Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Information for Faculty

Helping Students Get Connected with the SPCC

Upon recognizing a student in need of assistance, Jefferson faculty and staff can help students get connected with the Student Personal Counseling Center by informing them about the services available through the SPCC and supporting them in making an appointment.  Many students may be hesitant to make that “first step” in seeking counseling, so giving them some information about the process can do a lot to help.

To schedule an appointment to see a SPCC counselor, Jefferson students can call the SPCC at (215) 503-2817 or from an on-campus phone, can call 5-HELP for counseling, health services, and support group information at Jefferson.  It is helpful to inform students that they may get the SPCC voicemail and should leave their name and contact information on the confidential voicemail.  An SPCC counselor will return their call within one business day.

All Thomas Jefferson University students are eligible for three visits without charge.  During the initial meeting, students will develop a course of action with their counselor, which may include continuing therapy on campus or receiving a referral to an off-campus provider. Occasionally, one session proves sufficient.  In some situations, the student decides to see a counselor on an ongoing basis.

For students who desire or need ongoing counseling, SPCC counselors are in-network with a limited number of insurance providers.  The SPCC accepts the United HealthCare Student Resources Plan offered by Thomas Jefferson University.  If students have questions about fees and eligibility, they should be encouraged to call the SPCC.

As a Jefferson faculty or staff member, what else can I do to help?

JeffHELP is a grant funded project aimed at developing a sustainable mental health awareness and suicide prevention program for the entire Jefferson community through:

H – Heightened Awareness
E – Educational Enhancements
L – Linkages to Services
P – Promoting Healthy Behaviors

Participation in JeffHELP is open to every member of the Jefferson community; all students, faculty, and staff. We are looking for motivated individuals to assist in all aspects of the project, from attending planning meetings to distributing materials to generating new ideas to present before senior leadership at Jefferson. Everyone is welcome and no amount of involvement is too small.

Please contact Rose Milani, or (215) 503-6456. Or come visit us at