I’ve heard that the Counseling Center offers clinical case management. What is that?
Clinical case management is not to be confused with case management within the Office of Student Affairs.
Students are potentially referred to a clinical case management appointment from many places. Class Deans, faculty, friends, and Counseling Center staff are all able to refer students to this resource. There are many reasons to consult with a Clinical Case Manager. Sometimes, in consultation with a therapist at the Counseling Center, you might realize that seeing a therapist ‘in town’ would be best for you. Or, you might want help finding a therapist at home during summer breaks. Clinical case management might also be useful to orient you to how to navigate your insurance coverage, or how to utilize the Shrink Space (a search engine for therapists that enjoy working in collegiate mental health). Feel free to visit their website linked here to learn more.
It’s important to point out that one of the primary goals of clinical case management is to help students learn to find and evaluate available providers, based on student insurance, clinician areas of expertise, and clinician identity. This is an important skill to develop prior to going out into the world post-Amherst. Rather than ‘find you a therapist’, the goal is to help you develop the skills to decipher insurance coverage and to connect with a therapist of your choice. At the Counseling Center, we know that finding a therapist is a deeply personal and potentially challenging process. Feel free to ask a clinician about clinical case management to learn more about this valuable service.