful career exploration includes the following steps: assessing oneself; exploring potential careers; exploring educational and training opportunities; and creating a plan and setting goals. Counselors can help you start the process with interest, skills and values assessments. Using assessment, you will explore and analyze potential careers and educational opportunities in order to make career/major decisions. Counselors can answer questions and help analyze how information impacts you at any point of the career exploration process.
Northland counselors provide the free, online Kuder Career Planning System which guides you through the career exploration process from start (interest inventories) to finish (resumes and job search). The Kuder provides interest, skills and values assessments, as well as, in-depth career exploration opportunities. Higher education choices, financial aid information and job search tools are also available. Please contact a Northland counselor for a free activation code.
There are many challenges students face that affect their success in college. These challenges also affect students' emotional well-being and personal growth. Northland counselors work with students on strategies to overcome the challenges they face. Counseling can also improve: overall well-being; coping skills; communication skills; self-confidence; and promote behavior change.
Some common challenges personal counseling can assist with includes:
Sometimes, to provide the best help to students, Northland counselors may refer students to appropriate agencies in the community that have expertise in specific areas.
Northland provides a free online mental health screening tool created by Mindwise Innovations. Each screening is confidential and anonymous. This online screening tool allows students to complete any or all of the following confidential screenings:
At the end of each screening, you will receive an immediate result which can be printed and, if you choose, taken to a counselor for further discussion and interpretation. These screenings are not a substitute for a complete evaluation, but screenings can help you determine if your symptoms are consistent with any of the concerns listed above. We encourage you to contact a Northland counselor, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your online screening results.
Northland counselors follow professional standards of ethics and confidentiality. All counseling communications between a student and counselor are confidential and will not be revealed unless you give written permission to release such information. A copy of the Consent of Release of Information form is available from the counselor.
The following are exceptions to our counseling confidentiality practice:
In all other cases, what you discuss in counseling will remain confidential.
We invite you to contact us with your questions or concerns. Appointments are recommended as walk-in requests may not be able to be accommodated. Please call or email to schedule an appointment.
We are sensitive to the needs of students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnic groups, ages, and ability and are LGBTQ affirming.
Explore the Northland GPS LifePlan site for a variety of resources regarding career, educational, finance, leadership and personal success.Learn More →
Take advantage of the Kuder online career planning system. The Kuder provides interest, skills and values assessments, as well as, in-depth career exploration opportunities. Higher education choices, financial aid information and job search tools are also available. Please contact a Northland counselor for a free activation code.Learn More →
Take advantage of our FREE, CONFIDENTIAL mental health online screening tool created by Mindwise Innovations. Depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, alcohol and substance use, gambling, well-being and posttraumatic stress disorder screenings provided.Start Online Assessment →