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
500 John Ringling Blvd.
941-952-4750

Hours
8am-8pm
7 Days a Week

 

 

 

COVID-19 Health Services FAQs

 


Below you’ll find a list of sites offering PCR testing. As a reminder, the Student Health Center will also be offering PCR testing starting the week of August 17th. No appointment is necessary and we will be open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. You also have the option of the mailed test kit (information above). For questions, please contact covidtest@ringling.edu.

 Nationwide:

 Sarasota Area:

Walk-Up at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex
1845 34th St.
Sarasota, FL 34234

Drive-Thru at University Town Center
299 University Town Center Drive
Sarasota, FL 34234

AFC Urgent Care Sarasota 
2901 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239

COVID-19 Testing Information

ALL students are required to complete COVID-19 testing prior to being allowed to return to residence halls and classrooms.

  • Please see comprehensive messages from Dr. Walsh, VP for Student Life and Dean of students, Dr. McAllister, VP for Academic Affairs, and President Thompson on fall reopening guidelines and expectations: https://www.ringling.edu/fallupdates.
  • Important notes:
    • Acceptable testing must be DNA based, PCR tests
    • Tests must have been completed within five days of returning on campus
      • Resident students will not receive room keys, and all students will not be allowed to attend in-person classes until a negative test result is obtained by the Student Health Center.
    • If you need a test kit sent to your residence, please contact the Student Health Center at 941.893.2855 or covidtest@ringling.edu to have a kit sent to your home.
      • You will need to:
        1. Complete this request form.
        2. Send in a copy of the front and back of your insurance card (**for new policy holders, student health insurance starts August 1st, 2020; for returning policy holders your insurance information will remain the same)
      • Once the demographic and insurance information is received, we will process the information and the kit will take 2-3 days to reach the student. The kit is a self-administered throat swab and it is a PCR test. The kit will include the collection instructions and the student obtains the swab themselves. After completing their swab, the student packages it back up and puts it in the postage paid FedEx envelope and mails back via FedEx.  They are overnighted back to the company and once received results will take less than 24 hours to be returned.
  • Starting August 1st, you will be able to access a list on this page of alternative testing sites in the Sarasota area if you would like to seek an alternative testing site outside of the Health Center.
  • If you would like to receive testing through the Student Health Center to allow you to move in on your assigned move-in date, the Center will be open for testing on Monday, August 31st and Tuesday, September 1st for new students, and throughout the week for returning and commuter students.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Any student currently in the United States will not be subject to quarantine upon their arrival at Ringling based on travel to school. International students traveling from outside the United States will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Will medical services be available for the remainder of spring semester?

On-campus medical services are still available Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. If you are exhibiting symptoms and would like an evaluation, please call (941) 309-4000 to complete a telephone triage prior to coming in to the Student Health Center.

 

How can I transfer my medication that was previously being delivered to the Health Center?

To transfer your prescription via mobile app:

Walgreens App: Prescriptions > Transfer Rx > Follow the on-screen prompts

CVS App: Pharmacy > Transfer a Prescription > Follow the on-screen prompts

 

To transfer your prescription via phone:

You may call the Walgreens below and request for your prescription to be transferred to the pharmacy of your choice. You also have the option of working with your local pharmacy to transfer the prescription from the pharmacy that is currently filling the medication.

 

To obtain information regarding the pharmacy you would like to transfer your medication to, you can find the store information online or via the app. Generally, you will need the store name and number, address and telephone number.

 

Below is the information for the Walgreens that provides on-campus delivery to the

Student Health Center:

Walgreens Store #13578 (Waldemere Plaza at SMH)

1921 Waldemere Street, Sarasota, FL 34239

Phone: (941) 955-6012

Fax: (941) 957-0958

 

Can I visit a local Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) Urgent Care Center and still receive the Ringling student benefits?

Yes, while the on-campus clinic is closed, Ringling students may visit any Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care location to meet with a physician free of charge. You must show your Ringling ID and insurance card at all clinics. Additional services provided may incur a cost, which you can discuss with the provider before proceeding.

Due to current circumstances, hours are subject to change. For the latest updates on the SMH Urgent Care hours, please visit smh.com/urgentcare.

 

University Parkway

5360 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 917-1234

Hours: Open Daily, 8 am-6 pm

 

Stickney Point

6331 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 917-5678

Hours: Open Daily, 8 am-6 pm

 

Heritage Harbour

1040 River Heritage Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34212

(941) 917-6440

Hours: Open: Monday – Friday 8 am-4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am-12 pm

 

Venice

997 U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice, FL 34285

(941) 952-4250

Hours: Open Daily, 8 am-6 pm

 

Currently Closed:

Bee Ridge

5590 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 952-4950

 

St. Armands

500 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 952-4750

 

Venice

997 U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice, FL 34285

(941) 952-4250

 

What if I have questions or concerns about medical services?

Please contact medical@ringling.edu or call (941) 309-4000 for more information.

 

 

 

How can I access my ID card and account information?

You can visit www.uhcsr.com and enter your login information. If you have not accessed this information previously, you will need to click “Create My Account” and follow the prompts. You can also access this information via the smartphone app (iPhone / Android).

 

Will my Student Health Insurance Plan coverage be available for the reminder of the semester?

If you are enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan for the 2019-2020 year, your plan is active through July 31, 2020.

 

Can I use my Student Health Insurance Plan outside of the Sarasota area?

Yes, students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan can use their health insurance throughout the US. More information about the plan and coverage can also be found here.

 

How can I find a home provider with the Student Health Insurance Plan?

You can conduct a provider search by clicking here and selecting “Provider Search” on the left-hand side. You may also call UHCSR at 1-800-767-0700 for assistance on finding a provider.

 

What other services are available while I am away from campus?

All students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan have access free consultations with a provider via the Healthiest You program. This is available via website or app (iPhone / Android).

Students who are not enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan can also use this service for a $40/visit consultation fee.

 

Does the Student Health Insurance Plan cover COVID-19 evaluation and treatment?

More information about United Healthcare Student Resources COVD-19 coverage can be found by logging into your account at www.uhcsr.com or by clicking here.

 

What if I have questions or concerns about the Student Health Insurance Plan?

For questions about the Student Health Insurance Plan, please contact our plan administrator University Health Plans at 1-800-437-6448 or email info@univhealthplans.com. More information about the plan and coverage can also be found here.

 

 

 

New Student Required Health Information



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

2020-2021 Student Health Insurance Plan

View details about the 2020-2021 Ringling Student Health Insurance Plan

Degree-seeking students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Ringling Student Health Insurance Plan. Domestic students need to waive or confirm enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan. To waive or enroll click here and select either “Waiver Form” or “Enrollment Form,” in the navigation menu, complete all required information and click submit. The deadline to waive or enroll is September 11, 2019. If a waiver form is not submitted, then the student will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan after the deadline date. Waivers cannot be accepted after September 11, 2020.

If you are waiving the insurance, then you will be able to avoid the charge on your Student Account by waiving prior to June 1st. Please note: It may take up to five business days for the charge to be reversed once the waiver is approved.

If you are enrolling in the insurance, then you must actively attend classes for at least the first 45 days after the effective date of the plan.

The Ringling College Student Health Insurance Plan is a cost-effective health insurance plan designed to meet the regulations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act standards. 

A student may continue an existing fully paid policy after withdrawal, until its 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 complete the waiver form, click here.

To view information about the 2019-2020 Health Insurance Plan, please click here.

 

Contact Us!

Ringling students with questions about waiver requests, eligibility, enrollment, benefits, or claims may directly contact University Health Plans (UHP), the broker and plan administrator for the Ringling College Student Health Insurance Plan.

UHP: 800.437.6448 or info@univhealthplans.com

 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Urgent Care and Health Insurances Accepted

Ringling students may use any of the Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center locations when the on-campus clinic is closed. 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.

 

2020-2021 Student Health Insurance Plan

 

View details about the 2020-2021 Ringling Student Health Insurance Plan.

All international students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Ringling Student Health Insurance and do not need to take any action. International students do not have access to the online waiver and enrollment forms. International students will receive an email from United Healthcare by August 1st advising them to create and online account and download a copy of their Insurance ID Card. International students that have a US health insurance plan that is comparable to the Ringling Student Health Insurance Plan should contact University Health Plans at 800-437-6448 or info@univhealthplans.com to request a paper waiver form. 

The Ringling College Student Health Insurance Plan is a cost-effective health insurance plan designed to meet the regulations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act standards. A student may continue an existing fully paid policy after withdrawal, until its 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 click here.

To view information about the 2019-2020 Health Insurance Plan, please click here.

 

Contact Us!

Ringling students with questions about waiver requests, eligibility, enrollment, benefits, or claims may contact University Health Plans (UHP), the broker and plan administrator for the Ringling College Student Health Insurance Plan.

 

UHP: 800.437.6448 or info@univhealthplans.com

 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Urgent Care and Health Insurances Accepted

Ringling students may use any of the Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center locations when the on-campus clinic is closed. A range of insurances in addition to the student group plan are accepted. For more information: Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Health Insurances Accepted.

 

 

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, and pregnancy
  • After hours visit with a physician provided at any Sarasota Memorial Hospital Urgent Care Center location at no cost to students.  (Costs may be incurred to the student if any additional services are provided.)
  • STD Testing (Gonorrhea, chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, yeast, and HSV culture)

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
  • 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 34234

  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 34234

  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 Center, you will need to print your card.

 

UnitedHealthcare Mobile App

If you have the Ringling Student Health Insurance Plan insured by UnitedHealthcare StudentResources (UHCSR) you can access your information and insurance card via their mobile website 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 the Ringling Student Health Insurance Plan, you will also be able to print your insurance card by following the directions outlined here.  

 

UHCSR provides a personal website to download and print ID cards, lookup claims status, review Explanations of Benefits (EOBs) and search the provider network. To register, simply click here to “Create Your Account.” 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. 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 account and ID card, then please contact University Health Plans (UHP), the broker and plan administrator for the Ringling Student Health Insurance Plan at 800.437.6448 or info@univhealthplans.com.

 

Making an Appointment

When you make an appointment with a provider, be certain that the provider is currently a United Healthcare 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 status when making the appointment.  In-network providers should know the protocol to determine the coverage available to you. Below are the links to search for in-network providers.

 

Physician or Facility

Behavioral Health Provider

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

Walgreens works with our students to deliver medications to campus with proper prescription information during normal business hours. You can stop by the Health Center or contact Walgreens directly to sign up for this service. Be sure to mention RINGLING COLLEGE HEALTH CENTER DELIVERY if you would like to participate in this service free-of-charge. The Walgreens that fills and delivers the medication is:

Walgreens Store #: 13578

Waldemere Plaza at SMH

1921 Waldemere Street, Sarasota, FL 34239

Phone: (941) 955-6012

Fax: (941) 957-0958

 

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.

Psychiatry 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.

 

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 set up a REQUIRED REFERRAL appointment with a college counseling center staff member. Transferring prescriptions from a home psychiatrist is welcomed, through 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 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.

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 is 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 provides 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 hospitalization. In an emergency the student should contact their Resident Assistant, Associate Dean of Residence 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

Medical Leave/Re-Admit Provider Form PDF

Registrar Application for Readmission PDF

PCC Minor Consent Form

 

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 Student Access Services on the second floor of the Goldstein Library or email SAS@ringling.edu . Student Access Services are available to anyone with a documented condition that interferes with classes, coursework or activities on campus and accommodations can only be arranged through the Student Access Coordinator.

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 contact us for a list of community resources 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 into 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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