Student Success Center

The Student Success Center aims to promote mental health, provide emotional support, and connect students to resources at Duke and beyond. The Center is co-led by Dr. Brandon Knettel, assistant professor and licensed psychologist, and Dr. Sean Convoy, assistant professor and lead faculty in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.

For the fall 2020 semester, Dr. Knettel will be available for on-campus consultations in the Pearson Building, Room 1013, or for online consultations on Zoom during normal business hours. Meetings may include conversations about stress management, academics, interpersonal challenges, mental health and well-being, or other aspects of student life.

Dr. Convoy will offer additional workshops on mental health promotion and resilience training delivered across our community.

To schedule a meeting, you can visit the link below to fill out the form, call (919) 684-9416, or email Student_Success@duke.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a charge/cost for services? Will services be charged to my health insurance?
I am a faculty/staff member and I am concerned about a DUSON student. Can I refer her/him/them for services?
Is this service only for people with a diagnosed mental health problem?

I want to get connected with a counselor or meet with a psychiatrist. Can you help?
Is the Student Success Center for Duke School of Nursing students only?
Do you offer academic support and study skills?

Is there a charge/cost for services? Will services be charged to my health insurance?
The Student Success Center offers only pre-clinical consultations and does not provide formal mental health treatment. All services are offered by the School of Nursing free of charge and will not be charged to health insurance.

I am a faculty/staff member and I am concerned about a DUSON student. Can I refer her/him/them for services?
Faculty and staff are welcome to schedule a consultation with us to discuss students of concern and strategies in talking with students. However, all of our student consultations must be initiated by the student and we will not reach out for scheduling. We want to ensure that students see our services as entirely optional and voluntary.

Is this service only for people with a diagnosed mental health problem?
We welcome all DUSON students and firmly believe that ALL people can benefit from emotional support and skill building. Our consultations cover a wide variety of wellness-related topics. Examples of consultations include challenges in adjusting to a new city or academic program, stress related to COVID-19, experiences of systematic injustice or racism in the current political environment, questions related to sexual identity, imposter syndrome and compassion fatigue, relationship issues, and managing work/life balance.

I want to get connected with a counselor or meet with a psychiatrist. Can you help?
Absolutely. Our staff are very familiar with the mental health providers working at Duke and in the local community. This includes psychotherapy and psychiatry services at Duke Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), free telehealth counseling through Blue Devils Care, and a variety of community-based providers. Feel free to schedule a consultation to discuss the options available to you and how to get connected with these services or providers.

Is the Student Success Center for Duke University School of Nursing students only?
You must be a currently enrolled DUSON student to be eligible for individual consultations with the Student Success Center. DUSON faculty and staff may consult with us about student issues or concerns. For personal challenges, all DUSON faculty and staff are eligible for services from the Duke Personal Assistance Service. Dr. Sean Convoy may be available to hold WiseMind workshops outside of DUSON. If you are interested in WiseMind workshops, contact him directly.

Do you offer academic support and study skills?
Currently, our services are focused on supporting emotional wellness. However, we are happy to help connect you with academic resources at DUSON and at Duke. For a listing of current academic support services offered to DUSON students, visit the Academic Support page.

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