Counseling & Care Center (C3)

A Student Success Service for Traditional Undergrads

The Counseling & Care Center at Lancaster Bible College – also called C3 – exists to provide comprehensive, biblically based, professional counseling services to undergraduate students at the college. It is the mission of C3 to help break down the barriers of success and equip each student to grow and develop into the man or woman God created them to be. We seek to encourage our students to grow in every area of their lives—physically, emotionally and spiritually through a careful balance of support, encouragement and challenge.


We want you to feel comfortable as you start your counseling journey with us. If you have any unanswered questions after reading through our web page, please let us know so we can talk through them together. Feel free to contact the C3 Director, Kimberly Blest (kblest@lbc.edu) to schedule a meeting to learn more about counseling services at C3.

Contact Us at:

 717.560.8200 x 5581 |   C3@lbc.edu
Miller Hall, 2nd Level, Lancaster Campus
HOURS
Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Who Will You Meet With?

The C3 staff counselors are professionals with graduate degrees in counseling, psychology or social work. Each staff person is committed to applying Christian principles as a foundation for their work with students. We recognize that there is no healing apart from the work of God. The Center also uses trained graduate interns for the counseling. Interns are closely supervised by a licensed staff counselor who is responsible for the intern’s work with students.

Kimberly Blest, MA, LPC
Director of Counseling & Care Center
Praveen Rudra, MA
Assistant Professor, Clinical Counseling Manager, Multicultural Liaison
Tyler Webb
Director of Student Care

Why Counseling?

Students come to counseling for a number of reasons, but mostly because they are temporarily “stuck” in the middle of working out a personal problem. Being stuck usually relates to several common themes as noted.

  • Family
  • Spirituality
  • Friends
  • Decision Making
  • Intimacy & Sexuality
  • Managing Emotions
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Problem Behaviors or Situations

Most of the above behaviors are the typical struggles of many students. Making use of counseling available to you as a student may be one of the best decisions you make, rather than some sign of weakness or sickness.

If you do not desire or need a counseling experience, but maybe have a question about how to handle a difficult roommate, a situation at home or a sticky relationship, you can simply schedule a one-time consultation with a counselor in the C3 office.

How Do the Services Work?

Services are free of charge to currently enrolled traditional undergraduate students. Individual sessions are normally planned weekly and last about 45 minutes. Though the length of time varies, most students are seen on a short-term basis (8 sessions or less).

FIRST STEP: Complete the intake form
Email C3@lbc.edu for an online intake form, which provides us background information and your schedule. Our counselors will review this form and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Appointments can be made for individual counseling as well as group therapy. Due to time and staff limitations, we are not able to extend services outside our currently enrolled student population. See our referral page for options to locate a counselor in your area.

For emergencies, you can seek the help of a Resident Assistant or Resident Director, or you can call Public Safety at ext. 8247.

Is There Confidentiality?

What you share with the counselor will be held in confidence, unless you give your counselor permission to discuss it with others. This is the case except for incidents of suspected abuse of children or elderly persons, presents of a serious danger to yourself or others, or in the extremely unlikely event that records are requested by a court of law. You will be asked to sign a specific release form before any information is provided to outside parties.

If you are concerned about a friend who may need help, you can discuss this with a counselor without being asked to reveal the identity of your friend. A brief consultation at such a time may be just what you need to decide how best to help your friend. A counselor can often assist you with ideas about suggesting counseling to a friend or about handling a difficult situation. Students are often relieved after these consultations, and grateful for this type of assistance.

This is the Mission of C3

Counseling

Both individual and group counseling, is our first and foremost goal. We work very hard to provide the best service that we can. Because our staff is small and our purpose is to provide services for our students, we are not able to offer counseling services for faculty or staff.

Education

Education is also an important function for us and we provide it in a number of ways. First, the counseling we provide has a very strong educational component. This is especially true when working with young adults. Many of the concerns college students bring to counseling are developmental in nature and education is essential for the resolution of these issues.

We are involved in the annual training of the residence life staff through workshops presented to enhance listening skills, confronting skills, and crisis intervention. The staff also provides both classroom and other presentations on a variety of topics as requested by faculty or staff.

Consultation

Consultation is provided in a number of ways. A student may not want or need a counseling experience, but may have questions about how to handle a difficult roommate, a situation at home, or a troublesome relationship. Students who have met with a counselor on a one time basis have found the consults to be very helpful.

Referral Services:

Crisis Intervention

At times throughout the year a student may find themselves in a crisis. Perhaps a family member has become seriously ill or has died, or a student feels hopeless or suicidal. Whatever the situation, having someone to help manage this crisis is important.

Faculty is briefed on intervention and introductory counseling procedures to help manage the situation until a health professional arrives to assess the student. Our counselors are available and trained to assist individuals experiencing a time of crisis.

What’s your next step?