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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

University Counseling Center

1101 Shoemaker Building
Phone: 301-314-7651
Fax: 301-314-9206
Director: Sharon Kirkland-Gordon, Ph.D.

Seeking help is a sign of strength!  Many students encounter a variety of personal, emotional, social, career, and academic issues that call for assistance beyond advice provided by friends and family. Fortunately, the Counseling Center in Shoemaker Building is staffed by licensed psychologists and counselors, who provide free and confidential counseling services to all University of Maryland students. To schedule an appointment, call 301-314-7651 or stop by the front desk in the main lobby of the Shoemaker Building.  Walk-in counseling is available to students of color who would like a consultation with a counselor of color; LGBTQ students who would like a consultation with a gay, lesbian or a gay ally counselor; and international students.   Walk-in hours are also provided for veterans looking for a safe and supportive place to talk.  Students can visit our website or call 301-314-7651 for current walk-in hour schedules. 

An after-hours call service staffed by professional counselors is available for urgent mental health concerns after business hours, during weekends, breaks, and holidays.  Call 301-314-7651.   

Counseling Center Services

Personal and Psychological Counseling.  You don't have to face your problems alone.  In a warm and supportive environment, you can meet with a counselor to discuss any concern you may have related to your personal, emotional, and social well-being.  Among the topics that students discuss in counseling are depression, anxiety, self-esteem, academic stress, relationship issues, grief and loss, family problems, and loneliness.  You may see a counselor for short-term individual counseling, couples counseling, or join one of the many counselor-led support groups. Call 301-314-7651 or visit our website at  www.counseling.umd.edu .

Career Counseling.  A normal part of your development in college is identifying who you are in relation to a future career. You can get help with this process in individual career counseling at the Counseling Center.  Your exploration may include taking career interest tests and interpreting the results with a counselor or taking advantage of a computerized career information system.  Whether you are choosing a major, changing a major, or establishing career goals, it is important to understand how your personality, values, and interests relate to your future professional life.  Career counseling at the Counseling Center is a good place to begin this process. Call 301-314-7651 or visit our website at  www.counseling.umd.edu .

Support for Parents of College Students.  The Parent Warmline is a telephone consultation resource available to any parent or guardian concerned about his or her student's adjustment at college.  Counselors will help callers address a range of concerns related to academic, social, and emotional issues and overall mental health.  Parent Warmline staff can be contacted at 301-314-7651.

Group Counseling and Workshops.  You can gain strength to deal with your concerns by getting together with other people who share similar problems, interests, and goals.  Each semester, the Counseling Center offers interpersonal psychotherapy groups and weekly support groups addressing a variety of topics, such as career exploration, mindfulness, dissertation support, procrastination prevention, and stress management.  Facilitated by psychologists and counselors, the typical group size is 6 to 8 students.  Recent groups have included, "Circle of Sisters," a support group for black women; "My Body-My Self: A Woman's Group," which addresses problems of body image and eating; and a Mindfulness group that assists people with strategies for overcoming stress and anxiety.  Call 301-314-7651 or visit our website at  www.counseling.umd.edu .

Academic Skills Counseling.  Many students would like to improve their academic skills. If you want to enhance your learning strategies, overcome weak areas, or think differently about being an effective college learner, schedule an appointment with one of the Counseling Center's academic skills specialists in the Learning Assistance Service (LAS).  To schedule an appointment, call 301-314-7693 or sign up online at: https://lasonline.umd.edu .  Visit our website at  www.counseling.umd.edu/LAS .

Guided Study Sessions (GSS).  The GSS program provides peer-led collaborative academic support in lower level gateway courses that have a high DFW rate (number of students earning grades of D and F, or withdrawing before the end of the semester).  GSS helps students learn more and perform better in these important gateway courses by encouraging active engagement in the learning process.  The focus of GSS is on high-risk courses, not high-risk students.  Students who perform better in the lower level courses and develop effective learning strategies are more likely to persist and perform better in upper level courses. For more information call 301-314-7693.

Disability Services.  The Counseling Center's Disability Support Service provides a range of accommodations for students with disabilities, including: (1)  interpreters and transcribing services for deaf or hard-of-hearing students; (2) enlarged print and electronic format of textbooks and written materials for individuals with print material disabilities (e.g., blind or low vision, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, or physical disabilities); (3) extended time and private or reduced distraction testing space for exams; and (4) assistance with access to various buildings and facilities on campus including access to the campus' paratransit service. If you are a new or returning student, contact the Disability Support Service in the Shoemaker Building to register as soon as possible.  Call us at 301-314-7682 - (voice and TTY), email us at dissup@umd.edu , or visit our website at  www.counseling.umd.edu/DSS .

Testing Services.  The Testing Office in the Counseling Center administers career and personality tests for counseling purposes, and also administers national standardized educational tests, such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, PRAXIS, GMAT, and Miller Analogies.  Call 301-314-7688 or visit our website at www.counseling.umd.edu/TRU/testing.php .

Research Services.  Group and individual consultation are available for those who need assistance with research design, statistics and writing project proposals, theses, and dissertations.  Call 301-314-7651 or visit our website www.counseling.umd.edu/TRU/research.php .

Counseling Center Hours

Counseling Service appointments



8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students of Color Walk-In Hours
Monday - Friday

no appointment needed
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rainbow Walk-In Hours
Monday - Friday

no appointment needed
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Veterans Walk-in Hours
Monday – Thursday

no appointment needed
call for hours

International Students Walk-in Hour 

no appointment needed
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Learning Assistance Service

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Disability Support Services
Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Testing Office
Monday - Friday
Evening and weekend hours for testing purposes

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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