Services at the Counseling Center
The Center for Counseling and Human Development utilizes a goal-oriented, brief therapy model. While the majority of students benefit from this model, students seeking long term counseling or specialized treatment may be referred to more appropriate resources in the community.
Counseling for personal and academic problems is available for students. Using a short term counseling model, our counselors assist students with concerns ranging from homesickness to family problems to depression and anxiety. Many students come to counseling to learn how to manage stress, improve their self-esteem, or handle their interpersonal relationships. Other students seek help with academic issues such as study skills, motivation problems and test anxiety. Our counselors may refer students to community agencies or counselors off-campus if the student’s needs can be better met in this manner.
Crisis intervention is available for emergencies involving student safety and well-being, including suicidal thoughts or behaviors, threats to other persons, sexual assault, and severe depression. The counselors may assist students in these situations with seeking medical services, or utilize Crisis Intervention services.
Support groups are open to students seeking assistance with issues often faced by their peers, such as dealing with a parent or other family member with a substance abuse problem or managing anxiety and stress. Our counselors may refer students to a support group as an effective way of handling their problems, or as an adjunct to counseling.
Outreach activities are offered to students to educate about mental health issues. The Counseling Center offers annual screenings for depression and anxiety, with follow-up workshops for students to learn effective coping skills. Counselors speak to student organizations and classes on mental health topics, and participate in Wellness activities throughout the year. The Counseling Center organizes Pet Therapy during Finals Week where certified therapy dogs are brought to campus to promote stress reduction for students.
Consultation for faculty, staff, and other students, who are concerned about the unusual, problematic, or potentially harmful behavior of a student, is available through the Counseling Center.
Emergencies that occur after hours should be referred to Millersville University Police at 911 or Crisis Intervention at 394-2631.
Threat assessment is handled by the TAT@MU (Threat assessment at MU) team. Students, faculty and staff with concerns about the unusual, problematic or potentially harmful behavior of a member of the campus community should contact TAT@MU at 872-3717.
Counseling for faculty, staff, and administration is offered through the State Employee Assistance Program. Contact SEAP at 1-800-692-7459.
Appointments can be made by contacting the Counseling Center at 717-871-7821. If no one is available to take your call, please feel free to leave your name, telephone number and a brief message. We will return your call as soon as possible.
The Counseling Center is committed to seeing students as quickly as possible. We understand that the need to reschedule or cancel an appointment is sometimes unavoidable. If for any reason you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please call the Counseling Center to cancel your appointment (24 hours notice is preferable).
The Center for Counseling and Human Development respects and protects the individual student's right to privacy and believe that a commitment to confidentiality is indispensable to effective, successful counseling.
Information which is obtained in the context of a counseling relationship may be released to other individuals and agencies only with the student's written permission.
There are some exceptions to the general policy of confidentiality required by professional practice and by law. These exceptions include situations involving threats to ones self and threats to others.
The Center does not initiate contact with a potential student client because of our respect for an individual's privacy. We ask that faculty, staff, parents, and fellow students refer individuals who could benefit from counseling services. If a potential student client is anxious about coming for counseling, it may be helpful to offer to accompany them to their initial session.