COVID-19 Precautions Continue for Fall Semester

Counseling Center

Due to COVID-19 the Counseling Center staff will continue to offer services virtually throughout the fall semester. The best way to contact the Counseling Center is by phone at 410-543-6070 or email at counseling@salisbury.edu.

Due to applicable mental health licensure laws, please be advised that the Salisbury University Counseling Center can only provide ongoing counseling services to students who are physically located in the State of Maryland at the time of service. If you are located outside of Maryland, we can provide short-term crisis support and/or referral assistance to a provider located within your state.

When the Counseling Center is closed, you still have access to support

If you have mental health concerns outside of regular business hours and wish to speak with someone from our After-Hours Support Line, please call 833-631-1066. The support line is available to support students experiencing any kind of mental health crisis.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911, call University Police at 410-543-6222, or proceed to your nearest emergency department. You can find additional crisis response resources on our Crisis Resources web page.

To find self-help resources visit our Coping with COVID-19 or Self-Help Resources webpages. For the most up to date information about Salisbury University’s response to the pandemic, please visit SU’s COVID-19 webpage.

Election Stress Resources

The Counseling Center understands that the presidential election may result in increased stress for some. Below are some resources to help manage your reactions in healthy ways.

How Can We Help?

Our dedicated staff provides high-quality and professional mental health services including prevention, assessment and treatment of psychological problems, emotional concerns or mental conditions of individuals or groups. We also aim to provide mental health promotion, education related to early problem detection and intervention, student advocacy and effective access to services. Our goals are to promote student welfare and psychological well-being, academic success and a safe and healthy campus community. Through a graduate internship training program, we also provide quality education and supervision for master’s students in social work and other counseling programs.

Diversity Statement

The Salisbury University Counseling Center strives to affirm, promote and celebrate diversity. We are committed to be aware of and understand diversity in its broadest sense. We value the importance of diversity for all individuals. People from every background are affected by issues of culture. Multicultural effectiveness and cultural humility are therefore essential components of our work with every client.

Notably, we all benefit from an understanding of how power, privilege, cultural identities (e.g. gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, social class, and many others) and individual differences affect our daily experiences. The Counseling Center recognizes that students come to the center at various levels of comfort with these identities and therefore, make it a priority to meet students where they are. All of our lives are enhanced by a better understanding of the diverse world in which we live. To find self-help resources visit Diversity Resources.

Statement Regarding Race-Based Killing in America

The Counseling Center expresses our grief, sorrow and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race-based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American community. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, guilt, or helplessness. The Counseling Center is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing. Additionally, and the Counseling center is hosting support group for men of color (Brother’s Keeper) and women of color (Sister Circle) every Thursday at 5pm.

Objectives

  • To provide therapy and counseling services to students who may be experiencing psychological, interpersonal or behavioral difficulties
  • To provide consultation to faculty, staff, parents and students to help foster an environment that is conducive to students’ psychological, intellectual, emotional and physical development
  • To provide training, outreach, mental health promotion, and other programs for students, faculty, and staff
  • To provide education, training and supervision to graduate students to foster their development as competent mental health professionals

The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

How to Initiate Counseling During COVID-19

To schedule an initial appointment (also referred to as an intake appointment) students can call the Center at 410-543-6070 during regular business hours or send an email to counseling@salisbury.edu. After scheduling, a reminder email will be sent to the student’s SU email address. Another email will be sent 30 to 45 minutes prior to the start time of the scheduled appointment. This email will include a link which directs students to a secure site where they will complete forms necessary for the intake process. Once the forms have been completed, the clinician to whom the student is assigned will begin the virtual session. This initial appointment, including completing necessary forms, typically takes approximately 90 minutes, so students should plan accordingly when requesting an appointment.

Related Campus Resources

In addition to our services and programs, we have provided you with many helpful resources.