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A brief statement regarding the death of George Floyd

Counseling Center services during the altered school schedule Spring 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, UMass Dartmouth will have an altered schedule and policies in order to ensure the safety of its students amidst the global coronavirus situation. This web page will be kept up to date with regard to any changes to the counseling center's services and operation during this time. For updates on the University's response to this situation, please refer to UMass Dartmouth's coronavirus webpage.

The counseling center staff will be working remotely until June 30th in order to help promote social distancing and ensure the safety of our students and staff.  This web page will be updated when there is further news regarding our availability for in-person appointments.

  • If you are an ongoing client of the counseling center, call 508-999-8648 and leave a message and a counselor will get back to you as soon as possible.  If this is an emergency, refer to our Emergency Resources webpage.
  • If you are new to the counseling center and are interested in scheduling an intake appointment, please contact the counseling center at 508-999-8648 and a therapist will discuss your options.

Please refer to the information below for some special considerations during the ongoing coronavirus situation.  This web page will be updated if there are changes to any of these policies.

Per CDC guidelines, if you are feeling sick please stay home and do not come to the counseling center.

  • If you have traveled abroad in the last 14 days but are feeling well, please call the counseling center at 508-999-8648 before coming in person (if and when in-person sessions are resumed).
  • If you are feeling well but have been in contact with someone who is ill, please call the counseling center at 508-999-8648 before coming in person (if and when in-person sessions are resumed).
  • You may call us at 508-999-8648 if you are feeling sick but are in need of mental health care. A counselor will help you identify how to get your mental health needs met.

If you are experiencing a psychological emergency, please refer to our Emergency Resources page for help connecting to the appropriate emergency resource.

While social distancing advisories are in effect, UMass Dartmouth counseling center is offering therapy services via video conferencing.  For students who are not currently clients at the counseling center, the counseling center staff would be happy to consult regarding how to get your mental health needs met.

Accessing care

Current clients with ongoing appointments

  • If you would like to keep your current appointment please get in touch with your therapist at 508-999-8648 if you have not already done so. They will discuss whether it would be feasible to connect via phone or whether another plan would be more appropriate.
  • If you have an existing appointment and know that you will not be able to attend, please call 508-999-8648 to cancel or reschedule.

If you are unable to come to the counseling center because of distance or illness:

  • Please call us at 508-999-8648 and a counselor will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss options with you.
  • You can also refer you to our resources page, which makes it easy to find a therapist or psychiatrist in your home community. 
  • You may also consider accessing one of the many "telehealth" resources offered by your insurance company. A list of telehealth resources by insurance carrier can be found on our resources page.

If you are new to the counseling center and would like to make an appointment: 

  • Please contact us at 508-999-8648.

Useful contact information for UMass Dartmouth

Department Name

Phone

Email (if applicable)

Care & Advocacy

508-910-6402

ccocks@umassd.edu

Career Center

508-999-8658

career@umassd.edu

Center for Access and Success

508-999-8711

access_success@umassd.edu

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

508-999-8872

 

Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality (CWGS)

508-910-6567

cwgs@umassd.edu

Counseling Services

508-999-8648

 

Dining Services

508-999-8147

mealplans@umassd.edu

Frederick Douglass Unity House (FDUH)

508-999-9222

 

Health Services

508-999-8982

 

Housing and Residential Education

508- 999-8140

housing@umassd.edu

Leduc Center for Civic Engagement

508-999-8144

leduccenter@umassd.edu

New Student & Family Programs

508-999-8407

orientation@umassd.edu

Peer Health/Live Well

508-910-6965

livewell@umassd.edu

Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL)

508-999-8127

sail@umassd.edu

Student Conduct

508-999-9153

studentconduct@umassd.edu

UMass Dartmouth Police Department

508-999-8107

 

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office

508-999- 8640

vcshannon@umassd.edu

Coping with Coronavirus concerns

Psychological Health Tips

(from the counseling center at UMass Amherst)

  • Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties of the future.
  • Maintain your day-to-day normal activities and social outlets as much as you can. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself from the support and caring that others can provide. 
  • Seek accurate information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information.
  • Pay attention to positive news instead of only focusing on negative and fear-producing reports.
  • Follow the protection and prevention tips given by medical professionals such as University Health Services here on campus, national medical authorities, and your own medical doctor.
  • Practice calming rituals: Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening.
  • Seek supports & use campus resources. Reach out to friends and family and learn about campus resources. If you or someone you know has significant distress that does not seem to be getting better, talk about it with others or reach out to CCPH. Your campus community is here to help!

Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing

  • Be aware of your behavior or attitude change toward others from another country.
  • Avoid generalizing anyone who is sick as potentially having the Coronavirus.
  • Examine any irrational or rigid thoughts that can exist when there is uncertainty.

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The Counseling Center provides a range of services to help students develop improved coping skills to address emotional, interpersonal and academic concerns. The Counseling Center provides individual, couples and group counseling, and psychiatric services. The Counseling Center offers primarily short-term counseling, and will help students initiate referrals to community-based services when students need specialized or longer term services.

Counseling services are provided by licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, and advanced unlicensed doctoral or master's-level trainees under the close supervision of our licensed staff.

Services include:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Groups
  • Workshops and Seminars

For more information visit counseling services.

Referrals

In the event that your concerns cannot be met at the Center, an appropriate referral to community-based providers will be arranged with you.

Social Media

Find us on Facebook at umd.counseling

Tweet at us @UMDCounseling

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