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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

University Counseling Center

Shoemaker Building
301-314-9206 (fax)
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, staffed by licensed psychologists and counselors, provides 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 students who need help in choosing a major.  Walk-in hours are also provided for veterans looking for a safe and supportive place to talk.  Students can call 301-314-7651 for the current walk-in hour schedules. 

Counseling Center Services

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 and social well-being.  Among the topics many students discuss in counseling are depression, anxiety, self-esteem, academic stress, relationship issues, grief and loss, sex, 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 .

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.  Recent group offerings 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 Social Anxiety group that assists people with strategies for overcoming shyness and anxiety when dealing with others.  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).  The counselors in LAS can help you enhance your writing, math, note-taking, test-taking, time management and learning strategies. In addition to working individually with students, the LAS staff offer a variety of one-credit learning strategies courses, as well as academic skills workshops.  Topics covered in LAS workshops include academic success strategies, exam skills, time management, and end-of-semester survival strategies.  LAS offers an English Conversation program for international students and a dissertation support group for doctoral students.  To schedule an appointment phone 301-314-7693 or sign up online at: https://lasonline.umd.edu .  Visit our website at  www.counseling.umd.edu/LAS .

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 space for exams; and (4) assistance with access to various buildings and facilities on campus as well as access to the campus' paratransit service. If you are a new or returning student, contact the Disability Support Service to register in Shoemaker Building as soon as possible at 301-314-7682 - (voice and TTY), or email us at dissup@umd.edu , or visit our website at  www.counseling.umd.edu/DSS .

Returning Students Program.  If you are over 25 and returning to school after a break in your formal education, you probably have different needs than the traditional college student.  The Returning Students Program in the Counseling Center's Learning Assistance Service (LAS) is designed to help you with the transition to academic life.  To make your adjustment to the university successful, workshops, counseling, and information are available at the Counseling Center.  Call 301-314-7693 or visit our website at www.counseling.umd.edu/LAS .

Testing Services.  The Testing and Research Unit, in the University Counseling Center administers career and personality tests for counseling purposes, and also administers national standardized educational tests, such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and Miller Analogies.  Call 301-314-7688 or visit our website at  www.counseling.umd.edu/Structur/str_trdp.htm .

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 301-314-7660 or visit our websiteat  www.counseling.umd.edu/Structur/trdpurschgrp.htm .

Support for Parents of College Students.  The Parent Warmline is a confidential telephone and for any parent concerned about his or her student's adjustment at college, including concerns impacting academic, social, and emotional realms, and overall mental health.  Parent Warmline staff can be contacted at 301-314-7651.

University 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
Tuesday - 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

Majors Walk-in Hours


no appointment needed
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 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 and Research Unit
Monday - Friday
Evening and weekend hours for testing purposes


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


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