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Parents' Questions

Questions you might have:

These questions are from Kadison, R. and DiGeronimo, T. F. (2004). 
College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do about It. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, (pp. 206-207).

Services at the Counseling Center include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, outreach educational programming for students, training and consultation for faculty, staff and students on mental health and other psychological issues among students, and consultation around student psychological and behavioral problems for parents. There are no additional fees for these services.

There are no arbitrary session limits. Treatment is tailored to the needs of the student. Students are expected to have goals for treatment that could determine the number of sessions needed. Referrals to the community will be made for students with mental health needs that surpass what can be offered through the Counseling Center.

There is not a psychiatrist available at Salisbury University. There are a number of psychiatrists in the community to whom students can be referred. In Student Health Services, there are several nurse practitioners who can prescribe and monitor medications in coordination with the Counseling Center. There is a $5 visit fee for these visits at Student Health Services. It is most often the case that the referral to the nurse practitioner comes from the Counseling Center staff. Continued counseling is typically recommended for students who are taking medications for psychiatric conditions.

There is no waiting list for counseling at the Counseling Center. Typically a student can be seen for their first appointment with a counselor within a week. During peak utilization times, it may take up to two weeks for an initial appointment. A student can be seen for emergencies during business hours on a walk-in basis.

Salisbury University does not have an infirmary. The Counseling Center works closely with Peninsula Regional Medical Center for acute care needs.

The University Police (410 543-6222) are available 24/7 in case of emergency. Outside of business hours, students can also call Life Crisis Center, a 24 hour hotline, at 410-749-4357 or go to the emergency at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Residence Life staff are also available to deal with emergencies.

Nurse practitioners at the Student Health Services can monitor some medications for dosage and side effects. More complicated problems and medication regimes should be monitored by a psychiatrist in the community or from the student’s home town.

If the student was in danger of hurting himself or others he/she would be transported to the hospital. Referrals to outpatient health care providers would be made if the student’s concerns were not sufficiently able to be addressed with expertise of the staff or due to limited resources available on campus. Most students, however, are provided counseling on campus.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the hospital where students go. There are a number of private practices in the community, the Wicomico County Health Department, and Life Crisis Center that are part of the community resources available to students.

Salisbury University does not have a health insurance plan for students.

Training on the identification of problems and on referral processes is offered annually to the Resident Advising (RA’s) staff and periodically for faculty and staff. There also is a wealth of information available on the website.

A student can either call 410 543-6070 or stop by the Counseling Center (2nd floor of the Guerrieri University Center, room 263 across from the Vice President for Student Affairs Office) to schedule an appointment.

All information at the Counseling Center is confidential, including whether or not a student is a client. This is in keeping with federal and state laws and the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association. Exceptions would be if the student were in danger of hurting himself or someone else, if there was a suspicion of child abuse or elder abuse, or if the records were subpoenaed by the court. In some circumstances to facilitate quality treatment for the student, family members or significant others may be contacted and/or involved with the student’s permission and with a release of information signed by the student.

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