Counseling Center

students in Dame Mall

Welcome to the Franklin College Counseling Center! The Center provides students with the support and resources to help them to achieve their personal goals and enhance their experience at Franklin College.

The center offers counseling to individuals and provides workshops to campus organizations on a variety of psycho-social issues. Our licensed counselors provide services to all students free of charge.

Location and Hours

The counseling center is in room 222 in the Napolitan Student Center. Hours are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Biographies

John R. Shafer, LCSW, is the Director of the counseling center. John sees students for a wide variety of issues. His specialties include treating depression, relationship issues and psychological first aid in emergency situations. John is an expert using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test.
jshafer@FranklinCollege.edu

Sara M. Kinder, MSW, LSW is a Counselor in the counseling center. Sara has been with Franklin College since March 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Science from Indiana University (Bloomington), where she studied Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Human Sexuality. Sara obtained her Masters in Social Work from Indiana University (Indianapolis).
skinder1@FranklinCollege.edu

Crisis

If you are experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please call 911 immediately. You can also call Franklin College Campus Security at 317.738.8888.

Counseling Center FAQs

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment with a counselor you can email them directly via email or email counselingcenter@FranklinCollege.edu You can also go to the Campus Life office on the 2nd floor of the Napolitan Student Center and ask the Executive Secretary to make an appointment with a counselor or call directly at 317.738.8080.

What can I expect from counseling?

Counseling is a safe process in which you share your thoughts, feeling and behaviors with a counselor. Counseling sessions typically last about 45 minutes in the office. Some clients come in for only one session and others visit more frequently. Students can talk about anything in counseling without fear of judgment or shame. The counselors support students through various issues such as roommate conflicts, stress, grief, anxiety, and depression.

Is what I share confidential?

The counseling center at abides by the ethics of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Confidentiality is considered an ethical priority in the counseling center.

Indiana state law and ethical standards obligate a breach of confidence in the following circumstances: (1) clear and imminent danger to client or others, i.e., suicide, homicide; (2) knowledge of current child or elder abuse; and (3) a court order for client records.

What happens in the case of sexual assault?

If you or a friend have experienced sexual assault, rape, or nonconsensual contact of any kind you may call security at 317.738.8888 or 911 for immediate assistance. There are several off campus resources including ASSIST, at 317.739.4456, and the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network at 1.800.656.HOPE or www.rainn.org.

Please see the college handbook for further information.

What is consultation?

The counselors provide consultation to a variety of persons. If you are concerned about a student, you can speak with a counselor about your concerns.