Department of Psychological Sciences

Auburn University Psychological Services Center

AUPSC Coronavirus Response – Update August 2020

Following Auburn University and CDC guidelines, the AUPSC will be able to offer limited on-campus services, in addition to continuing remote services, starting in fall semester. We understand this has been a very challenging time for each of you, and we hope this transition back to campus will help relieve some of the stress involved with this. We are so very grateful for the patience and understanding we have received from you all.

In order to ensure safety and health for everyone, you may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our clients, clinicians, and staff. Important changes include:

  • Our office will communicate with you before your appointment at the AUPSC to ask several screening questions.
  • Once you arrive for your session, we ask you to wait in your vehicle (or outside of Cary Hall if you walked to the clinic) until one of our staff members can come screen you. Our staff will also take your temperature as you enter the office. Please understand this is not to create a barrier in your care, but to help us maintain a safe environment for all clients and our staff.
  • We will have touchless payments, which means we will not be accepting cash or check at this time. Clients can make payments over the phone or through our online payment link, available on our website, prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the clinic, and we encourage you to use the hand sanitizer we have placed in multiple locations around the clinic.
  • To enter our building, you will be required to wear a mask.
  • Once you are in the building, you and your clinician will go straight into the assigned therapy or assessment room(s) to minimize use of the waiting area.
  • In order to reduce exposure, we are asking that you only bring one adult for your child's appointment AND leave children who aren't seeking services at home with another caregiver or a sitter.
  • We ask that all clients, faculty, graduate students and staff please be considerate of others. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 or FLU like symptoms, please do NOT come to the office. Please self-quarantine and call us to reschedule. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to our office until you have receive clearance from a medical professional and notified us. Please notify us if anyone you have spent time with in your immediate or extended family, circle of friends, coworkers, neighbors, or classmates have tested positive or is being tested for COVID-19. 

The AUPSC has taken many pre-cautions to ensure that our clinic is safe for all individuals. 

  • Cleaning and disinfecting: We are cleaning and disinfecting areas and rooms before and after each session, in addition to cleaning any commonly touched surfaces.
  • Staff/Faculty Monitoring: We are monitoring our faculty and staff members' temperatures and symptoms daily. If a staff member presents with any COVID-19 symptoms or a fever they will be sent home immediately.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: All faculty and staff members who work in our building are required to wear at a minimum a face mask. We are following the CDC and AU Guidelines on this requirement.
  • Social Distancing: We are encouraging all individuals to practice social distancing while in our clinic. Therapy and assessment are set up to allow for social distancing (i.e., allowing the client and clinician at least six feet of distance while in the room together).

Please know that we are reaching out to anyone who is on our current waitlist, and we are working to set up new client intakes. If you haven’t heard from us, please call 334-844-4889 or email aupsc@auburn.edu to check on estimated wait times. If you are not on our waitlist but are interested in receiving services from our clinic in the future, please call 334-844-4889 or email aupsc@auburn.edu for more information.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every client, safe in our clinic.

Sincerely,

AUPSC Staff and Department of Psychological Sciences

 

AUPSC Coronavirus Response – Update 6/1/2020

Auburn University has extended the period of remote learning and job duties until the Fall semester begins in August, following recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since our staff and clinicians will not be on campus, all in-person appointments are postponed until the university resumes in-person operations. All appointments at this time are being conducted via telehealth. Clinicians have attempted contacting all current clients, and telehealth services are available for current clients at this time. Please note that if you are contacted, a clinician may be calling from a blocked number.

If you are on our wait list, please know that we are not initiating new therapy or assessment cases at this time, but you can remain on our wait list during Clinic closure. We will contact you to determine if you are still interested in services within the next few months, as well as to discuss estimated wait times. Options for services will include telehealth even when the clinic resumes in person services. If you are not on our wait list but are interested in receiving services from our Clinic in the future, please check back for updates regarding when we will reopen or email aupsc@auburn.edu.

We appreciate your patience during these unusual circumstances and value each and every one of you, and we look forward to serving you in person. Our clinic is working diligently to set up new client intakes via telehealth and updates will be posted on this website.

The AUPSC, which is a training clinic, reserves the right to determine the appropriateness and availability of services for all clients based on available resources and other professional and ethical considerations. The clinic will provide appropriate referrals when necessary. The Clinic does not provide crisis intervention, medication, and services for ongoing sexual or physical abuse.

Sincerely,

AUPSC Staff and Department of Psychological Sciences

 

AUPSC Coronavirus Response – Update 4/8/2020

The AUPSC is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19/Coronavirus, and is taking recommended steps regarding how to respond to this evolving health concern. We are following guidelines from Auburn University and are not currently seeing clients for in-person sessions, in order to protect the health of our clients, students and staff.

If you are a current client, your graduate clinician will be getting in contact with you as soon as they are able to. If you are a client on our waitlist, please know that we are not initiating new therapy or assessment cases until further notice. We are sincerely sorry for any distress or inconvenience that these changes cause. We do not take these decisions lightly, as the heart of our priority at this time remains the continuity of care for our clients, training for our students, and the broader mental health and wellbeing of our community.

Please refer to the Auburn University and Auburn University Campus Safety and Security websites and social media pages for updates regarding normal operations for the University. 

During this time of stress and anxiety, we urge everyone to take time to care for themselves, and for one another.

Sincerely,

AUPSC Staff and Department of Psychological Sciences

 

If you are in need of any immediate or emergent assistance, please contact the following:

Call 911 for immediate assistance

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

East Alabama Mental Health Emergencies: 1-800-815-0630

East Alabama Medical Center - Emergency Service: 334-528-1150

Auburn University Student Counseling & Psychological Services: 334-844-5123 (Auburn students only)


Welcome to the Auburn University Psychological Services Center (AUPSC). AUPSC is a training clinic that provides therapy and assessment services for children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in the Auburn-Opelika area. The mission of AUPSC is to provide quality mental health services to the community, train future professionals, and further knowledge through research.

In addition to psychological assessments and therapy, the AUPSC offers services through several specialty clinics including evaluations for autism spectrum disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, applied behavior analytic services for children with autism through the Center for Autism Research, Treatment, and Training (CARTT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), interventions to support children, adolescents, young adults, and families manage chronic illness, and health behavior assessments.

Call 334-844-4889 For an appointment
Monday—Thursday 8:00 am — 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.

101 Cary Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
Nadia Bhuiyan, Ph.D., Clinic Director

Twitter   facebook

Questions about this page.

Last Updated: August 05, 2020