All UCC staff place a high priority on privacy and confidentiality. All communications between a client and a counselor, including the decision regarding whether or not to seek counseling, are confidential to the full extent provided by law and are not released outside the University Counseling Center without a voluntarily signed consent.
In North Carolina, mental health providers may be required to break confidentiality if there is concern about: 1)the imminent safety of a client or other identified party; 2)if there is reasonable concern about the possibility of abuse of a vulnerable person; and/or 3) if ordered to release information by a judge.
Group counseling is as effective as individual counseling and can be an ideal approach for many issues, including the types of interpersonal concerns that can arise in college. As a result the UCC has recently expanded its group counseling program, offering several groups each semester, each with a unique focus and structure. Groups range from being structured with a combination of didactic and experiential material (e.g., Mindful Awareness Group) to open-ended, with opportunities for facilitated discussion with students with similar experiences (e.g., Graduate Student Group). On average, groups are comprised of 8 members. Please contact the Counseling Center if you are interested in more information or joining a group.
Short-term individual counseling is available at no cost for various personal issues including: adjustment to university life; stress management; interpersonal relationships with friends, family, or peers; anxiety; depression; concerns related to alcohol or other drug use; and disordered eating and body image issues. The UCC provides confidential counseling within a brief therapy model to ensure all students have the opportunity to access our services within a reasonable amount of time. Note: Please review this information if you are coming to the UCC to request an academic accommodation or relief.
As a result of the university conduct or other administrative process, a student may be required to attend a one-session assessment related to either alcohol/other drug misuse or personal safety. An administrator may ask the student to sign a release of confidentiality form related to attendance only, so that the counselor conducting the assessment can confirm that the student attended the session. No clinical information (content of session or specific recommendations) will be required to be shared, though a student may choose to have their counselor convey more detailed information. Students attending an alcohol/other drug misuse assessment as a result of a conduct hearing will be required by the Dean of Students Office to provide documentation of compliance with the recommendations of the assessment.
UCC staff can assist in referring students to off-campus providers when requested. We keep an excellent updated list of mental health providers and specialists in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area. Students seeking referrals to complete an alcohol/other drug misuse assessment can find a comprehensive list here.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call the University Counseling Center: 336.758.5273