Spiritual and Mental
“‘Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.’”(Mt 11:28-29)
Christendom is committed to providing a supportive on-campus experience where students can foster the virtues needed to become the men and women Christ calls them to be. We believe that this includes creating a safe environment where the dignity of each person is affirmed and valued. We provide numerous opportunities for student formation and accountability and are always looking for ways to enhance our student programming and services.
Here is a brief listing of current programs provided to students at Christendom, as well as special initiatives designed to continually enhance the campus environment.
On-going Support and Guidance
Personal and spiritual formation is happening on campus every day at Christendom. From our liturgical schedule, to the availability of spiritual and mental health counselors, to fireside chats hosted by professors, we strive to provide opportunities for student growth and development in all we do. In addition to sound policies, Christendom recognizes the need to strive for an atmosphere conducive to full human flourishing.
In addition to the chaplaincy, Deacon Ed Peitler, Doctor in Psychology, is available for Spiritual Counseling twice a week by appointment only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
Christendom provides access to an on-campus counselor during designated hours, and helps to arrange mental health support at other times, especially in emergency situations.
The Laurel Center, a local non-profit that provides resources to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has partnered with Christendom to provide continual educational opportunities for faculty and staff.
How to See a Counselor on Campus
Call Two Hearts Catholic Counseling at (540) 535-1112 ext. 146 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment on campus.
Stop by for a walk-in appointmentfrom 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every-other Wednesday. The Counselor is located in St. Dominic’s Hall on East Campus.
Call Two Hearts Catholic Counseling to set up tele-therapy via Skype when the Counselor is not on campus. Say that you are a student at Christendom College and ask for the next available tele-therapy session. They will send you a link for the session.
Call the Emergency Line: 540-535-1112 ext. 123 or 141
Please use health insurance if possible. If you do not have health insurance the College will cover the cost of your visit.
Christendom’s sexual misconduct policy is printed in the 2017-2018 Student Handbook. It defines sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct and instructs students on how to report incidents of sexual misconduct.
Reports of sexual misconduct are handled through the disciplinary conduct process which is focused on violations of the student code of conduct. Sanctions up to and including permanent expulsion from the College may be imposed if a student is found responsible for violating this policy. Students are also encouraged to contact law enforcement if they believe a crime has been committed. For more information see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Policy Review and Faculty and Staff Review Committee – We have undertaken a thorough review of our sexual misconduct policies and procedures through an outside firm with extensive experience in these matters. A review committee, made up of faculty and staff, was formed to review the recommendations, and be a resource in how best to implement suggested enhancements that would best serve our community and align with the College’s mission.
Community Coordination and Awareness – Our Director of Student Affairs (Amanda Graf) is a member of the Warren County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). This group brings together law enforcement, medical professionals, attorneys for the Commonwealth, sexual assault prevention groups, other county offices, and college officials to discuss and coordinate resources and procedures for assisting victims of sexual assault. By participating in this group, the College seeks to strengthen relationships with local officials and better understand and recommend a variety of resources to students who may need them. The SART is in the process of drafting a Memorandum of Understanding that each participating agency can use to inform their community/constituency of the role they will play as a member of the SART.
Monthly Formation Series– A monthly men’s formation series titled “Into the Deep” and a monthly women’s formation series titled “At the Well” provide regular opportunities for students to come together with faculty and staff to learn about and discuss a topic or issue relevant to the students’ lives. Each month a speaker is brought in to educate students about topics such as dealing with depression and anxiety, forming virtuous friendships, handling addictions, and building positive self-image. During the question and answer session after the talk, faculty and staff offer advice and suggestions tailored to what the students might be experiencing at Christendom. These events regularly draw 60-70 students and have been an excellent addition to our student formation.
Recent Initiatives and Presentations
- In the spring semester, the Dean of Students and Residence Director encouraged over two dozen men to participate in RISE, a national men’s formation program. The men will receive a daily email reflections, and then convene weekly in small groups on campus for discussion. The program also includes recommendations for prayer and other spiritual commitments/challenges. RISE lasts for 30 days and is meant to be a jump-start to creating more men’s formation small-groups on campus. For more information about RISE, see: https://www.menriseup.org/
- Mary Zirkle (on-campus counselor and director of the Winchester Community Mental Health Center) spoke at the well-attended women’s formation series, At the Well, on Monday, February 26th. Her talk, entitled “Serving the Sisters Around You: A Talk on Supporting Those with Depression & Anxiety” focused on concrete advice for offering support and resources to friends who are struggling with mental health issues.
- Michael Horne spoke at the men’s formation series, Into the Deep, on Monday, March 19th. His talk was entitled “Pornography: Corruption of Mind and Emotion”. The talk focused on the long-term psychological effects of pornography and how those impact men’s relationships and roles in life. Approximately 40 men attended.
- On April 18th, a representative from the Laurel Center met with all full-time faculty to deliver a presentation about the causes and patterns of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as methods for responding to and reporting these kinds of incidents. A similar presentation will also be provided to all campus staff.
Health and Wellness
Call or email Kelly Smith, FNP: 540-268-0699, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk-in Hours: Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Nurse’s Office located in the Lower Level of the Commons
Please note; the Nurse is not able to diagnose conditions, prescribe medications, etc. The Nurse is able to assist with basic triage care only. You should never delay in contacting emergency services because you are unable/waiting to reach the nurse.
For a packet listing medical resources (doctors, dentists, counselors/psychologists, etc.) and driving directions to some medical facilities, see the posting area outside of the Nurse’s Office and Student Life.
Emergency Room Visits
If life threatening, 911 should be called first! If non-life threatening, the student should arrange a ride through friends or use a taxi service. Remember to travel with a couple of friends/volunteers.
Notify an RA of the situation if possible.
Warren County Memorial Hospital is the closest hospital located at 1000 N. Shenandoah Ave.
It is advisable to check with your insurance company as to which of the following options is best for you. You should always bring your insurance card with you to any medical facility.
VALLEY HEALTH URGENT CARE: 540-635-0700
WARREN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: 540-636-0300
PERFORMANCE SPORT AND SPINE – Dr. Tom Dickerson, Chiropractic Physician: 540-635-4440
Non-Emergency Doctor’s Visits
The student should arrange a doctor’s appointment through their personal local physician or contact a local physician’s office. There are also several walk-in clinics in the Front Royal, Stephens City and Winchester, VA area. Stephens City is approximately 20 miles and Winchester is located approximately 30 miles from the College. When making an appointment, you should not expect that any of the clinics or offices can give you an appointment for the same day.
The student should arrange a ride through friends or use a taxi.
Bring your insurance card and know the names and dosage amounts of any prescription medications when you go the doctor’s office.
Be prepared to pay your co-pay at the office or to pay the charge in full if you are going to a walk-in clinic.
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