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Welcome to Counseling Services!

Student Counseling Services is closed during the summer semester.  Appointments resume August 23. 

If you are in need of urgent support, contact the 24/7 UMN Phone Counseling and Crisis Line by calling 218.281.TALK (8255) or text "UMN" to 61222. 

Our mission is to support and enhance the mental well-being of students at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  We provide confidential telemental health counseling for students located in Minnesota or North Dakota for personal, crisis, and developmental counseling needs.  We provide confidential consultation and referrals for student assistance to community based mental health providers. 

Services are free of charge for all registered UMC students.  Your well-being is our focus!

Services and Resources:  

Urgent Needs and Crisis Resources:  

If you are in need of urgent support, contact the 24/7 UMN Phone Counseling and Crisis Line by calling 218.281.TALK (8255) or text "UMN" to 61222. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.  View additional crisis supports.

Learn to Live:  

Learn to Live is an online self-help mental health resource available to all UMN Crookston students (use code UMN).  Learn to Live uses evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modules for common mental health struggles, such as stress, worry, anxiety, social anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and depression.    

Let's Talk:  

Wanna talk to someone but you're not sure of your options?  Drop in and Let's Talk in-person or virtually on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-4 during the semester.    

Individual Counseling: 

We provide time-limited, brief telemental health services for personal, crisis, and developmental counseling for students located in Minnesota or North Dakota.  Email umccoun@crk.umn.edu to see if your concerns fit within our scope of practice or for a referral for an appropriate level of mental health resources for your needs.  

Now hiring Peer Health Educators for FY21-22

Learn More and Apply

Stress Managment Resources:  

BIPOC Collaborative:  

The BIPOC Mental Health Collaborative meets virtually once a month for a wellness activity and small group discussions.  The Collective is open to all BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students, staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota.  Join this space to be seen, be heard, and cultivate mental wellbeing practices.  

For On-Campus Students

For On-Campus Students

Make an Appointment

For Online Students

For Online Students

Counseling Services provides referral assistance to community based mental health providers in your locale.  For assistance, email umccoun@crk.umn.edu

Call the UMN Crisis Line at 218.281.TALK (8255) or 

UMN Textline is available 24/7 by texting 'UMN' to 61222

Another option for crisis counseling is The Steve Fund Crisis Text Line. The Steve Fund is a resource developed to provide students of color with mental health support.  Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond. More information is available here.

Free online screening assessment for mental health issues: click here

For Faculty and Staff

For Faculty and Staff

Parents: Helping From a Distance

Parents: Helping From a Distance

Did you know . . . that parents are the #1 influence over their sons/daughters educational and career choices!

UMC wants to help parents to help their sons/daughters to prepare for and make sound choices and educational decisions.

University freshmen aren't the only ones who may feel a little anxious when they arrive on the University of Minnesota Crookston Campus. Parents face their own uncertainties about how to let go and yet remain involved in their sons/daughters lives throughout their college career. The Counseling Department responds to parental concerns and offers a network of support and information about counseling, careers, alcohol and other drugs, and disability services.

The transition to college can be exciting, and stressful for families. Parents may be unsure what expect for their son/daughter and what the transition means for their family. 

Remember that your son or daughter’s transition to college is a transition for you as well and can be a stressful experience, especially if your son or daughter hasn’t lived away from home before. During this important time of transition for the family, many parents put their own feelings and reactions “on hold” while helping their child prepare for university life. However attending to your own emotional needs will go a long way toward helping everyone feel comfortable with the challenges that college presents.

You may feel a variety of emotions as your son or daughter prepares to leave home for the first time. You may feel anxious, anxiety, and excitement that are common during this period of transition. It is also normal to look forward to the relative peace and quiet of having your older son or daughter out of the house. You may be excited to have the place to yourself, or to have more time to spend with your spouse and or other children.

Remember that coming to the University is a tremendously important developmental step for your son or daughter toward adulthood. It represents a culmination of 17-18 years of learning. This is the time when your hard work as a parent will show itself as your son or daughter begins to make independent choices. Many parents find that it helps to focus on the fact that providing their son or daughter with this opportunity is a priceless gift. Be proud of yourself!

Here are some ways you can help your son or daughter from a distance:

  • Stay in touch. Even though you son or daughter is experimenting with independent choices, s/he still needs to know that you're there and available to discuss both normal events and difficult issues. Make arrangements to write, call, email, or text on a regular basis. It may be helpful to have a conversation about how often s/he would like you to contact them.
  • Be realistic about financial matters. Students should come to college with a fairly detailed plan about who will pay for tuition, books, fees, and room and board, and what the family's expectations are about spending money. Being specific at the outset may help avoid misunderstandings later. Don't forget the costs of social activities, which are an important part of the college experience.
  • Be realistic about academic achievement and grades. The University attracts bright, and not every student who excelled academically in high school will be a straight-A student at UMC. Developing and refining the capacity to work independently and consistently, to demonstrate mastery, can be as important as grades, as long as the student meets the basic academic requirements set out by the University. Again, these are choices that each individual student makes, though certainly it is appropriate to help your son or daughter set his or her own long-term goals.

Parents-How to help Yourself:

  • Find a new creative outlet. Many parents find that taking on a new challenge is an excellent way to manage and channel their energy and feelings. Have you ever wanted to travel? Volunteer in your community? Assume a new project or responsibility at work? Write a book? Learn to fly? Bike? Run? Or Make a quilt? Make a list of all the things you intended to do while your son or daughter was growing up, but never had the time to do it. Now is your chance!
  • Allow yourself to have emotions. There is little benefit in pretending that you don't feel sad, guilty, relived, apprehensive, worried, etc. about the transition to UMC. A healthier approach is to discuss your feelings with your family, friends, clergy, or whoever is a source of support for you. Talking with other parents of college-bound students can be particularly helpful.
  • Make Overall wellness a goal for yourself. During stressful times, it helps to get enough sleep, eat healthy meals regularly, get adequate exercise, and do something that you like. If you are feeling good, you are more likely to have the energy to help your son or daughter and a good role model.
  • Be patient with the transition. It is important to recognize that it will take some time to develop the right balance between your son or daughter's developing need for independence and their simultaneous need for support and guidance. Every person is different in this regard and has different needs, and these needs will almost certainly change over time. In addition, students don't know always know how much independence they can handle or how much support they will actually need. So, be patient, and understand that it will likely take some time for everyone to figure this out.

The University of Minnesota Crookston Counseling Center (UMCCC) is available to assist your son/daughter with many of their personal concerns so that they can meet the daily challenges of student life. Counseling services are provided by licensed University Counselors. There are no charges for personal counseling. There may be charges for tests, inventories and questionnaire used for evaluations.

Advice for Parents

You're on Your Own (But I'm Here If you Need Me)

A Resource for Parents of College Students from the University of Minnesota System!
University of Minnesota Parent Program Director Marjorie Savage offers realistic advice for parents of college students in the revised and updated version of You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me).

This one-of-a-kind-guide provides anecdotes and suggestions from experienced parents and college staffs all over the country. The book addresses issues such as why students complain about the food but still manage to gain fifteen pounds their first year, how to teach basic financial responsibility, and what to do when a child comes home with a nose ring. Learn strategies and tips for creating a loving, supportive partnership responsive to the needs of both parents and students.

It is available through the University Bookstores or call 218.281.8335.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

To support and enhance the mental well-being of students at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Scope of Service

Scope of Service

Counseling Services Provides:  

Brief (time-time limited) telemental health counseling for students located in Minnesota or North Dakota for personal, crisis, and developmental counseling services.   Counseling Services also provides virtual, confidential consultation and referrals for student assistance to community based mental health providers.    

Counseling Services DOES NOT Provide: 

Counseling Services strives to provide support for as many students’ mental health needs as possible. However, we are not able to provide some specialized services, resource-intensive programs, services beyond the scope of Counseling Services mission, or those which pose a conflict of interest.  As such, we do not provide:

  • Counseling Services to students who are not currently located in Minnesota or North Dakota
  • We do not serve incoming first-year students prior to Orientation, students who have graduated, or alumni
  • Clinical services to staff or faculty
  • Long-term counseling
  • Intensive substance abuse treatment
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Testing for learning disabilities or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Assessment and documentation for service or emotional support animals
  • Forensic evaluations
  • Neuropsychological evaluations
  • Treatment that is required by court or probation or recommended by an attorney in related to a legal case
  • Services to students who are not medically stable or require intensive medical treatment
  • Mediation for on-campus proceedings

Although we do not provide these services, we will assist students in accessing these resources off-campus. If you would like assistance in finding an on-campus resource to meet your needs, please schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.

Meet the Providers

Meet the Providers

Jodi Ramberg, MA, LPC, BC-TMH
Counselor and Counseling Services Director

Jodi is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Minnesota and North Dakota.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in addictions at the University of North Dakota.  Jodi enjoys assisting individuals to increase their self-compassion and well-being.  Jodi has advanced training in trauma-informed therapy and specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma treatment.  She has specialized training in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for assisting individuals desiring to make behavioral changes.  Jodi has background working as an addiction counselor and enjoys applying this experience to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention efforts.  Jodi worked at the University of North Dakota’s Counseling Center for eight years prior to coming to UMC Counseling Services in spring of 2021. 

Christen Schoenborn, MA, LPC
Assistant Counselor

Christen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Minnesota.  She earned her Master’s Degree at Minnesota State University, Moorhead in 2014 in College Counseling and Student Affairs.  Christen is passionate helping individuals utilizing mindful self-compassion and wellness strategies with individuals, groups, and workshops. She uses an eclectic approach in working with individuals and believes that meeting the individual where they are at and developing a connection with individuals aligns best with her theoretical framework. Her primary strengths include working with individuals with anxiety/stress/worry and wellness strategies.  Christen has experience working with clients in a variety of different settings including outpatient, inpatient, and college counseling centers.  She has been working in Counseling Services at UMN Crookston since fall of 2017.

Welcome to Counseling Services!

University of Minnesota Crookston

245 Sargeant Student Center

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218.281.8571

FAX: 218-281-8584



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