We know that whatever affects the personal lives of students can also affect their ability to learn. Our goal at Student Health and Wellness is to provide access to counseling services that help Grinnell students succeed academically, personally, and interpersonally. Some students seek our services simply because they want to have a confidential conversation with a counselor; others are experiencing significant distress. SHAW uses a spectrum of care model to help Grinnell College students access a variety of resources to meet their needs.
Our counseling team includes:
- licensed psychologists
- licensed mental health counselors
- Licensed marriage and family therapist
- therapists pursuing licenses who are under the supervision of a licensed staff therapist
- graduate-level trainees under the supervision of a licensed provider
We also have connections with providers in the surrounding community for students who prefer to see an off-campus provider.
The cost of counseling services is covered by student tuition fees. Thus, you must be an enrolled student at Grinnell to seek our services. We do not provide services to benefits-eligible employees of the College. We also do not treat families, friends, or peers of students who are not enrolled at Grinnell.
Services Beyond Counseling
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a suite of online tools that is designed to provide you with a tool kit of effective evidence-based resources to help you bounce back from setbacks. These psychoeducational sessions, mindfulness sessions, logs, and progress measurement tools are available for free, 24/7/365. It’s like navigating on your favorite movie app…just with content that can make a difference in how you think, feel and function! Learn more about TAO. Grinnell College students have free access (with the use of the Grinnell College email). Sign up for TAO today.
Neolth’s digital platform and mobile app offer personalized, private stress and mental health support to students through relaxation practices, health tracking, educational videos, student vlogs, and livestream events. With their proprietary crisis referral system, Neolth connects students in real time to life-saving care, including crisis text and voice hotlines and direct referrals to school crisis services.
Join the community today by creating an account at Neolth . Use your Grinnell email for free access.
Virtual Care Group is a company that provides virtual health care service to higher education institutes in the continual United States.
Activate VCG Account
SHAW recommends all students do this when they can. Being activated saves you a step when needing services when you are ill. Having your account active means you have quicker access to care.
- Activate directly from email sent from NoReply@TheVirtualCareGroup.com.
- Visit TheVirtualCareGroup.com/Grinnell and enter:
- Last name
- Date of birth
- 50112 (this is the school’s zip code).
- Questions or assistance activating, email the Virtual Care Group.
Once activated, you can log in and access your free telehealth services.
Mental Health Appointments
- You may call the Need to Talk line at 641-269-4404.
Or call VCG Behavioral Health Line 855-522-1226.
- At the time of calling you can either speak with someone right away if you are in crisis or schedule a future appointment with a provider. You can also download their app (via the Apple Store or Google play) to register and make appointments.
While VCG does offer psychiatric services, Grinnell College does not cover the cost of them. This is not a free service for Grinnell College students. If you chose to utilize VCG psychiatry you will be required to enter a credit card number. You will be charged around $215 (initial) or $100 (return). Students will get a receipt that they can submit to their insurance company, but services must be paid for out-of-pocket at the time of service. If interested in paying for VCG psychiatry, please call 866-533-1827.
SHAW has a telepsychiatry option available in partnership with the University of Iowa. Call SHAW at 641-269-3230 to schedule a consult about this free service.
Questions or Concerns
VCG partners with many colleges and each has their own contract. Students should never have to enter a credit card or insurance card for any of the basic services. If you have any questions or run into any problems, VCG and SHAW are here to help. We recommend contacting VCG directly. However, you can always let SHAW know about your experience.
Visit the SHAW programs page for a current list of workshops, group therapy, and other programs put on by SHAW staff.