The Grace College Student Health and Counseling Center exists to serve students in the Grace College community. The Student Health and Counseling Center tailors our services to mirror the institutional mission. Physical and mental health services are available to Grace College undergraduate students. Services (counseling only) for graduate students are provided as we are able.
The Health Center offers triage assessment for medical concerns, nurse support and first aid, and facilitated referrals to specialized care as needed. The Health Center is staffed for health concerns 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students may walk in during service hours. If the Health Center is closed, referrals are facilitated through the office of Student Affairs (RD on Call) as needed to a) an urgent care facility, or b) the local hospital’s Emergency Room. The Health Center manages sick list needs and issues for residential, on-campus students. The Health Center also manages the coordination of information regarding a student’s health with appropriate academic contacts. The Heath Center organizes flu vaccine clinics seasonally and administers allergy shots on a case-by-case basis. The Health Center can also assist students with acquiring required or recommended immunizations and vaccinations. Go Encounter and Study Abroad applications are reviewed to determine and approve immunizations and vaccination needs for the student applicants. Finally, the Health Center administratively manages the student health insurance program for international students.
The Counseling Center seeks, first and foremost, to ensure that our services are founded upon biblical principles of human nature, intrapersonal health and interpersonal health. The Counseling Center is staffed for counseling by appointment 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Counseling Center offers three modalities of services. First, we offer prevention programs. Our prevention services target the campus community as a whole, addressing domains of broad population relevancy such as mood and stress management or healthy body image. Second, tertiary care services offer psychoeducation programs to groups within the campus population identified as “at-risk” (e.g., Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Education). Third, primary care services consist of one-to-one counseling, which addresses a myriad of issues common to the student population with students who have self-identified as seeking counseling services or who have voluntarily accepted referral to counseling services from a Student Affairs representative.
The Student Health and Counseling Center is professionally staffed by providers at the doctoral, master’s and supervisory levels. Health appointments are on a walk-in basis (no appointment needed). Counseling appointments can be made confidentially by contacting the Health and Counseling Center front office staff member via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 574-372-5100, ext. 6472. Those interested in counseling services will fill out a request form in order to be scheduled. In the event that there is a waitlist, referrals to area therapists will be provided.
Director of Student Health and Counseling
Deb Musser holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Certificate in Group Work from Adler University; a master’s in counseling from Grace College; and is licensed in the state of Indiana as a mental health counselor (LMHC). This marks Deb’s 22nd year at Grace College; 14 of those years include Deb’s work in Student Affairs with groups and individuals in a college setting. Deb has experience with a wide variety of populations and settings, including but not limited to children in an elementary school setting, college students, adolescents in a juvenile detention center, grief groups and community mental health. She has assessment experience working with and evaluating adolescents as well as completing parenting evaluations. Deb has had particular experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, transitions/life changes, trauma, anger management, parenting and groups.
Telephone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6069
Clinical Coordinator and Counselor
Charlanne is a licensed mental health therapist in the states of Indiana and Maryland. She completed her master's degree in counseling at Grace College. She has been practicing in the counseling field since 2004 in various mental health and nonprofit counseling agencies as well as supervising graduate students in the Grace College graduate counseling department. She worked for a nonprofit counseling agency for three years in Maryland and two years at a church counseling center in Wabash, Indiana. She has had particular experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, transitions/life changes and groups.
Beth completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Grace College in 1996. She has worked at Kosciusko Community Hospital off and on since 1995 and received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Bethel College on the Grace Campus in 2008. She has over two years of Medical / Surgical nursing experience.
Karla has worked at Grace College since 2000, serving as administrative assistant in academic support, music and secretary for the Health and Counseling Center.
Telephone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6472
Stephanie is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana as of 2010. She completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in counseling at Grace College. She has worked in the field since 1992 in various capacities, ranging from positions in a girls’ group home to therapeutic support staff with families in crisis to developing an in-home parenting education program to counseling in a community mental health agency. In addition to working at a private practice, she joins the counseling center two days a week. She has an interest in the areas of spiritual issues, family issues, depression, grief, anxiety, self-esteem/identity issues and trauma.
Phil is a second year graduate student in Grace College's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He plans to work to obtain licensure as a counselor upon graduation in 2016. Phil graduated from Grace College with bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He has worked in the counseling field in a public school setting and has worked with young men and women in a residential setting. Phil has had training and experience in working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, behavioral concerns and other mental health concerns. He is particularly interested in working with clients who struggle with social anxieties and phobias.
Stacy graduated from Marian University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace College. She has counseled individuals and couples in a community mental health center as well as provided rehabilitation services to all ages at a community mental health center. She has experience with depression, anxiety, transitional and relational conflict, and self-harm as well as particular interest in the areas of identity, spirituality and sexuality. She is passionate about students finding their life path and helping them build healthy relationships along the way.
Bethany graduated from Grace College with a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace College. She has counseled individuals in public schools as well as an alternative school. She has experience with depression, anxiety, adjustment and transition issues, self-esteem concerns, self-harm, a wide range of relationship and family struggles as well as sexual identity. She is passionate about walking alongside each student in their search for peace and a solid foundation built on Christ.
Lane graduated from Grace College with a Master of Arts degree in Interpersonal Relations as well as a Master of Divinity degree in Counseling in the spring of 2013, and he is now working toward his Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace. Lane has worked with people in a college counseling center, church settings and clinical settings. While Lane's experiences are varied, his passions include dealing with the topics of anxiety, depression, sexuality, addiction and spirituality. He also has experience in life transition, career counseling and couples therapy. When Lane isn't sitting across from clients at the Grace Counseling Center, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, grabbing coffee with friends, serving as a staff pastor at his church, and running.
Email the secretary for the Health and Counseling Center, Karla Ellis, or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6472.