The Counseling Center offers comprehensive psychological services to the students of the University of Southern Maine. The staff of the Counseling Center is comprised of a diverse group of professionals, including licensed psychologists, licensed clinical counselors, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, a multi-cultural counselor, and graduate interns. Together they embody a great deal of experience with a multitude of issues. In addition to direct services to the student population, the Counseling Center acts as a resource for the entire USM community. Counseling services are available on the Portland and Gorham campuses, and at LAC on Thursdays when classes are in session. The following is a description of our services and initiatives.
Clinical counseling: Students may take advantage of individual counseling sessions, group counseling, couples' counseling, and professional referral to ongoing or specialized care within the community. The most common presenting concerns among our clientele include relationship issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, and substance abuse.
Crisis intervention: The Counseling Center offers immediate response to students, faculty, and staff members in the case of a mental health emergency. The Counseling Center staff are available to respond to crises on the Portland and Gorham campuses during business hours (between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) when classes are in session and during most breaks. Services are available at LAC on Thursday. The Center coordinates care with local crisis response service agencies and other providers to assure that situations receive a prompt, effective response. After hours, and on holidays and weekends, crises are responded to by Cumberland County Crisis Services at 207-774-4357 (774-HELP).
Consultation: University Counseling Services staff often consult with members of the university community to assist them in working with students who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. UCS staff consult routinely on general psychological issues.
Psychoeducation: The Counseling Center offers various time-limited groups throughout the school year on a variety of topics. Such topics have included eating disorders, self-care, assertiveness, and relationship issues. Through collaboration with the Office of Community Standards and USM's Department of Residential Life, the Counseling Center facilitates Substance Education and group experiences.
Outreach: Throughout the year, the staff seek out opportunities to engage with the student population, and in turn are sought out by members of USM faculty and staff for their expertise. We routinely participate in New Student Orientation and Resident Assistant training. We utilize an online stresses and Depression Questionnaire to identify students at risk. Other initiatives include guest-speaking engagements in the classroom, participation in panel discussions, and the development of awareness programming for the residence hall population.
Online Resource for Faculty/Staff: U.C.S. has created a guide for Staff and Faculty of how to assist and refer students who may be in distress.
Training: The Counseling Center is a training site for master's and doctoral interns. Our graduate interns enjoy a broad-based training experience, and provide quality services to USM students under the close clinical supervision of the Center's staff members.