Counseling Center

Location:  Room CTC 202

Phone:  815-224-0360

Reception Desk Hours:

Monday, Thursday, **Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*Counselors are available:

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

*Please call to confirm walk-ins are available.

Reception Desk Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*Counselors are available:

8:00 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

*Please call to confirm walk-ins are available


Freshman Counseling and Registration

The purpose of the Freshman Counseling and Registration is to orient new students with IVCC, acquaint new students with college services and resources, familiarize new students to the campus and appropriate college processes, receive advisement, and register for classes.  Make your appointment early February at https://www.ivcc.edu by choosing Freshman Counseling and Registration.  For your convenience, we offer day and evening options which run approximately 2 hours on the main campus.  If you haven't already taken the college placement tests, you should do so BEFORE making your appointment.

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services

Counselors at IVCC provide comprehensive services that are designed to assist you in reaching your educational goals and to enhance your learning and personal development.  We strive to educate you about graduation and transfer requirements, college policies, student support resources, educational and career planning, and much more.  We advocate for you to ensure your academic success as well as personal growth and social development.  We empower you through working collaboratively with you to develop strong decision-making skills, as well as the necessary skills that you need to assume responsibility of your education plans and achievements.

Academic Planning

Counselors are available to assist you in the exploration of your educational goals.  We help you to:

  • Develop an education plan
  • Learn how to succeed in college
  • Explore educational options and develop a map to meet educational goals
  • Succeed when experiencing academic challenges

Career Counseling

IVCC Counselors can help you to explore and clarify your understanding of personal qualities that influence your career choices.  Counselors assist with:

  • Identifying your personal interest, skills, and abilities
  • Exploring options in career fields
  • Helping to match an educational plan to your personal and career interests

Academic Advising

IVCC Counselors provide developmental advising support, which includes

  • Career and educational planning
  • Interpretations of assessments
  • Strategies to address academic difficulties
  • Preparation for university transfer or entry into the workforce
  • Assistance planning a schedule for the next semester

Transfer Services

IVCC offers a wide variety of courses specifically designed for transfer.  This enables you to complete the first two years of coursework leading toward a bachelor's degree in virtually any field of study at a four-year college or university.  Visit the IVCC Transfer Services website at https://www.ivcc.edu/transferservices.  Our Transfer Coordinator and counselors are available to assist you to:

  • Plan your program of study
  • Select coursework for a seamless transfer

Personal Counseling

The IVCC Personal Counseling Assistance Program (P-CAP) provides confidential and professional counseling assistance to enrolled students in emergency situations.  Counselors are professionally trained in mental health, personal development and relationship issues and can provide immediate, short-term assistance.  Referrals may be made to community agencies, medical services or public assistance for continued services.  IVCC does not provide long-term counseling services.

In the event you are experiencing a crisis or emergency situation when you are on campus, you will be given priority attention.  Please come to the Counseling Center in CTC 202 or call 815-224-0361 or 815-224-0324.  When calling or visiting, be sure to indicate that you need to speak to a counselor about a personal and urgent issue so that you can be given first priority.

Counseling and Advising Resources

ULifeline

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention.  It is available where college students seek information the most - at their fingertips on the internet.  Visit http://www.ulifeline.org/ for further information on ULifeline.

Academic Advising Statement

The functions of academic advising at IVCC include:

  • Providing students with current information on policies, procedures and programs of IVCC and other universities as possible
  • Assisting students in choosing educational and career objectives that commensurate with their interests and abilities
  • Assisting students in exploring the possible short and long range consequences of their choices
  • Making students aware of the wide range of services and educational opportunities that may be pertinent to their educational objectives
  • Ensuring students understanding of their responsibility to know and meet graduation requirements and to make every reasonable effort to obtain adequate academic advising
  • Encouraging frequent advisor contact that will help to ensure the student has current academic information and is making adequate progress towards educational goals

Confidentiality Statement

When meeting with a counselor, some students are concerned about privacy and confidentiality.  We do our very best to minimize these concerns by respecting student anonymity and protecting student information.  IVCC counselors operate within the professional guidelines of the American Counseling Association and are professionally obligated to keep information confidential.  Information about counseling sessions will not be related to, or discussed with, any external constituents to Counseling without the explicit written permission from the student except in cases where harm to self or others is discovered.  Referrals are also provided only with the student's permission.