Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCH) is a department within the Division of Student Affairs at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). SHCS is located in its own freestanding building on Chavez Circle next to the parking structure and adjacent to the University Student Union. All SHCS are housed in this one location; counseling services is located on the first floor with medical health, outreach, peer education, and administration located on the second floor. Interns have private offices that they can personally decorate to reflect a professional atmosphere.
Each intern office is equipped with a phone and voicemail, video/audiotape equipment, a computer, and any needed office supplies. The interns are provided a flash drive and memory card to use during training. Cameras are installed in each intern office and linked for video and audio recording. SHCS has a spacious reception area for clients, two group rooms, and a conference room appointed with a computer and television monitor on both floors of the building. There is an outreach and peer education office. There is a kitchen available with a refrigerator, sink, coffee maker, toaster oven, and two microwaves.
Student Health and Counseling (SHCS) has front desk staff available to support scheduling and completion of initial paperwork and screenings. A medical records specialist is available to interns and staff for clerical support in requesting and sending medical records, after written authorization is obtained, as well as any scanning needs into the Titanium Schedule system used by SHCS. The Business Manager and Administrative Coordinator are also available to assist staff and interns with ordering of office supplies, reporting of building maintenance concerns, and department level personnel matters. Clerical support within SHCS meets training needs, allowing trainees the maximum amount of time on training matters.
Interns will need to obtain a faculty/staff parking permit to park on campus. This is a minimal, monthly deduction based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The parking permit will give you access to park in most locations on campus. Interns have an option to opt out of the parking permit should they not need to park on campus.
Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) is located in a building whose construction was completed in November 2014. In 2004, the California State University system issued Executive Order No. 926 (EO-926) explicated stating that all University buildings must be in compliance with ADA requirements. The design and construction of the SHCS building worked consistently with a designated ADA compliance officer. Specific ADA compliant accommodations that are in the building include but are not limited to:
- all exterior and restroom doors ability to be opened electrically, accessible by wheelchair and can be operated by foot or by the bottom of a wheelchair
- all permanent wall signage includes Braille
- the height and depth of reception area desks are accessible by wheelchair by staff and clients
- the height and depth of pharmacy counter desks are accessible by wheelchair by staff and clients
ADA compliance assures equal access for students, faculty, and staff to SHCS, services, and training.
As employees of California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), interns have access to the campus library, which includes inter-campus library privileges, with catalogs linked between all 23 California State University libraries. They can access the library on-site at the Kellogg Library building, or use their campus single user log-on to access library resources online. The library resources are extensive and sufficient to meet training needs for intern access to relevant research, texts, and journals.
For psychological testing needs, interns have access to the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IV (WAIS), the Rorschach, and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-II (MMPI), as well as self report inventories including the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and the Brief Symptom Inventory. The Woodcock Johnson Cognitive and Achievement tests as well as the Wide Range Test of Memory and Learning (WRAML) and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-III (WIAT) are available to interns for psychological testing as well, if deemed appropriate for the testing referral question. Scoring programs for the WAIS, WIAT, Rorschach (Exner scoring system), and Woodcock Johnson are electronic and available to interns at the Disability Support Services office.