Confidential Resources provide a safe space for individuals to discuss their options, learn about resources, and discuss any concerns before deciding to take next steps. Conversations with a confidential resource are privileged communications and are not disclosed to others. The matter will remain confidential to the extent permissible at law.
Confidential advising services are available to current NIU students who have been impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The Confidential Advisor collaborates with many University departments and off-campus agencies, and coordinates and provides assistance and support to students as they explore options regarding reporting and seeking support services.
The Confidential Advisor provides confidential, free, and individualized assistance to students to aid in coordinating services that best fit their current needs. Services include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Education on victimization, orders of protection, and other relevant information
- Information on available options as a survivor
- Assistance communicating with professors
- Support at administrative meetings
- Assistance making reports (NIU Police, DeKalb Police, Title IX)
- Support coordinating various accommodations
- Personal counseling referral
200 Campus Life Building
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides brief counseling, consultation, personal problem coaching, and support. EAP assists you with clarifying your difficulty and coping with personal challenges such as anger, alcohol, depression, family concerns, chronic illness, grief, stress and other difficulties.
The Office of the Ombudsperson provides students, faculty and staff with guidance to help solve a variety of university-related issues or conflicts. We offer confidential, neutral, informal and independent guidance. While we cannot provide legal advice or advocate on your behalf, we can advise you of your rights within the University.
At Health Services, students' individual needs are attended to in a caring manner while proving ambulatory medical and psychiatric health care for NIU students. Health Services is available to all students, full or part-time, who are registered and have been assessed on-campus tuition and fees. Students may use Health Services whether or not they are enrolled in the NIU Student Health Insurance Plan.
NIU Health Services is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC).
Specialize in the assessment and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a disorder that may occur following trauma exposures such as assault, sexual abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner violence.
Treatment at the Trauma Services Clinic usually consists of short-term cognitive-behavioral therapy using evidence-based methods such as prolonged exposure or cognitive processing therapy.
Free initial two-session evaluation that includes a PTSD assessment. If our services are appropriate, psychotherapy services are provided free of charge.
Psychological Services Center
Psychology/Computer Science Building 86
The Couple and Family Therapy Clinic at NIU provides high-quality, affordable mental health services for people across the lifespan experiencing a wide range of difficulties. These challenges may take the form of conflicts or problems with a partner, spouse, children, parents, siblings, family members, friends, or roommates.
In addition, challenges may manifest as everyday stress from responsibilities and decisions; child and adolescent behavioral problems; or more persistent difficulties such as physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, coping with addiction, and feelings of despair, loneliness, anxiety, fear, or thoughts of suicide.
Working with individuals, couples, and families alike, the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic professionals are committed to empowering their clients to nurture strong relationships through addressing the issues identified by the client.
It is the mission of Safe Passage to reduce or prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in DeKalb County. We provide a wide range of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence including crisis intervention and medical advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual violence, short- and long-term housing for victims and their children, counseling, legal advocacy, children's services, prevention programming, and a partner abuse intervention program.
815-756-5228 - 24 hour crisis hotline
KishHealth System has acquired the Ben Gordon Center and provides mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment services to the DeKalb County community.
Nearly 40 counselors and therapists, many with licenses and certifications in their areas of specialization, provide a variety of services in a number of clinical specialties for women, children, adolescents, couples, and families.
Our confidentiality policy states that all information received, including the fact that an individual is in treatment, is not discussed, shared, or released without the written permission of the client. The only exceptions are those required by law or if a life-threatening situation exists.
Sycamore, IL 60178
Crisis Line: (866)-242-0111
Depression Crisis Hotline 630-482-9696
Suicide Hotline 800-784-2433