Questions you might have:
What are the counseling resources? Is there a separate
fee for using them?
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.
Are there limits on the number of counseling sessions
Students typically are limited to 8 individual
counseling sessions per semester and unlimited group
therapy sessions. Often times this is sufficient, and
exceptions can be made to this limit. Referrals to the
community can be made for students with mental health
needs that surpass what can be offered through the
Is there a psychiatrist available to prescribe
medication if necessary?
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
What is the staff-to-student ratio for counselors? (The
national average is 1 per 1,574.)
The ratio of fulltime equivalent staff to full time
equivalent students is 1 to 1981.82 at Salisbury
How long is the waiting list in November and March (when
typically counseling centers are busiest)?
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.
A student can be seen for emergencies during business
hours on a walk-in basis.
Does the school have an infirmary where students who
need brief or extended care can stay when
hospitalization isn’t required?
Salisbury University does not have an infirmary.
The Counseling Center works closely with Peninsula
Regional Medical Center for acute care needs.
Who should a student call if there is an emergency in
The University Police (410 543-6222) are available 24/7
in case of emergency. After business hours, students can
reach a staff member from the Counseling Center by
contacting University Police. Residence Life staff are
also available to deal with emergencies.
Can my child’s medication be monitored, and is there a
separate cost for that?
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.
In what circumstances would a student be referred to a
health provider or hospital outside the college
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.
What local facilities does the college refer students
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.
What kinds of mental health services outside the college
community will the school insurance cover? (Be sure to
check with your own provider also. Your child may need
to come home to see a participating provider.)
Salisbury University does not have a health insurance
plan for students.
Have the faculty, staff, and residential staff been
trained to identify and properly refer students
struggling with mental health issues?
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.
How does the student contact the counseling center to
make an appointment?
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
What are your guidelines on confidentiality? Under what
circumstances would I be contacted?
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.
1 These questions are from Kadison, R. & 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).