The Student Health and Wellness Center provides a holistic approach to health care that embraces physical, psychological and social factors. Our team includes a medical director, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, clinical psychologists, doctorate-level psychology interns, and a welcoming front office staff.

Eligibility

Our services are complimentary for students enrolled in the current semester, who have paid their health fee. Some tests, labs, prescriptions, and procedures may include a low-cost fee.

Student Health and Wellness Center Services

Scheduling an Appointment

NOTE: Telehealth and in-person appointments are available.

Fall & Spring Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5  p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Closed daily for lunch: 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Closed on Weekends and Holidays

Summer Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Closed daily for lunch: 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Closed on Fridays, Weekends, and Holidays

Prepare for Your First Appointment

Once you have scheduled your appointment, please download and fill out the consent form, health questionnaire and PHQ9 form. There are 3 pages that must be completed before you may be seen at the Student Health and Wellness Center. Please arrive 15 minutes before your first appointment to complete the necessary paperwork.

NOTE: All information is confidential.

Obtaining Protected Health Documents: In order for Saddleback Student Health and Wellness Center to release any protected health information, a student must fill out and sign the Authorization of Release Protected Health Information (PHI) form. Please allow 24-48 hours for all medical information to be processed. All mental health summaries require 7-10 business days.

We believe in a holistic approach to health care that embraces physical, psychological, and social factors. The team at the Student Health and Wellness Center strive to meet all of the physical and mental health needs of our students. We also focus on preventative health and wellness education. Our services include:

  • Care for acute illnesses and injuries
  • Physical examinations
  • Women's health and Pap testing
  • Sexual health and STD screening
  • Immunizations and TB testing
  • Low-cost laboratory testing
  • Low-cost prescriptions
  • Psychotherapy and psychological testing
  • Mental health crisis intervention
  • Community referrals
  • Program clearances
  • Immunization Registry Notice to Patients

The Student Health and Wellness Center provides short-term mental health therapy for individuals, couples, and families, as well as crisis intervention for currently enrolled students. We treat all patients confidentially, with the goal of helping students achieve their personal, academic, and life goals.

If you are a student in distress or crisis, you may walk into the Student Health and Wellness Center or call us during hours of operation to receive immediate help or schedule an appointment for less urgent help.

Our trained and caring therapists are here to help students in need of LGBTQ support; alcohol, drug, and addiction help; support for victims of domestic violence and abuse and sexual assault.

After-Hours Mental Health Crisis Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis after hours, these resources are available to you:

  • Dial 988 for 24-hour Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711 then 988, or use the online chat service.
  • Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741
  • The OC Warmline offers non-crisis mental health support for anyone struggling with mental health and substance use issues. Call 877-910-9276.
    • The staff providing the services has been through a similar journey, either as mental health or substance use services consumer or as a family member of an individual receiving these services.

NOTE: The Student Health and Wellness Center does NOT provide emergency care services.

In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, mental health emergency, or serious injury,
contact Campus Police at extension 4444 from campus phones or dial 911 from any phone for
emergency medical or mental health assistance.

Information On Recognizing Medical Emergencies
Learn What To Do In Case Of A Medical Emergency

Saddleback College recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue and does not tolerate sexual assault in any form. The college will investigate all allegations of sexual assault occurring on-campus or at off-campus grounds or facilities maintained by the South Orange County Community College District, and take appropriate disciplinary, criminal, or legal action. If the sexual assault did not occur on campus-controlled property but the alleged assailant is a Saddleback College student or employee, the victim should report the incident to the Vice President for Student Services as soon as possible.

Any student or employee suspected of committing a sex offense of any kind is subject to both criminal prosecution by the State of California and disciplinary action under district and college policies and regulations. Campus disciplinary action will be initiated even if criminal charges are not pursued.

Disciplinary actions may be imposed on individual students, student organizations and/or any college faculty or staff responsible for any act of sexual violence. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and both shall be informed of the outcome. College sanctions following campus disciplinary procedures, detailed in Administrative Regulation 3540, depend on the outcome and may range from suspension to expulsion.

Every effort will be made to criminally prosecute perpetrators of sexual assault.

Health and Wellness Resources

Both Covered California and Medi-Cal have plans from well-known companies. Medi-Cal has free or low-cost coverage if you qualify.

NOTE: Covered California and Medi-Cal use the same application. That means that once you apply, you’ll find out which program you qualify for. Some households qualify for both.

Visit Covered California

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even in small doses, it can be deadly. Over 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Signs of Overdose

Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose can save a life. Here are some things to look for:

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • Slow, weak, or no breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Cold and/or clammy skin
  • Discolored skin (especially in lips and nails)

Naloxone

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone is safe and easy to use and works almost immediately. It is now available over the counter, without a prescription at pharmacies, convenience stores, grocery stores, and online.

How to Use Naloxone Nasal Spray

Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl test strips (FTS) are a low-cost method of helping prevent drug overdoses and reducing harm. FTS are small strips of paper that can detect the presence of fentanyl in all different kinds of drugs and drug forms (pills, powder, and injectables). FTS provide people who use drugs and communities with important information about fentanyl in the illicit drug supply so they can take steps to reduce risk of overdose.

How to Use Fentanyl Test Strip

Where to Find Naloxone and Fentanyl Test Strips on Campus

Naloxone is available at the Student Health and Wellness Center, Campus Police, and in all the Automatic External Defibrillator boxes. Fentanyl Test Strips are available at the Student Health and Wellness Center.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact Campus Police at extension 4444 from campus phones or dial 911 from any phone.

Additional Resources

Respiratory viruses commonly cause illness such as COVID-19, influenza (flu), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), especially in the fall and winter. They can cause cold or flu-like symptoms and be more serious in some people. They are typically spread by direct contact with a person who has a respiratory virus (through coughing or sneezing) or indirect contact with a person who has a respiratory virus (from items an infected person touched). There are actions you can take to protect yourself and others.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) 

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, the flu, or pneumonia. 

Influenza (Flu)

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as people 65 years and older, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Infants and older adults are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization.

How Can I Protect Myself and My Community?

  • Stay up to date on vaccines: Vaccines are the best way to protect against severe illness and death. COVID-19, flu, and RSV vaccines are available to eligible individuals.
  • Stay home if you're sick: Staying home when you’re sick slows the spread of flu, RSV, COVID-19, and even the common cold.
  • Test and treat: Test for COVID-19 and flu if you have symptoms. If you test positive, contact your healthcare provider, and ask about treatments. If you have COVID-19, follow the CDC guidelines for people with COVID-19.
  • Consider wearing a high-quality mask, especially if you’re sick and in crowded or indoor areas.
  • Wash your hands: Wash hands throughout the day with soap and water. Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze: Cough or sneeze into your elbow, arm, or a disposable tissue. Make sure to throw away your tissue then wash or sanitize your hands.

Talk to your healthcare provider or the Student Health and Wellness Center if you have questions about your symptoms and for further guidance. 
 

Training and Internship Programs

The Saddleback College Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) Practicum Training Program allows trainees an opportunity to work with medical professionals, licensed clinical psychologists, doctoral psychology interns and doctoral level practicum trainees to provide a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to the mental health treatment of our students.

Saddleback College students are a diverse group in terms of age, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and lifestyles. Presenting problems include depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders, eating disorders, substance-related and addictive disorders, and personality disorders.

The SHWC staff collaborate regularly with other departments on campus, such as Disabled Students' Programs and Services (DSPS), Veteran’s Education and Transition Services (VETS), Office of Student Development, and more.

Individual therapy is the most common modality of treatment, although there is occasionally an opportunity to provide couple or family therapy, as long as one of the clients is a currently enrolled student. We also provide group therapy. We are currently offering therapy services via telehealth and in person. 

Clinical supervisors encourage practicum trainees to utilize various theoretical orientations and to learn how to tailor the approach and interventions to the individual client. We provide one hour of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision weekly as well as didactic training monthly.

The SHWC practicum trainees provide all of the adult ADHD assessment and psychological testing done on campus for currently enrolled students who might benefit from academic accommodations based upon a psychiatric diagnosis. Practicum trainees participate in various campus and community outreach opportunities throughout the training year. Practicum trainees work a minimum of 20 hours per week that is 100% on-site. 

This site accepts only advanced doctoral students. Applicants must have completed one clinical practicum providing therapy to adults and must have passed their comprehensive exams prior to application. This is a yearlong practicum beginning in August.

If interested, please contact Dr. Lisa Schenitzki for more information at lschenitzki@saddleback.edu.

The Saddleback College Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) is offering one psychology post-doctoral internship position. The position provides an opportunity to work with medical professionals, licensed clinical psychologists, and doctoral level practicum trainees to provide a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to the mental health treatment of our students. 

Saddleback College students are a diverse group in terms of age, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and lifestyles. Presenting problems include depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders, eating disorders, substance-related and addictive disorders, and personality disorders. We are currently offering therapy services via telehealth and in person.

The SHWC staff collaborate regularly with other departments on campus, such as Disabled Students' Programs and Services (DSPS), Veteran's Education and Transition Services (VETS), Office of Student Development, and more.

The intern will be supervised regularly but work with more autonomy than in prior experiences in practicum and pre-doctoral training. Post-doctoral interns receive one hour of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision weekly. The position allows the post-doctoral intern to deliver individual supervision to a doctoral level practicum trainee and to deliver didactic training to the practicum trainees monthly.

The SHWC post-doctoral interns have the opportunity to provide adult ADHD assessment and psychological testing for students who might benefit from academic accommodations based upon a psychiatric diagnosis. Post-doctoral interns also participate in various campus and community outreach opportunities throughout the training year. 

This is a paid, yearlong position completed entirely on-site. Applicants must have met all professional doctoral degree requirements from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The doctoral degree must be conferred before the start of the postdoctoral internship. Preferred candidates have prior experience working at a university counseling center.

If interested, please contact Dr. Lisa Schenitzki for more information at lschenitzki@saddleback.edu.

CARE and Title IX Reports

If you or someone you know needs help or support submit a CARE report. Click the link below to submit a CARE concern.

Submit a CARE Report
Submit a Title IX Report

Contact

Student Health and Wellness Center

Office Location
SSC 177

Fall & Spring Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Closed daily for lunch: 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Closed on Weekends and Holidays

Summer Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Closed daily for lunch: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Closed on Fridays, Weekends, and Holidays