Health Services


 

Student Health & Wellness Services

Ringling College of Art and Design, in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, provides on-campus medical services and is equipped to diagnose and treat most common illnesses and conditions. Any services that cannot be provided directly on-site at the Student Health Center can be coordinated within Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s comprehensive network of services.

 

Student Health Center
2712 Bradenton Rd
941.309.4000
medical@ringling.edu

Hours
M - F  8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed weekends and holidays

 

The Peterson Counseling Center
2712 Bradenton Rd in the Health Center 
941.893.2855
counseling@ringling.edu

Hours
M-F  8:30am - 4:30pm 
Closed weekends and holidays

 

Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center
5360 University Pkwy
941.917.1234

Hours
8am-8pm
7 Days a Week

 

 

New Student Required Health Information



Ringling College of Art and Design requires all degree-seeking students to be covered by a health insurance plan. 

View details about the Ringling Health Insurance Plan.
 

Ringling College Provided Health Insurance

A cost-effective health and accident plan designed to meet the regulations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act standards is available to both domestic and international students. Newly enrolled Ringling Students who wish to enroll must do so within the first month of classes. All enrolled students (including incoming first years) are eligible for the Ringling Student Group Insurance Plan. A student may continue an existing fully paid policy after withdrawal until it’s expiration, but may not open a new policy as part of our student group or “renew” a student group policy while not currently enrolled (which includes time on leave).

For more information about the plan, and to enroll or fill out the waiver, click here to get started.
 

Contact Us!

Ringling students with questions about waiver requests, eligibility, enrollment, benefits, or claims may directly contact the Servicing Administrator for the Ringling College Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan, HSA Consulting (HSAC). Simply call and identify yourself as a Ringling student.

HSAC: 888.978.8355 or ringling@hsac.com

For questions regarding health forms, please email healthrecords@ringling.edu.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Urgent Care and Health Insurances Accepted

The Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center is located at 5360 University Parkway, Sarasota, Florida.  A range of insurances in addition to the student group plan are accepted. For more information: Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Health Insurances Accepted

 

Ringling College of Art and Design requires all degree-seeking students to be covered by a health insurance plan.

View details about the Ringling Health Insurance Plan.
 

Ringling College Provided Health Insurance

A cost-effective health and accident plan designed to meet the regulations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act standards is available to both domestic and international students. Newly enrolled Ringling Students who wish to enroll must do so within the first month of classes. All enrolled students (including incoming first years) are eligible for the Ringling Student Group Insurance Plan. A student may continue an existing fully paid policy after withdrawal until it’s expiration, but may not open a new policy as part of our student group or “renew” a student group policy while not currently enrolled (which includes time on leave).

For more information about the plan, and to enroll or fill out the waiver, click here to get started.

 

Contact Us!

Ringling students with questions about waiver requests, eligibility, enrollment, benefits, or claims may directly contact the Servicing Administrator for the Ringling College Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan, HSA Consulting (HSAC). Simply call and identify yourself as a Ringling student.

HSAC: 888.978.8355 or ringling@hsac.com

For questions regarding health forms, please email healthrecords@ringling.edu.

 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Urgent Care and Health Insurances Accepted

The Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center is located at 5360 University Parkway, Sarasota, Florida.  A range of insurances in addition to the student group plan are accepted. For more information: Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Health Insurances Accepted

International students will have a charge already added to their account until you provide proof of alternative comprehensive coverage – travel or emergency only insurance is not sufficient. Individuals who do not complete an online waiver showing coverage under a comparable comprehensive health insurance plan may be automatically enrolled a month after classes begin, however enrollment is not assured unless you ACTIVELY ENROLL. If you wish to complete the waiver because you have your own insurance, please allow two weeks processing time before the charge is removed.

If you received a bill and already have insurance, you may pay the rest of your tuition bill minus the insurance bill.  A full credit will be issued if the Online Waiver is completed within one month after the first day of classes. Please complete enrollment or waiver immediately using the following link: https://app.hsac.com/ringling. There you will find information about the group plan, how to enroll or complete the waiver form.  

 

 

Ringling College believes wellness is essential to optimal academic performance. In addition to mindfulness programs, acupuncture, yoga, and a range of group fitness classes, the on-campus fitness center is available at no-cost to students, open Monday-Thursday 7am-Midnight or later, Friday 7am-9pm, and Satursday to Sunday 1pm-9pm when classes are in session, and closed or limited hours during breaks. The current schedule can be found here.

All students, staff, and guests using the on-campus fitness center must complete a waiver to be able to use the facility or participate in group classes. Please allow 3-5 business days for your Ringling ID to be active once you submit the fitness center waiver.

 

 

 

 

Student Medical Services

The Student Health Center is located on campus and is available to students Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. No appointment is necessary, but students must bring their Ringling ID and insurance card to each visit.

For non-urgent medical questions, please email medical@ringling.edu or call 941.309.4000.

Services We Provide

Our Student Health Center is equipped to diagnose and treat most common illnesses and conditions including:

  • Colds & flu
  • Earaches
  • Sore throats
  • Eye injuries
  • Bronchitis
  • Minor lacerations and burns
  • Sinus infection
  • Skin rashes
  • Urinary problems
  • Physicals
  • Gynecological problems
  • Sprains, strains and fractures

The following services will be provided at no additional cost for Ringling students:

  • Visits with a mid-level provider
  • Annual flu shot for every student
  • Annual routine female gynecological exam and pap smear
  • Allergy injection therapy
  • On-site laboratory testing including urine dip, rapid strep, rapid flu and pregnancy
  • After hours visit with a physician provided at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s University Parkway Urgent Care Center at no cost to students.  (Costs may be incurred to the student if any additional services are provided.)

Services Provided for a Fee

The following medical services can be provided for an additional fee; some of these fees can be billed to insurance depending on individual coverage or can be paid for at the time of service utilizing our discounted self-pay prices:

  • Vaccinations 
  • Medications administered in the Student Health Center
  • Outside laboratory fees for tests that cannot be completed in the Student Health Center
  • STD testing, cultures, and blood work
  • Medical supplies such as splints and slings
  • Laceration repair and incision and drainage procedures

Services Not Provided On-Site

The following services will not be provided directly onsite at the Student Health Center but can be arranged and coordinated within Sarasota Memorial’s comprehensive network of services:

  • Radiology services
  • Physical therapy services
  • 12-lead EKG
  • Follow-up care for specialist visits at First Physicians Group of Sarasota
  • Urgent or emergency room care

 

Medication Administration (Allergy, Testosterone, B12, Birth Control)

Please note we cannot administer any home medications at Health Services, brought in by a student.  This includes allergy medication, testosterone, B12, and injectable birth control.

The student should have their Physician or Pharmacy mail/deliver the medication to the following address:
Student Health Center
Attention: SMH Medical Staff, Medication
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

  1. Please have the box clearly marked that it requires refrigeration. 
  2. Please provide a letter or an order signed by the MD requesting the administration of injectable medication as indicated on the written instructions that are sent with each vial. This can be written on an Rx pad. Any information pertinent to treatment should be sent along with this order.
  3. Provide an instruction sheet with your physician's name, address, phone and fax numbers.
  4. Provide clearly written instructions for each vial, including contents, strength, dosage and frequency of each injection, with a schedule to follow for missed injections, local and system reactions.
  5. Each vial should be clearly labeled with:
    1. Patient's name
    2. Name of mix/solution
    3. Strength of each vial's solution
    4. Expiration date.

Note that RCAD and SMH are not responsible for packages lost or delayed, and students with possible health risks from not receiving their medication should not rely on mail service. Do not mail items which are irreplaceable. Individual is responsible for appropriate insurance and tracking. Please consult your doctor and local, state, federal laws before mailing prescriptions which may be illegal in some circumstances. Never mail controlled substances. Always mail items in their original containers with clear labels.

 

Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center Info

Ringling students may also visit any of the Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care locations (smh.com/urgentcare) off-campus to meet with a physician free of charge (show Ringling ID and your Insurance Card). Students will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

Additional services provided may incur a cost which you can discuss with provider before proceeding.

All SMH Urgent Care Centers are open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Locations closest to campus:

St. Armands Circle
500 John Ringling Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34236 941.952.4750

University Parkway & Honore Avenue
5360 University Parkway Sarasota, FL 34243 941.917.1234

Medication Administration (Allergy, Testosterone, B12, Birth Control)

Please note we cannot administer any home medications at Health Services, brought in by a student.  This includes allergy medication, testosterone, B12, and injectable birth control.

The student should have their Physician or Pharmacy mail/deliver the medication to the following address:
Student Health Center
Attention: SMH Medical Staff, Medication
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

  1. Please have the box clearly marked that it requires refrigeration. 
  2. Please provide a letter or an order signed by the MD requesting the administration of injectable medication as indicated on the written instructions that are sent with each vial. This can be written on an Rx pad. Any information pertinent to treatment should be sent along with this order.
  3. Provide an instruction sheet with your physician's name, address, phone and fax numbers.
  4. Provide clearly written instructions for each vial, including contents, strength, dosage and frequency of each injection, with a schedule to follow for missed injections, local and system reactions.
  5. Each vial should be clearly labeled with:
    1. Patient's name
    2. Name of mix/solution
    3. Strength of each vial's solution
    4. Expiration date.

Note that RCAD and SMH are not responsible for packages lost or delayed, and students with possible health risks from not receiving their medication should not rely on mail service. Do not mail items which are irreplaceable. Individual is responsible for appropriate insurance and tracking. Please consult your doctor and local, state, federal laws before mailing prescriptions which may be illegal in some circumstances. Never mail controlled substances. Always mail items in their original containers with clear labels.

 

To use SMH Urgent Care  you will need to print your card.

UnitedHealthcare Mobile App

If you used UnitedHealthcare you can access your information and insurance card via their website (my.uhcsr.com) or may find the UHCSR Mobile App is more convenient. With the app, you can access the most popular self-service features like viewing and sharing your ID card, viewing recent claims, and searching for a provider. If you haven’t set up your account yet, you can even do that via the mobile app. Search UHCSR in your app store or the mobile app can be downloaded at either the App Store for Apple smartphones or Google Play for Android smartphones.

UnitedHealthcare Account

If you have been enrolled in the student health insurance plan through Ringling College, you will also be able to print your insurance card by following the directions outlined here.  

UnitedHealthcare StudentResources (UHCSR) provides a personal website to access things like printable ID cards, claims status, Explanations of Benefits (EOB's) and the ability to locate providers. To register, simply select the “Create Your Online Account Now” link from the top right corner of the home page www.uhcsr.com under the brown header labeled “Direct Links”.  You should only need your name, date of birth and email address (use your school email address).UHCSR has gone “green” and does not mail ID cards, so you will need to please register to print your UHCSR ID card. You will need to present your insurance card each time you visit a physician's office as well as when you come into the on-campus health center. 

If you cannot access your personalized insurance website, please contact Ms. Daryl Hall directly at daryl@hsac.com.

Making an Appointment

When you make an appointment with a provider, be certain that the provider is currently a Choice Plus provider.  Frequently, patients ask "Do you take my insurance?" which most providers will.  However, the appropriate question is to ask if the doctor, therapist, etc. is an in-network provider for your plan.  Before making an appointment off campus, we encourage you to research the provider online and then confirm current status when making the appointment.  In-network providers should know the protocol to determine the coverage available to you. 

Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact our insurance representative with any questions following review. 

P. Daryl Hall
Vice President at HSA Consulting, Inc. 
2477 Stickney Point Road 
Suite 207B 
Sarasota, Florida  34231-4099 
 
 E-mail:  daryl@hsac.com 
 Telephone: 888.978.8355 
 Fax:  941.925.2001

Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center Info

Ringling students may also visit any of the Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care locations (smh.com/urgentcare) off-campus to meet with a physician free of charge (show Ringling ID and your Insurance Card). Students will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

Additional services provided may incur a cost which you can discuss with provider before proceeding.

All SMH Urgent Care Centers are open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Locations closest to campus:

St. Armands Circle
500 John Ringling Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34236 941.952.4750

University Parkway & Honore Avenue
5360 University Parkway Sarasota, FL 34243 941.917.1234

Recreation and Wellness



Susan Palmer Fitness Center 
For those who like get their hearts pumping and bodies moving, our on-campus Susan Palmer Fitness Center offers a number of options. Students can attend a yoga session, participate in a Zumba class, torch stress with p90x, or put on their headphones and work out solo with our countless cardio and weight machines, free weights, medicine balls, resistance bands, and more. And to meet your crazy schedules, we keep the doors open late.

We also encourage Ringling students to get involved with clubs, organizations, local trips and outing, and our Mindful Campus program. More details can be found at health.ringling.edu.

The Susan Palmer Fitness Center has extended membership to Official Ringling College Guests. To obtain Fitness Center privileges, please complete: The Ringling College Guest ID Form.  Please allow up to 48 business hours for processing your ID. After 24 hours you can visit Student Life on the Second Floor of Ulla Searing from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday to take your picture and obtain your picture ID. Please bring with you a valid drivers license or state ID as proof of identification.

SAPHIRE: Sexual Assault Prevention & Healthy Intimate Relationship Education

What is SAPHIRE?

Ringling College’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Healthy Intimate Relationship Education (SAPHIRE) program is based on a wellness prevention model of sexual assault and other gender based violence/discrimination. 

SAPHIRE helps to educate the Ringling College of Art and Design campus community about resources for students who have been victims/survivors of sexual assault or other gender based discrimination, for bystanders and secondary survivors, and for any student or staff member who wants to learn more about how to develop healthy intimate relationships. The program helps to:

1) Educate the RCAD community.

2) Spread awareness about sexual assault.

3) Empower the student body to be proactive bystanders.

4) Create a campus climate that promotes healthy relationship behaviors and interpersonal effectiveness. 

We are here to help

Whether you experienced a trauma in childhood, while in college, know someone who has been victimized, have experienced any gender based discrimination, or are having difficulty in your relationships, we are here to collaboratively support you through your recovery. It is incredibly common to experience self-blame, guilt, anxiety, depression, and feel isolated during and following these difficult experiences. We want you to know you are not alone in whatever way you are struggling. The Peterson Counseling Center is a confidential resource that is here to support you and can also be helpful in discussing your options. Talking with a counselor is not the same as filing an incident report with any other staff member and there will be no follow up investigation. Call us at 941-893-2855 to setup an appointment. For more information on filing a Title IX incident report please contact Student Life or the College’s Title IX Coordinator. 

Annual Programming and Events

SAPHIRE sponsors several campus events and programs throughout the year to provide education and to spread awareness. Make sure to complete your Title IX training during orientation week. Stop by Scott Plaza for our RAINN day community art project in September, Coming Out Day in October or our Be Informed Lunch and Learn Presentation Series each November. SAPHIRE is just as active in the Spring. In a long distance relationship? Attend Missing Your Mate in February for a program specifically designed for students dealing with the stress of a long distance relationship. We will have lots of goodies for you to send your partner a care package too.  Keep a look out for trans awareness programing in March and several programs throughout the month of April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Make sure to watch for Portal Announcements for specific details about the times and locations of our SAPHIRE events, or email counseling@ringling.edu for more information.

 

The Ringling College Mindful Campus Program is committed to helping our community become more centered and less stressed and to working towards improving well-being through the execution of Mindfulness. 

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by intentionally focusing ones awareness and attention on the present moment, while gently and non-judgmentally acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Practicing mindfulness can be extremely effective for improving both mental and physical health and overall well–being. 

Events

Mindful Drop-In Sessions

Drop-in sessions are offered to staff and faculty throughout the semester. If you would like to take part in this initiative, a health and wellness staff member will come to a classroom or meeting and lead a 5-10 minute experiential mindfulness exercise. Please contact counseling@ringling.edu, or call 941.893.2855 with any questions or to make a request.

Wellness To Go

Join us in Scott Plaza for some tea, other goodies that support wellness, time to de-stress, and to learn some ways to integrate Mindfulness into your daily life. Mindful campus Wellness To Go happens once a month over the lunch hour in Scott Plaza. Keep an eye out for portal announcements for more information and dates for these events. If you have any questions about this program please feel free to email counseling@ringling.edu

Mindfulness Tips

Get started with your own Mindful Practice using these tips:

  • Stay Focused on the here and now. By focusing on the here and now, mindful practice will help you be less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, less preoccupied, and become better able to form deep connections.
  • Go with the flow. In mindfulness meditation, once you establish concentration, you observe the flow of inner thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judging them as good or bad.
  • Pay attention to your senses.  Notice external sensations such as sounds, sights, and touch that make up your moment-to-moment experience. Focusing on your sensory experiences will help ground you in the moment that you are in and keep you attentive to and present in your environment. 
  • Allow each moment's experience to come and to go. There is no need to hold onto any particular mental experience, idea, emotion, or sensation, or to get caught in thinking about the past or the future. Instead you watch what comes and goes in your mind, and discover which mental habits produce a feeling of well-being or suffering.
  • Gently notice and redirect. If your mind wanders into planning, daydream, or criticism, notice where it has gone and gently redirect it to sensations in the present.
  • Keep at it. At times, this process may not seem relaxing at all, but over time it provides a key to greater happiness and self-awareness as you become comfortable with an increasingly wider range of your experiences.
  • Start Small: Making any change in your life can be difficult, especially when you already have your own routine. Start by practicing mindfulness for 5 minutes per day or during any daily activity like washing the dishes or taking a shower. The beauty of mindfulness is that you don't judge yourself if you miss a day or opportunity to practice. Just gently notice your thoughts and feelings and try again!
  • Practice Acceptance. Most importantly, mindfulness practice involves actively accepting whatever you experience in any given moment. Acceptance of your experiences is not the same as approval of them; it is the idea that you stop fighting what you experience so that you can participate in your life. This practice will help you to be more kind and forgiving toward yourself, and will help you cope with whatever comes your way.
  • Do Yoga. Yoga is a great way to utilize the principles of mindfulness and improve the connection between your body and your mind, while also getting exercise. 

 

If you want to learn more about Mindful Practice or you would like a place to discuss with a counselor how mindfulness can help you, please contact the Peterson Counseling Center at 941.893.2855 or email counseling@ringling.edu

 

 

 

 

The Peterson Counseling Center

At the Student Health Center

 

The Peterson Counseling Center (PCC) provides free, confidential services for Ringling students, including brief individual and group counseling; emergency psychological services; consultation with home and community providers for students with specialized or long-term needs that require specialized off-campus treatment; and outreach and educational programming. The PCC also offers psychological consultation to students, faculty and staff as well as parents and families who are concerned about a student.

 

Individual and Group Counseling
We offer several counseling services including short-term one-on-one sessions with a counselor or meeting in a small group. Many students meet with a counselor sporadically throughout their college years as particular concerns arise.

Typical concerns students discuss in personal counseling include:

  • Adjusting to college
  • Coping with stress
  • Confusion, anxiety or depression
  • Dealing with fears
  • Family Concerns
  • Loneliness
  • Romantic concerns
  • Balancing academics and social needs
  • Self-destructive use of alcohol or drugs
  • Loss of a relationship
  • Understanding one’s sexuality and/or gender identity
  • Exploring career choice
  • Personal trauma such as sexual assault
  • Illness, death of a friend or family member

Small groups of students are occasionally formed for mutual support and shared learning. Examples are: First Year and Non-Traditional Student Support Groups, Art Therapy, and Depression/Anxiety. Students are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center to find out about more specific groups. For students who come in to college with a significant history of mental health needs or otherwise decide they require more frequent, more specialized, or longer-term services that our counseling center can provide, we are happy to work with students to help them find a therapist in the community. 

 

Educational Programs and Workshops
Workshops are designed to help students learn skills to cope with the stress of living in a fast paced, competitive world. Examples include: Stress Management, Assertiveness Training, Positive Body Image and Healthy Relationships. Please also visit the SAPHIRE Program and Mindful Campus sections below for additional information about outreach programing on campus.

 

Consultation
Occasionally students, faculty and staff have a concern about the behavior of a student and would like to consult with a professional about what might be done to help the individual. The Counseling Center staff is available to provide assistance and when appropriate explore ways to make an effective referral.

UBH Psychiatrist On-Campus and Psychopharmacological Referrals

While classes are in session, we have a psychiatrist available for limited hours several times a month in the on-campus Health Center through a partnership with University Behavioral Health.

 

Prescriptions: For students interested in exploring medication as an option to help with short- or long-term mental health concerns, they can contact the counseling center to setup a REQUIRED REFERRAL appointment with a college counseling center staff member – Dr. Ken Mroz, Nancy Long, or Dr. Nancy Zlatkin. Transferring prescriptions from a home psychiatrist is welcomed, though a referral from one of our mental health counselors is required in all cases. 

For students with existing prescriptions, and/or those who are receiving continued care from home providers which many students continue to do, please let your therapist know so all providers may communicate.  By working as a team with your existing provider, we are able to provide the most complete service and ensure a higher continuity of care for you.  If you are receiving medication, please continue to stay in contact with your existing provider regularly via phone and during breaks as possible for medication management, and let your therapist know about any changes to your medication.  

 

Off Campus Referrals: Off-campus referrals for local psychiatrists can also be provided upon request for students requiring more specialized treatment. Controlled substance prescriptions are not prescribed by the UBH psychiatrist on site. Our goal is to help support your total health and long-term success. Students with ADHD diagnoses or other disorders requiring controlled substances should ensure they have a complete learning evaluation (which includes 4-6 hours of testing) from an off-campus psychologist within the past three years (a diagnosis from a GP is not sufficient). The counseling center can be helpful in providing lists of local psychologists who provide such testing. If you are being prescribed medication of any kind please ensure that your medication is locked up when unattended and remains in the original containers at all times. 

Community Providers:  If there is a need for an off campus mental health provider in the community, Peterson Counseling Center staff can assist with providing referrals. Please contact us, or click here for a list of community providers.

Peterson Counseling Center Mission Statement

The Peterson Counseling Center (PCC) believes that good health is essential for achieving educational objectives and supporting the quality of our students’ educational experience. The Counseling Center strives to enhance the well-being of students by working with students’ families, home providers, community therapists and off-campus providers/specialists, and other campus departments to provide emotional support, impart life skills, and encourage self-reflection. Our purpose is to empower students to navigate their way through the world as individuals with both greater autonomy and effectiveness, and the skills to manage their personal and mental health needs during and after college. We work to create a safe environment that is inclusive and welcoming of all students. We strive to continue to develop relevant expertise, make substantive contributions to the field, and to serve as consultants to the greater campus, promoting an informed, prepared and safe community.

 

Commitment to Respect for Differences

The staff of the PCC are committed to delivering professional services that respect both individual differences and our common humanity. Our professional guidelines and personal values call us to recognize prejudice, privilege, and discrimination in all of its forms (including but not limited to gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, socioeconomic status, and more), and to become aware of the effects on individuals and groups to which those individuals belong. We seek to apply this commitment in all of our professional activities, and to support the growth of communities that work better for everyone.

Our mission is closely aligned with The larger Office of Student Life,  which provides a variety of programs and services designed to promote the artistic development, academic success, personal growth, and overall well-being of the student body, and aims to support the broader mission of the Ringling College, which  “Through its policies and practices, supports excellence in teaching and fosters the aesthetic, intellectual, professional, personal, and social development of its students.” 

 

Crisis Intervention

The Counseling Center provide 24 hour Crisis Intervention Services throughout the academic year. The Counseling Center's Clinical Staff provides emergency services to students who are experiencing acute emotional distress, are a danger to self or others, or require immediate intervention or hospitilization. In an emergency the student should contact their Resident Assistant, Associate Dean of Residents Life, Administrator on Duty or Public Safety at (941) 359-7500.

 

Sarasota Area Inpatient Mental Health Facilities

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of harming themselves please call 911 or visit the local Emergency Room. ER staff after providing an assessment can facilitate transport to Bayside Center for Behavioral Health inpatient unit. For a free clinical assessment you may also contact Bayside directly at (941) 917-7760 or visit their website for more information. Coastal Behavioral Health Care, Inc. provides similar services. 

Forms

Counseling Release of Information PDF)

Community Therapists and Specialist Treatment Providers PDF

Medical Leave/Re-Admit Provider Form PDF

Registrar Application for Readmission PDF

Learning Disabilities and Other Documentation
The staff at the Ringling College Health Center including Counseling, Medical Services, and Psychiatry is generally not able to provide assessment and/or documentation of learning disabilities or assessment of student functioning. Students seeking to substantiate self-reports of conditions which interfere with academic performance, receive documentation of mandated treatment required by courts, or receive approval for study abroad should seek evaluation from a training professional off-campus. Receiving services from PCC or SMH will not lead to accommodations or other services, even if you disclose a qualifying disability. If you have a disability or feel your difficulties may be symptoms of a disability, visit the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in Room 227 of the Ulla Searing Student Center or call 941 359 7627. Disabilities services are available to anyone with a condition that interferes with classes, coursework or activities on campus and accommodations can only be arranged through ARC.

The following professionals would generally be considered qualified to conduct evaluations provided that they have additional training and experience in evaluating adolescents and adults with learning disabilities: clinical or educational psychologists; school psychologists; neuropsychologists; learning disabilities specialists; and medical doctors with demonstrated training and experience in the assessment of learning disabilities in adolescents and adults. You may consult with your home provider, your insurance provider, or view our list of community agencies to locate a trained professional to provide a thorough assessment. If you have difficulty locating a provider to meet your individual needs, please contact us and we would be happy to schedule a consultation to assist you. 

Appointments
Please feel free to contact us at counseling@ringling.edu for non-urgent scheduling.  To convey personal information, please call 941.893.2855 during regular business hours or come in to the Counseling Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM to set a time for an intake session. Students will typically be seen by a counselor within a few days. Students in crisis may be seen as soon as possible for a safety check and rescheduled for counseling. 

Contact Info
The Peterson Counseling Center is located at 2712 Bradenton Road in the new Health Center. 
941.893.2855 phone
941.359.4854 fax

Hours
Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. 
We are closed weekends and during official College Holidays.

Mailing Address
Ringling College of Art and Design
Peterson Counseling Center
2700 North Tamiami Trail 
Sarasota, Florida  34234

Emergency Contact Info
Email and voicemail are NOT for confidential or time-sensitive information and staff accounts may not be checked on a daily basis; if you need emergency assistance, please call Public Safety at 941.359.7500, or contact  local law enforcement using 911. While the College does not provide 24/7 counseling services, in cases of mental health emergencies such as those involving danger of death or harm to self and others the Office of Public Safety is able to reach a Student Life staff member who can assist in making a determination about further evaluation. 

Guide for Parents

Parents can be a wonderful support system for their son or daughter throughout the college years.  Ringling College of Art and Design strives to provide enough support to match and meet the challenges that come with collegiate life.  The Peterson Counseling Center was established to ensure student's emotional well being and personal growth.

Read below for information regarding confidentiality and resources specially tailored for parents of our students.
 

Confidentiality and Parents

Confidentiality is an essential part of any counseling relationship. The counseling center staff adheres to the ethical standards of their respective professions and to state and federal laws relating to confidentiality. These standards and laws prevent us from speaking with concerned parents about their student’s contact with the center unless we have the student’s written permission. Thus, unless your student gives us written permission, we cannot acknowledge whether your student has been seen at the center or is making progress in counseling. The only exceptions occur when a student is under 18 years of age, when we are concerned that a student is clearly and imminently suicidal, when we learn of ongoing child abuse, or when we are ordered to release confidential information by a court of law.

Many students prefer to keep their counseling completely private, and such privacy is typically vital for successful counseling. Assuming your student is, however, willing to have one of their counselors discuss her or his participation in counseling with you. One good way to arrange for this is by asking your student to have the counselor call you during a counseling session. The counselor will then have your student complete and sign the necessary form, and may call you using a speaker telephone, so that all concerned can participate in the conversation. Note that, in general, counseling is best served if everything parents have to share with their student’s counselor is also shared with their student.

Even if your student doesn’t give her or his counselor permission to provide information to you, you may choose to contact a counselor to share your concerns. Such contact may make sense, for example, if you are concerned that your student is in serious danger.  Note, however, that the counselor will not be able to even acknowledge knowing your student, and that the counselor will want to discuss any information you provide with your student.
 

Resources for Parents

The following is a list of books for parents that focus on students' transition from home to college and changes for parents throughout the college years.

Student transition from home to college:

  • Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College
    by Patricia Pasick
  • College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do about it 
    by Richard Kadison
  • Don’t Tell me What to Do, Just Send Money 
    by Helen E. Johnson
  • Empty Nest ... Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College 
    by Andrea Van Steenhouse
  • The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior to College Life
    by Laura Kastner , Jennifer Fugett Wyatt 
  • Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years 
    by Karen Levin Coburn (Author), Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • When Kids Go to College: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships
    by Barbara M. Newman, Philip R.Newman
  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide
    by Carol Barkin
  • You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
    by Marjorie Savage 

Changes for Parents throughout college years:

  • Transition to College: Separation and Change for Parents and Students
    by Robin F. Goodman, Ph.D., New York University Child Study Center
  • Transition to College Stresses Parents and Kids 
    ​by Emily Hagedorn / The Detroit News
  • Mothers and Their Adult Daughters: Mixed Emotions, Enduring Bonds
    by Karen Fingerman, Ph.D.
  • Empty Nest...Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College 
    by Andrea Steenhouse
  • How to Survive and Thrive in an Empty Nest: Reclaiming your Life when Your Children have Grown
    by Jeanette Lauer et al
  • Operating Instructions: A  Journal of My Son's First Year
    by Anne Lamott
  • She's Leaving Home: Letting Go as a Daughter Goes to College
    by Connie Jones
  • The Empty Nest: When Children Leave Home
    by Shelley Bovey
  • When You're Facing the Empty Nest: Avoiding Midlife Meltdown When Your Child Leaves Home
    by Mary Ann Froehlich

 

 

 

 

 

 

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