Counselling Services

Counselling Services                                                   

During your time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, you may experience challenges and stressors within your academic and personal life. Our counsellors provide a safe space and tailor the appointment to your needs. As a Sask Polytech student you can access personal and academic counselling services, free of charge. Indigenous counsellors are available upon request . Counselling appointments are confidential and private. 

Learn more about counselling appointments and FAQs, requesting an appointment, how to contact us and additional resources available to support your mental wellbeing.

If you are in crisis and need urgent mental health support, contact mobile crisis for your area, listed below. Crisis Services Canada is available by phone at 1-833-456-4566 and text 45645 or dial 911 for immediate support.

Counselling appointments

Our counsellors are here for you. They provide a safe environment to discuss your concerns, help you understand your strengths, learn new skills and empower you to set goals and make changes. Contact with a counsellor may be client initiated or the result of a referral. Support can be brief or ongoing and community resources may be suggested. Counsellors currently see students over Zoom and in person.

Counsellors are here to support you with any concern or goal requiring support during your time at Sask Polytech. Students come into counselling for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Abuse – sexual, emotional, physical
  • Academic and program needs
  • Basic needs
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Grief and loss
  • Mental health concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, and addictions)
  • Personal identity
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress 
  • Supporting positive change
  • Thoughts of suicide

Confidentiality is central to the counselling relationship. Any information you have shared with your counsellor will remain confidential as we are bound by a code of ethics and professional guidelines.

To protect your privacy, your counsellor will not approach you in public; however, you are welcome to initiate contact with them if you would like.

There are times when private information would be released without signed consent. These times include when:

  • There is a reason to believe that you are at imminent danger of harming yourself or others
  • You share, or your counsellor believes, that another person (including children and vulnerable persons) is at risk for serious harm
  • Your file is subpoenaed or requested by court of law.

When private information needs to be released, counsellors will only share relevant information to ensure safety. 

Counselling is open to all currently registered Sask Polytech students. 

Most appointments occur between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Some limited evening spots are also available. 

Session frequency can be anywhere from once a week to once a month depending on student preference and need.

Students are free to leave counselling at anytime or request the services of another counsellor. 

Although sessions will vary in length, a typical appointment will last approximately 50 minutes. 

If you are open to seeing any counsellor across the province, wait times are generally less than a day. If you are requesting a specific counsellor, the wait time can be a week or more.

If you are unable to attend, please contact the counsellor you are scheduled with, the counselling email (counselling@saskpolytech.ca) or call the campus office you are attending. We appreciate as much notice as you can provide. 

Sask Polytech counsellors are knowledgeable about the institution’s policies and procedures and can refer you to the appropriate supports for your situation. Counsellors do not typically provide notes to instructors, but may in exceptional circumstances. 

Participating in counselling is voluntary. Counsellors do not report back to the referral source or programs regarding your attendance. Students have a right to refuse counselling and a right to refuse to participate interventions offered by the counsellor. 

Request an appointment

If this is a crisis, please call 911.

Fill out the information below and someone will contact you to book an appointment with one of our counsellors.

Please use this format: xxx-xxx-xxxx

 

To learn more about your rights as a counselling client, please read our Counselling Services Informed Consent form. We care about your rights, privacy and safety and encourage you to read the form before your first session.

This information is collected for the purpose of contacting you to arrange an appointment and will be kept on file with Counselling Services. For further information about privacy at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, see our Privacy Statement online or contact Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Privacy Head (by mail at: 400-119 4th Ave S, Saskatoon SK S7K 5X2 or by email at: privacyhead@saskpolytech.ca.

Contact us

Please email us or call your local campus; phones are all forwarded and will be answered during campus closures.

Student Services will respond to voicemail and email messages within 24 hours.

Counselling Services, Room 2.203
306-691-8311 or 306-691-8310 (Mobile Crisis 306-694-7605)
counselling@saskpolytech.ca
Counselling Services, Room F203 (Technical Building)
306-765-1611 (Mobile Crisis 306-764-1011)
counselling@saskpolytech.ca
Counselling Services, Room 228
306-775-7436 (Mobile Crisis 306-757-0127)
counselling@saskpolytech.ca
Counselling Services, Room 114
306-659-4050 (Mobile Crisis 306-933-6200)
counselling@saskpolytech.ca

Additional resources

Please see Sask Polytech's Mental Health and Wellness page for a wide range of resources including upcoming events, links to online information, videos, podcasts, apps and more.

Several additional resources are available to support your mental wellbeing.

We welcome any Sask Polytech student identifying as Indigenous, Black or Person of Color. The group offers a space to share experiences, to foster community, and to support well being. The group is facilitated by Sask Polytech counsellors, but student input will guide the group. 

When: The fourth Tuesday of each month starting Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

Where: Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Register now.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email forsythsa@saskpolytech.ca

Help reduce your stress by taking time to slow down and be present with what is. Our Mindful Moment videos guide you through moments of self-reflection and mind body connection. We welcome your suggestions for future mindful practices.

Introduction and Tips for Practice

Online Therapy Unit

This province-wide online therapy unit, created by the University of Regina partnered with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, provides free online mental health therapy.

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This free, confidential, 24/7 service connects individuals to human services in the province by telephone, text, or web chat, plus a searchable website with over 5,000 listings of social, community, non-clinical health, and government services across the province.

Regional Resources

Moose Jaw -  www.fhhr.ca/MentalHealth.htm

Prince Albert - https://paphr.ca/services/addiction-mental-health-services

Regina - www.rqhealth.ca/departments/mental-health

Saskatoon - www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/locations_services/Services/mhas

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Students' Association also offers mental wellbeing services via Mywellness—an Online Video Counselling Service provided by the SPSA Health and Dental Plan that offers confidential counselling. Mywellness is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a multitude of languages. To access the services provided, visit www.mywellnessplan.ca and select your school from the drop down menu.

Sponsored by Counselling Services, the Women's Sharing Circle is a safe and welcoming place for women, with women and about women. The group is for Sask Polytech students to share their stories, build friendships and receive peer support. Lunch is provided. No registration is required.

Prince Albert

Facilitated by education counsellors, Monica Harper and Karla Halcro.

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