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The Medical College of Wisconsin recognizes that its students, residents and fellows work hard and carry many responsibilities.

We are aware that the demands of education, training and service to patients can produce a variety of stressors for individuals and their families. Student and Resident Behavioral Health Services provides a comprehensive program to meet these professional and personal mental health needs.

We value your dedication and hope you find these resources helpful.

David J. Cipriano, PhD

David J. Cipriano, PhD

Associate Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Director, Student and Resident Behavioral Health

(414) 955-8954 | Pager number: (414) 314-5562

Additional Information

With MCW, you have two primary benefits for accessing mental health services:
1) MCW Student and Resident Behavioral Health as well as
2) Student Assistance Program, Com Psych/Guidance Resources.
You may access one or both of these resources. This means more choices for you and expanded benefits!
What to Expect - MCW Student and Resident Behavioral Health

What to Expect - MCW Student and Resident Behavioral Health

About:
MCW Student and Resident Behavioral Health is a network of psychotherapists with experience working with medical, pharmacy, and graduate students as well as medical residents and fellows, with a clinic conveniently located just 1.4 miles from campus.

What To Expect:
Your benefit includes 10 unbilled sessions per academic year. These sessions can be talk therapy and/or medication management/psychiatric services.

How to Access Services:
Contact intake at (414) 955-8933.
If you connect to voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, and identify yourself as an MCW student. You can expect a call back within 1 business day. You may also email intake at cbischel@mcw.edu to schedule an initial appointment.
*Please note: email is not considered a secure mode of communication and we recommend you limit details regarding your needs.

Intake and First Sessions:
During the intake conversation students will be asked for your name, DOB, and primary reason you are seeking support.
Please be sure to state that you are a student at MCW. You may also share preferences for the provider you work with (ex. a provider of a certain gender or race). We will try to accommodate these preferences.

The first session involves clarifying your reason for coming in, gathering some background information and perhaps setting some broad goals. Sometimes people wonder if the ‘fit’ is right after the first session. We recommend attending a couple of sessions before you make any decisions and then talk to your therapist about it. Some people wonder what the process is like. There is really no mystery about it – talking feels good! And, learning new coping strategies or taking a new perspective can help too.

Questions/Contact:
If you have any questions or concerns about accessing or navigating these services, please contact Dr. Cipriano at dcipriano@mcw.edu or your Student Behavioral Health and Resource Navigator, Kerri Corcoran at kcorcoran@mcw.edu.


What to Expect - Student Assistance Program (Com Psych/Guidance Resources)

What to Expect - Student Assistance Program (Com Psych/Guidance Resources)

About:
The MCW Student Assistance Program offers a wide network of counselors which spans the state of Wisconsin, and appointments which can take place outside of the MCW system, if that is your preference. Some providers offer evening and week-end appointments.

What To Expect:
Your mental health support benefit through the Student Assistance Program includes 10 unbilled sessions per presenting issue. These sessions are limited to talk therapy, and do not include medication management or psychiatric services. (As an aside, you do have access to financial consultation, legal consultation and other resource navigation via their website.)

How to Access Services:

To access this benefit, call 1-833-927-1860 (toll free). You will speak to a counseling professional who will listen to our concerns and will guide you to the appropriate service. You may also share preferences for the provider you would like to work with (ex. a provider of a certain gender or race). They will try to accommodate these preferences. You will be provided with a list of available local providers. You will then contact these individual providers to determine who you would like to use your benefit with and to schedule your initial appointment.

Questions/Contact:
If you have any questions or concerns about accessing or navigating these services, please contact your Student Behavioral Health and Resource Navigator, Kerri Corcoran at kcorcoran@mcw.edu.


Common Concerns

Common Concerns

  • Adjustment to school
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Career concerns
  • Marital/Relationship issues
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Stress management
  • Family issues
  • Sexual issues
  • Child/adolescent services
  • Substance misuse
We are Available to You!

We are Available to You!

Carolyn Bischel, MS, LPC
Intake Coordinator
(414) 955-8933
cbischel@mcw.edu

David J. Cipriano, PhD
Director of Student and Resident Behavioral Health
(414) 955-8954
(414) 314-5562 (pager)
dcipriano@mcw.edu

After hours (5:00 pm and weekends) emergency contact
(414) 805-6700 or (414) 955-8900
*Ask for the Department of Psychiatry clinician on-call*
Benefits for Students

Benefits for Students

The first 10 sessions are provided to students free of charge. This benefit extends to spouses and children of the resident or fellow. After that, co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance are paid in accordance with the patient's health insurance plan.
Benefits for Housestaff

Benefits for Housestaff

The first 3 sessions are provided to housestaff free of charge, courtesy of MCWAH. This benefit extends to spouses and children of the resident or fellow. After that, co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance are paid in accordance with the patient's health insurance plan.

For Students Only

All new intakes and inquiries about services will go through our new Student Assistance Program, ComPsych. Please call 1 (833) 927-1860. The intake coordinator there will guide you to the right resource for you. This may be one of their network of psychotherapists across the state or through MCW's Student Behavioral Health services in the Department of Psychiatry in Milwaukee or one of the contracted local providers at our regional campuses. It means more choices for you and expanded benefits: 10 sessions per academic year at no charge to you. Housestaff, please use the intake and emergency information below.

Contact Us/Crisis Support Lines

Milwaukee
General: (414) 955-8950
Referral Coordinator: Carolyn Bischel, MS, LPC
(414) 955-8933
cbischel@mcw.edu

 

Emergencies
During Business Hours
(414) 955-8933

Emergencies
1 (833) 927-1860 ComPsych (students only)

After Business Hours
(414) 805-6700

 

Green Bay
Counseling services available in partnership with St. Norbert College
(920) 403-3045

 

Central Wisconsin
Counseling services available in partnership with Elmergreen and Associates
(715) 845-7175

 

24/7 Support - Provided by Resources Outside of MCW
Support available at no cost through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988

The Crisis Text Line
Provides Free Crisis Support via Text Message:
-Text START to 741741
-Additional information and support available on their website

 

Green Bay - Family Services of NE Wisconsin
Crisis Support Line
(920) 436-8888

 

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Crisis Support Line
(414) 257-7222
(414) 257-6300 (for hearing impaired)

 

Wausau - North Central Health Care
Crisis Hotline
(715) 845-4326
(800) 799-0122

 

The Trevor Project
LGBT Intervention and Suicide Prevention Hotline
(866) 488-7386

 

Physician Support Line
Psychiatrists helping physicians and medical students navigate the many intersections of our personal and professional lives.
(888) 409-0141
Physican Support Line website

Student and Resident Behavioral Health Google map location