Student Counseling Center
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Counseling Center Events
COVID-19 & Counseling Center Updates
In response to the continuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns in the United States,
the Counseling Center is working to clarify how this may affect access to mental health
services for our students and making necessary changes. Updates to services will be
posted as they become available. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
- How to Cope With Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19) (verywellmind.com)
- The Silvers Sentinel Newsletter (Representative David Silvers)
- Rental and Utilities Assistance Program (Sun Sentinel)
- Baptist Health South Florida is now offering FREE virtual or telehealth visits on Baptist Heath Care On Demand. Use CODE: CARE19 If you or someone you know has cold or flu-like symptoms, use Baptist Health Care
On Demand to find guidance and/or peace of mind before rushing to a waiting room –
Baptist Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
- Apply for utility or rent assistance: pbcgov.com/OSCARSSpbcgov.com/OSCARSS
The Student Counseling Center provides services and programs to help students maintain
their emotional well-being in order to achieve their educational goals.
Are you facing any of these issues?
Please contact us for support! Counseling is available on all five campuses. Bilingual counselors are available and we offer a variety of support groups to meet students needs.
Call to schedule an appointment with one of our talented counselors now.
- Boca Raton: BT 125
- Belle Glade: By Appointment Only
- Lake Worth: SCA 103
- Loxahatchee Groves: LGA 101
- Palm Beach Gardens: SC 123
After hours & need help?
Call 211 and speak to a trained professional in your area.
Confidentiality & Consent
As a client of the Counseling Center, you have the right to strict confidentiality and no information about your case will be released without your prior written authorization.
Students of Concern Confidentiality Exception
Confidentiality may be extended to the Dean of Students or Threat Assessment Committee under circumstances warranting such discussion for the purpose of Threat Assessment or Safety Concerns as described in the Student Handbook.
Robin Russo, LCSW
Director of Student Well Being
Robin has advanced training and or certification in such modalities as EMDR, TIR, DBT, Hypnotherapy, and Clinical Sexology. She has acted in a Clinical Director role in Substance Abuse Treatment facilities and as Program Coordinator for a specialized programming in the Hospice setting. Robin brings a unique background to mental health care in that she also has a degree in Physical Education/Exercise Science and believes the strong connection between mind and body in maintaining optimal health. She maintains a small private practice focused on women’s issues and supervision.
My name is Katherine Alberto and I am a current graduate student at Florida Atlantic University. Although you may have heard this line previously, I truly believe that I didn't find social work, instead, it found me. I have always had a passion to help those around me and being able to bridge any and all gaps. For as long as I remember, I always said I wanted to work with the younger population, however, as time goes on and I meet other individuals, I am now open to working with all ages!
I am a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University's social work program. Often people ask me "are you sure you want to be a social worker?" to which I respond "I've never been more sure of anything in my life. " I spent time as a volunteer crisis counselor after finishing my BA in psychology at FAU, and my experience lead me to where I am now. Recognizing the dignity and worth of all people and advocating to improve the quality of their lives is an initiative that has always been near and dear to my heart. My areas of interest include trauma, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and psychodrama. I'm happy to be apart of the Palm Beach State College Counseling team.
Vernal "Sammy" Lightbourn
I received my Bachelor’s in Baking and Pastry Arts/Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami and I am currently in my last year at Florida Atlantic University working to receive my Masters in Social Work. I was raised in the Turks and Caicos Islands by a Turks Island father and a Haitian mother. I come from a large family and I love meeting the needs of others and guiding them through their thoughts for their potential choices. My previous internship was at the Public Defender’s Office in West Palm Beach, Florida, where I was able to visit and assist clients suffering from mental health issues by establishing a treatment plan for their release from jail. I also worked with juvenile adolescents from ages 11-17 to provide resources and encouragement to complete their court-ordered sanctions for early release from probation. My friends, family, and colleagues describe me as a calm, collective person and a good listener who makes them feel safe and comfortable to talk to.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Social Work and look forward to helping people realize their own value. I am a graduate of Palm Beach State College, earning my AA and AS degree in Human Services. I have had the wonderful experience of interning at the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, where I worked with some amazing families. Mindfulness and Intentional Motivation are areas of interest for me. I am happy to be back on campus, interning at The Center for Student Wellbeing.
I recently earned my Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and am currently in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Social Work from FAU. Prior to transferring to FAU, I was a proud Palm Beach State College Panther, obtaining my Associates transfer degree in 2018.
My previous internship with the Coalition for Independent Living Options, provided me the opportunity to educate clients about their options and facilitate their access to independent living resources. I am a Veteran of the United States Navy and am passionate about combining that experience with my education in Social Work. I hope to facilitate positive transitions for Veterans returning to “Civilian Life” and empower those who want to pursue a degree in higher education.
I am currently in the advanced standing MSW program at FAU. My hobbies consist of church activities, spending time with family and friends, and binge watching my favorite shows. I am currently working as a case manager at the Achievement Center for Children and Families where I connect families with needed resources to elevate their current situations. I have been working in the case management field since 2016. I'd like to think of myself as a lifelong learner, I am an open minded individual who is always ready to learn and gain new insight. I am excited to intern at PBSC where I completed my AA, AS and BA degree. Very proud alumna!
I am currently a student here at Palm Beach State College, majoring in Psychology. Working for the Counseling Center/ Panther's Pantry has allowed my passion of helping people shine through. I look forward to being able to help you with your needs. I have a passion for helping kids and those who may have difficulty helping themselves. My job has allowed me to achieve this. While in high school I was able to obtain certification in early childhood education as well as in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. When I am not being a full-time student, an employee, and a mother some of my interests are dancing, singing, and going roller skating. I like to try new things and styles such as the color of my hair. My favorite color is blue but when you may see me, my hair may be purple or pink or a different color. My goal right now is to achieve my Bachelor's in General Psychology and go on to becoming a clinical psychologist. My vision is to have my daughter Krismoshel and my family by my side as I go through my journey of success.
COUNSELING CENTER GROUPS
COMMUNITY RESOURCES & SELF-CARE
There are a number of services and support programs for the PBSC community and students. Find resources in the following areas:
- Crisis Stabilization
- Dating/Domestic Violence/Stalking
- Housing/ Food Insecurity
- LGBTQ support
- Mental Health
- Veteran's Services
MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC-SERVICE SUSPENDED
*PLEASE NOTE: Mobile Health Clinic services are suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Uninsured students and staff may receive health services from the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Mobile Health Clinic.
Services offered are:
- Primary care services such as physical exams and chronic disease management treatment (diabetes, hypertension, etc.)
- Preventative care such as colorectal and cervical cancer screenings, mammogram referrals, etc.
- Behavioral health services such as screenings and psychiatric and addiction treatment
For more information click here.
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Mobile Health Clinic will come to the Lake Worth campus on the fourth Thursday of each month unless the College is closed. It will be parked in front of the Public Safety Training Center.
How do I make an appointment?
Both uninsured students and staff may receive health services.
To make an appointment, please call the Counseling Center at 561-868-3980.
From there, you must visit the Center in SCA103 at the Lake Worth Campus to fill out paperwork before being escorted to the clinic.