The Putney School Health Services is a small, school-based health center and infirmary overseen by the Health Services Coordinator and the Counseling Coordinator. Staffed by caring and experienced registered nurses and counselors who approach student healthcare needs from a holistic and developmental model, Health Services works closely with families, local and home-based practitioners, and school personnel to assess and support students’ healthcare needs while they are living away from home. Though the office is not a comprehensive medical clinic, we provide compassionate and thorough care.
As a small clinic with limited services, we frequently refer students to trusted local practitioners for physical therapy, nutrition, sexual health issues, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, massage and chiropractic. We are not able to refer students for psychiatric care or annual physicals, and we encourage families to address dental, orthodontic, and allergy issues at home.
Although we are able to arrange transportation for an urgent appointment, we are not able accommodate recurring appointments off-campus. Transportation is billed to the student’s bookstore account.
Mental Health Counseling
The Counseling Coordinator acts as the school counselor and is available for drop-in and scheduled meetings with students looking for extra developmental and emotional support during their time at Putney. The Counseling Coordinator offers crisis assessment and stabilization services, short-term counseling, and some school-based advocacy and case management services free of charge to all enrolled boarding and day students.
To set up individual counseling for boarding students, send an email to the Counseling Coordinator, who will make a referral to one of three very experienced and well regarded private practice counselors who come to campus to meet with students in the Health Office. To learn more about the counselors who come to campus and the services they offer, please contact The Counseling Coordinator. Day student parents who are able to drive their child to appointments in Brattleboro are encouraged to find local clinicians at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists.
A referral for psychoeducational testing can be made through The Putney School Center for Teaching and Learning.
Although the school does not have an athletic trainer, the school has a sports nurse on-duty in the Field House during afternoon activities and sporting events.
Hospital and Pharmacy
The nearest hospital is Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, which is approximately twenty minutes away. Our local druggist is Brattleboro Pharmacy.
Our medication policy requires that all prescription medications be reported to and stored in the Health Services office. Day-time prescription medications are administered at Health Services. Bedtime prescription medications are kept in a dorm lock-box and administered by dorm heads. The Putney School Health Office does not have a relationship with a local psychiatrist/prescriber, and all medication appointments should be scheduled while students are home on breaks.
Health Services is open from 7:45 am to 7:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The medical clinic is open on Saturdays between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm and on Sundays between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. A nurse is on-call all other hours. Counseling services are generally available during business hours on weekdays. Any after-hours concerns needing immediate attention should be directed to The Dean of Students, advisor or adult dorm staff.