Psychiatric Services


How can a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) help me? 

PNPs evaluate and provide a wide range of care for patients who experience psychiatric issues. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients, treatment plans and case management, including psychotherapy and prescribing psychotropic medication. 

What should I expect when I meet with the PNP?

During your first visit, the PNP will conduct a thorough assessment of symptoms, take your family’s medical history, as well as your medical history, and get other relevant background information to determine whether or not medication is in your best interest. The PNP will discuss all options with you and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of medication. If the decision is made to begin taking medication, the PNP will schedule future appointments to continuously monitor the medication and readjust if necessary.

How to meet with the PNP?

Whittier's resident PNP, Mr. David B. Light, is available to see Whittier College students several Monday afternoons each month. Appointments require a pre-screening intake with a counselor. Please phone the Student Counseling Center at 562.907.4239 or walk in (next to Campus Safety) to schedule an appointment for intake.