The Health and Counseling Center offers triage assessment for medical concerns, nurse support and first aid, and facilitated referrals to specialized care as needed. The Health and Counseling Center is staffed for counseling by appointment Monday through Friday, 9am–5pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8pm, and for health concerns 9am–3pm. Services are available to all Grace College students. Health appointments are unnecessary; students may walk-in during service hours. If the Health Center is closed, referrals are facilitated through the Office of Student Affairs as needed off campus to a) a family physician group practice, b) an urgent care facility, or c) the regional hospital’s ER.
As needed, the Health and Counseling Center manages sick list needs and issues for residential, on campus students. The Health and Counseling Center also manages the coordination of information regarding a student’s health with appropriate academic contacts. The center organizes flu vaccine clinics seasonally and administers allergy shots on a case-by-case basis. The Health and Counseling Center can also assist students with acquiring required or recommended immunizations and vaccinations. GoEncounter and Study Abroad applications are reviewed to determine and approve immunization and vaccination needs for the student applicants. Also, The Health and Counseling Center administratively manages the student health insurance program.
The center offers counseling services for all Grace College students free of charge. Individual services addressing a myriad of issues commonly facing college students are addressed daily in the Health and Counseling Center from a biblical perspective and with the goal of honoring the Lord. The Health and Counseling Center also offers group education and training services in areas including suicide prevention, mental health promotion, and healthy body image.
The Health and Counseling Center is professionally staffed by providers at the doctoral, masters, and supervisory levels. Appointments can be confidentially made through the Center Secretary, Karla Ellis, via email or at 574-372-5100, ext. 6472. Emergency walk-ins during office hours are welcomed except during the evening hours. Emergency after-hours services are referred to Community Mental Health through the Director of the Department of Student Health and Counseling and Resident Life staff.
Director of Student Health and Counseling
Dr. Deb Musser holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Certificate in Group Work from the Adler University; a master’s in counseling from Grace College; and is licensed in the state of Indiana as mental health counselor (LMHC). This marks Deb’s 20th year at Grace College; fourteen of those years includes Deb’s work in Student Affairs with groups and individuals in a college setting. Deb has experience with a wide variety of populations and settings including but not limited to: children in an elementary school setting; college students; adolescents in a juvenile detention center; grief groups; and community mental health. She has assessment experience working with and evaluating adolescents as well as completing parenting evaluations. Deb has had particular experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, transitions/life changes, trauma, anger management, parenting and groups.
Telephone: 574-372-5100 ext. 6069
Secretary Health Center
Karla has worked at Grace College since 2000, serving as Administrative Assistant in academic support, music, and Secretary for the student Health Care Services.
Telephone: 574-372-5100 ext. 6472
Beth completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Grace College in 1996. She has worked at Kosciusko Community Hospital off and on since 1995 and received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Bethel College on the Grace Campus in 2008. She has over 2 years of Medical / Surgical nursing experience.
Telephone: 574-372-5100 ext. 6426
Charlanne is a licensed mental health therapist in the states of Indiana and Maryland. She completed her Master's degree in counseling at Grace College. She has been practicing in the counseling field since 2005 in various mental health and non-profit counseling agencies, as well as supervising graduate students in the Grace College graduate in counseling department. She worked for a non-profit counseling agency for three years in Maryland and two years at a church counseling center in Wabash, IN. She has had particular experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, transitions/life changes, and groups.
Chad earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace College in 2013. He comes to this position having worked with families in crises, traumatized children, and struggling youth through White’s Residential and Family Services. He has facilitated grief and loss groups through HOSPICE and individual counseling through A New Direction Counseling. Chad also has had the opportunity to work with college aged men and women as a Resident Director at Anderson University and as an intern counselor at Grace College.
Mary is working toward her Master of Arts in Clinical Health Counseling at Grace College. She comes to this position having worked with at-risk families, teens, and children for over 12 years through George Junior Republic's Preventative Aftercare program. She has come alongside individuals, families, and couples while interning at A New Direction Counseling. She has experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, faith issues, anger management, self-esteem and abuse.
Abigail enjoys serving students in the Grace College Student Counseling Center. She graduated from Grace College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace College. Abigail has counseled individuals and groups in residential and inpatient facilities, in addition to providing rehabilitative services in a community mental health setting. She has a passion for helping individuals identify and incorporate truths in their lives in order to live more fully in Christ.
Jeff received undergraduate degrees in history and philosophy at Taylor University. He spent 10 years in the working world mainly serving the disabled community before receiving his call to the counseling profession. He recently completed clinical experience working alongside a marriage and family therapist dealing with a wide range of issues from depression and anxiety to addiction recovery and marital discord. He is also a pastor and owns a Montessori preschool with his wife, Tricia.
Email the Secretary for the Department of Student Health and Wellness, Karla Ellis or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6472.