SPS for students with mental health problems, developmental disorders and/or neurological problems

Clarification of the need for support by the Student Counselling Service.

As a student with mental health problems, developmental disorders and/or neurological problems, your support needs are assessed through a clarification consultation

The clarification consultation is held at the Student Counselling Service at DTU. During the consultation, you will together with a counsellor from the Student Counselling Service—find out which support type best suits your needs.

After the consultation, the Student Counselling Service will recommend one or more of the following three support types.

Support types

  1. Study support by the Student Counselling Service 
    The study support by the Student Counselling Service will focus on your well-being in your studies, including the acquisition of tools for handling the specific challenges you have as a result of your diagnosis. You must reapply for the support each semester.

  2. Study support by an academic support teacher
    This support will typically be provided by a lecturer from your study programme who will act as a supervisor and motivate you in relation to any academic challenges. Focus may, for example, be on improving structure, planning, and development of strategies. The academic support teacher should be regarded as a provider of educational assistance with the aim of teaching you to use various strategies for acquiring specific academic knowledge and subsequently applying this knowledge at both a general level and an abstract level. The type of support and the way in which it is provided naturally depends on your specific needs, which you will work to identify together. You must reapply for the support each semester.

  3. Study support by a mentor
    A mentor is typically a fellow student enrolled in a higher year on the same study programme as you. The role of the mentor is to support you in relation to the more practical and social matters associated with studying. For example, the mentor can help and support you during your study start and after each holiday when a new semester begins. The mentor can also help you with course and exam registrations and help you structure your homework, assignment, and exam preparation schedule etc. The type of support and the way in which it is provided naturally depends on your specific needs, which you will work together on establishing. You must reapply for the support each semester.

In addition, you can apply for:

  • Workshop/supervision for support teacher or support person
    In connection with the granting of study support by an academic support teacher or support person, workshop/supervision for the support teacher or support person may also be applied for. This means that the support teacher or support person can receive lessons from an expert who will provide him or her with further information on the specific psychological or developmental disorder and give advice and guidance on how the support teacher or support person can ensure that you are given the best possible help and support. You must reapply for the support each semester.

  • Dictaphone
    With a dictaphone, you can record classes and lectures. The dictaphone is a tool for taking notes, as audio files can be transferred directly from the dictaphone and stored on a computer. This allows you to listen to the recordings again at home with a view to processing the information, improving your focus and attention, and selecting the most important parts of the academic material.

  • Consultation for students with autism spectrum disorder at the Danish Autism Centre
    If you have an autism spectrum disorder, the SPS unit or the Student Counselling Service can recommend that you be invited to a consultation at the Danish Autism Centre at the address: Center for Autism, Herlev Hovedgade 199, Herlev. Through a consultation with you, a consultant from the Danish Autism Centre will analyse which specific academic challenges your functional impairment creates for you and make recommendations for how you can best tackle them, as well as how your SPS support and your place of study can best support you.