Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team dedicated to caring and promoting wellness as a foundation for health, personal growth and success at Alfred University.

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Mission

The Wellness Center aims to enhance the well-being and success of our diverse student body and university community by providing culturally-competent, ethical and research-based best practices. We function as collaborative and inclusive center, integrating health and counseling services, as well as prevention and education for a holistic approach to wellness. We maintain the highest standards of care by prioritizing professional development for staff, providing developmentally appropriate supervision of our trainees and contributing to research as scholars in our disciplines.

Location

The Wellness Center is located at 19 Park Street in Alfred, on the corner just past Herrick Library and the Saxon Inn.

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Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm (closed from 12:00-1:00 for lunch) during the academic year.


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NASPA's Culture of Respect Program

Alfred University took part in NASPA’s Culture of Respect’s two-year pilot program on sexual violence prevention efforts on our campus. Culture of respect builds the capacity of educational institutions to end sexual violence through ongoing, expansive organizational change. Having completed the program, we can now proudly and officially call our institution alumni of the program.


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JED Campus

JED Campus is a signature program of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance use and suicide prevention efforts. Alfred University has proudly earned the JED Campus seal.

 


Counseling Services is open and scheduling appointments for Fall 2020. In accordance with CDC guidelines and current professional recommendations, we are providing all services via tele-mental health. Although a team of counselors is on-campus, no in-person services will be provided except for emergencies requiring safety assessments.

Telehealth counseling services will be conducted via Zoom. All Zoom meetings are password protected and encrypted in compliance with HIPAA regulations to protect your privacy and confidentiality.

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all areas of life, including mental health. Feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation, loss of motivation, and difficulty focusing are all common reactions to the stressors created by the pandemic. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, know that you are not alone and that counselors are here to help.

Accessing Counseling Services

To schedule an appointment, please call the Wellness Center front desk at 607-871-2400. If you have seen a counselor in the past, you can also reach out to them directly.

After scheduling your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email containing a series of consent forms. You must complete the documentation and upload forms here before your scheduled appointment time.

Emergencies and after hours

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis/emergency and are a student residing on or near campus, please contact Public Safety at 607-871-2108 or your Resident Director.

Additional options for after-hours assistance include the Allegany Mental Health Association 24 hour crisis line at 1-888-448-3367 and the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to 741741 for the crisis text line.

Services

The college years can be extremely stressful for many students especially in the contemporary climate of competition and pressure. When that stress becomes unmanageable and interferes with your learning, the Wellness Center offers short-term treatment to assist you in addressing your problems.

  • Personal counseling - Nationally certified counselors work with individual students who may be experiencing a wide range of crises, developmental concerns, personal problems and relationship conflicts. These services are completely confidential in accordance with standards set by the American Counseling Association.
  • Group counseling - Each year the Center offers a variety of therapeutic group sessions
  • Outreach - Educational programs and workshops for residence halls, classes, clubs and organizations on a variety of topics are requested each year.
  • Consultation - Staff is available to consult with faculty, staff, parents or students who may be concerned about a student. Assistance in crisis management and guidelines for referral are available. Persons who are concerned about a student are urged to contact the Wellness Center for consultation and/or, if on campus, submit a Beacon Alert.

Behavior Assessment

Alfred University has a team of professionals who will assess a student's behavior that may be of concern to others. If you are concerned about a student's behavior, you are encouraged to alert our Behavior Assessment Team.

Fees

Counseling services are available at no additional charge beyond tuition and fees to all Alfred University students during the academic year. If counseling services are desired during the summer, a referral can be made for you.

Confidentiality

The staff of the Wellness Center is personally, professionally and ethically committed to upholding and protecting the privacy of our students. Limits to confidentiality include if you are a danger to yourself, a danger to others, you report that a child or a vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected, or if subpoenaed by the court.

Note for Incoming Students

**All required documents must be received by July 15 or a hold will be placed on your student account.

Required Health Forms

Immunization

New York State requires proof of immunization which must be received by the Wellness Center before students can register for classes. If you require an exemption, please submit your request to the Wellness Center.

Immunization Health Records

To obtain a copy of your immunization record, please download the Health Services Records release form. Mail the completed release form to:

Wellness Center
Alfred University
Attention: Immunization Records
19 Park Street
Alfred, NY 14802

Your immunization record will be mailed to you at the address indicated on the release form. The Wellness Center agrees to send immunization records to you within 30 days of receiving your request.

Important Note

The Wellness Center will mail your Immunization records directly to you. Since you may need to send your immunization records to other institutions, be sure to keep a copy in a safe place. Federal HIPAA laws prevent us from faxing them or forwarding immunization records. It is your responsibility to forward these records to other schools, employers, etc.

Copies of health records are destroyed after 10 years of absence from Alfred University. If you are requesting copies of health records other than Immunization Records, please contact the Wellness Center.

Emergency Medical Care

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis/emergency and are a student residing on or near campus, please contact Public Safety at 607-871-2108 or your Resident Director. 

Additional options for after-hours assistance include the Allegany Mental Health Association 24 hour crisis line at 1-888-448-3367 and the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to 741741 for the crisis text line.

Ambulance transports are provided at no cost from the Alfred Community to Hornell or Wellsville.

Hornell
St. James Mercy Hospital
Emergency Department
411 Canisteo Street
Hornell, NY
607-324-8000

Wellsville
Jones Memorial Hospital
Emergency Department
191 North Main Street
Wellsville, NY
585-593-1100

For non-emergency but more urgent matters, visit:

Hornell
UR Medical Urgent Care
7309 Seneca Rd N Suite 103
Hornell, NY 14843
607-385-3800
Hours: 10AM - 8PM

Mental Health Resources

Review our robust Mental Health Resources page for links to helpful information on a variety of mental health concerns.

Insurance

All registered undergraduate students and graduate students (matriculating and non-matriculating) attending Alfred University are expected to carry health insurance. Alfred University does not offer health insurance at this time. For assistance in finding a plan that will meet your needs, please contact us.

All International students are required to enroll in the plan unless they provide proof of adequate coverage prior to their arrival on campus.

Services

The Wellness Center offers a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and administrative support staff who provide a wide range of services. If you require long term or complex care, you'll be referred to appropriate providers or agencies as warranted.

Excuses for Illness

The Wellness Center does offer documentation of illness to interested students. Wellness Center staff only provides verification of appointments actually attended at the Wellness Center, not proof of illness without Wellness Center treatment. You may use this documentation when discussing class or work absences. It is the decision of faculty and employers on how to deal with missed class time and any necessary arrangements for making up missed work.

Lab Tests

With a request from your health care provider, Health Services may obtain your lab specimens (ex. blood, urine) and process them through St. James Mercy Health's laboratory.

Your health care provider must complete the following form: Lab Work Obtained at Health Services External Provider Form. This required form ensures that your lab results will be communicated directly to your health care provider. The form can be faxed to the Wellness Center office at 607-871-2631. The form may also be mailed or hand delivered; the Wellness Center must receive this form before your appointment is scheduled.

Appointments (607-871-2400) are required for the lab specimens to be obtained at the Wellness Center. This service is available Monday through Thursday, AM-PM. There is a venipuncture fee for blood draws, which can be billed to your AU student account. Fees for the actual laboratory tests are billed through St. James Mercy Health.

Some laboratory tests require specific handling and must be done in a laboratory setting. For those needs, you may contact St. James Mercy Health Laboratory at 607-324-8080 or Jones Memorial Hospital Laboratory at 585-593-4072 for more information.

Fees

There are no charges for office visits to the Wellness Center with the exception of Psychiatric Consultation visits. Nominal charges are made for lab tests, injections, special treatments and medications. Students who require specialists or emergency care are referred to the general hospitals in neighboring Hornell or Wellsville. You still maintain the right to choose a health care provider or place of hospitalization and must assume all financial obligations for off-campus medical/surgical care.

Del Rey M. Honeycutt

Del Rey Honeycutt, Wellness Center Director

Del Rey has been in the mental/behavioral health field for approximately 15 years and has worked in a variety of settings. Her time in the field has afforded her opportunities to experience numerous roles, to include that of a clinical director in both the community and university settings. She has experience with a wide range of clinical presentations and populations, but found her passion lies with the adolescent and young adult populations, exploring and processing with them as they navigate through the various life transitions.

Del Rey obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology and English from the University of Arizona and her graduate degree from a CACREP accredited program in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She is currently working on her dissertation to finalize her doctoral studies in Health Psychology. She utilizes a holistic approach to her work with clients, considering the mind/body connection, and incorporates facets of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, positive psychology, and solution-focused techniques. She values working in a health and counseling integrated setting and enjoys learning from her colleagues in other disciplines.

Professional Credentials

  • PhD candidate in Health Psychology, Walden University
  • MS in Community Counseling, University of Phoenix
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (New York)
  • Licensed Professional counselor (Virginia)

Clinical Interests

  • Health Promotion
  • Mind/Body Connection
  • Stress Management

Professional Organization(s)

  • Member, American College Health Association
  • Membership Chair, American College Counseling Association

Amanda L. Khodorkovskaya

Amanda Khodorkovskaya, Health & Wellness Coordinator

Amanda obtained her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from SUNY New Paltz. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling through the CACREP accredited program at AU.

Amanda views wellness through a holistic lens and is passionate about helping students navigate self-care and pursue overall- wellbeing. Her role encompasses a wide range of wellness topics including alcohol and drug abuse prevention, sexual violence prevention, mental health resources, physical health resources, and peer education.

Amanda is a certified QPR suicide prevention trainer. She enjoys growing food, cooking, spending time with family, and being in nature.


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Kimberly O'Rourke, Office Manager

Kim has been employed at Alfred University since 1990. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Support Staff of the Year award for 2003-2004. Kim enjoys meeting new students and collaborating with other Student Affairs Offices to provide programming.

Kim loves to horseback ride, being outdoors and spending time with her two daughters.


Susan E. Hendee

Susan Hendee, Assistant Director

Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health
  • Board Certification in Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Association
  • Member of the Hospital Medicine Team, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • MS, Nursing, Nazareth College of Rochester
  • BS, Nursing, Nazareth College of Rochester
  • Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau
  • CPR Certified
  • ACLS Certified

Clinical Interests

  • Primary care
  • LGBTQ
  • Patient Education
  • Preventive Care

Professional Organization(s)

  • Member, American College Health Association
  • Member, American Nursing Association

Bridgit K. Buono

Bridget Buono, RN

Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Registered Nurse
  • AS, Nursing, Alfred State College
  • CPR certified
  • Infection Control

Clinical Interests

  • Health Promotion
  • 24 years of Surgical Experience
  • LGBTQ

Professional Organization(s)

  • American College Health, member
  • American Nursing Association, member
  • Alumni Association HHS

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Jenny DeSanto, Medical Office Assistant

Jenny joined the Wellness Center in 2017. She brought with her 20 years of experience working as a patient service representative and financial counselor. She has extensive customer service, scheduling and billing experience in a medical setting to include mental health and substance abuse programs.

Jenny enjoys interacting and connecting with the students she serves. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, attending concerts, kayaking and traveling.


Emma Wolf

Emma Wolf, Counselor

Emma is an Alfred University alumna, receiving her MS in Mental Health Counseling from the CACREP accredited program at AU. She also has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Keuka College. Emma is a Nationally Certified Counselor under the NBCC and licensure eligible in NY state.

Emma’s previous role was in community behavioral health as a senior counselor at Loyola Recovery Foundation’s Inpatient Chemical Dependency Unit. There Emma specialized in assisting clientele dealing with substance use disorders or co-occurring mental health disorders. She includes primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and solution-focused techniques in her therapeutic process with clients. She has interest in the use of active art-making and the creative process to improve mental health concerns as well as create emotional growth. Emma has avid interest in traveling, trying new foods and staying active.


Pam Jones

Pamela Jones, NP

Pam has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, Home Care and Education

Credentials

  • BSN Alfred University
  • MSN Community Health, Clinical Nurse Specialist,   University of Rochester
  • FNP St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

Clinical Interests

  • Women’s Health
  • Immunization
  • Community Health
  • Maintaining people at home

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society  Charter Member and Past President
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Certification by AANP

Janna Buckwalter, CounselorJana Buckwalter

Janna is a licensed mental health counselor in New York. Before coming to Alfred University, she worked in mental health crisis response, completed hospital psychiatric evaluations and mental health consults in the hospital, provided outpatient counseling, and worked as a vocational counselor in a substance abuse outpatient treatment center. She realized her love for working with college students by advising a college drama club and directing their theater shows.

Janna’s treatment style is an eclectic mix of trauma-aware, person-centered, family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, humanist therapy, and motivational interviewing with an interest in social justice and how larger societal systems affect individual wellbeing. In the rest of her life, she enjoys time with friends and family, traveling, cooking, and music, theater, and dancing.


Kara Taylor, CounselorKara Taylor

Kara is an NBCC Nationally Certified Counselor and received her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University. She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase with majors in Film Studies and History. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, Kara lived and worked abroad for several years teaching English as a second language before returning to the US and working as a technical writer and editor.

Kara has a passion for working with young adults and supporting students through the challenges unique to the college experience. Her approach to therapy is integrated and client-centered, applying elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, psychodynamic, and humanist/constructivist therapy to best meet the needs of individual students. In her free time, Kara enjoys playing guitar, skiing, and working toward therapy dog certification with her dog, Winnie.


Additional Staff

Dr. Steven Collins, Medical Chief

What services are available?
We offer a variety of mental health services to meet the needs of the AU community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services are via Zoom, including:

  • Intake and evaluation
  • Individual one-on-one counseling
  • Group counseling (details TBD)
  • Wellness consultative services
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management
  • Psycho-educational programming

How do I know what services are right for me?
Our staff are committed to ensuring that you get the help that best suits your needs. During your initial appointment for the semester, you will discuss your situation with the staff member conducting the intake and work together to make a plan for the best path forward. This might mean individual therapy, group therapy, or even a one-time consultation session.

How does Zoom counseling work?
Sessions are conducted using encrypted Zoom software. After scheduling your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email containing a Zoom link to connect with the counselor or wellness coordinator. Sessions are conducted in a private space to ensure privacy and confidentiality.

What if I can’t find a private space in my room to do a therapy session?
We will have two “Zoom rooms” available in the Wellness Center building which students can use if they have privacy concerns. Rooms will be equipped with teleconferencing capabilities for your use, or feel free to bring your own laptop. When scheduling your appointment, please let our staff know if this is a need, so we can reserve the space for you. Please note that space is limited and subject to availability.

I would prefer to meet with a counselor in person. What should I do?
For the time being, all counseling services will take place over Zoom. If there are any COVID-19-related developments that make it safer for visits to happen in person, we will update our plans accordingly.

What if I’m experiencing a mental health crisis?
If you experience a crisis during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm), please call the Wellness Center at 607-871-2400 to be connected with the clinician on duty.

If you are experiencing a crisis outside of business hours, please call Public Safety at 607-871-2108 and they will connect you with a counselor on-call.

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

Learn more about the Wellness Center's Peer Education services. You will find information on the Peer Education Program, which includes both Wellness Reps and Sexual Assault Prevention Peer Educators.

If you or a friend experiences sexual assault or any form of sexual misconduct, we encourage you to tell someone about it and seek help. We are the only office on campus that is bound by confidentiality. However, you have choices about who you disclose information to and what services you want to access. The staff at the Wellness Center can help you with these decisions and support you throughout the process.