About the CCC 

 

Mission

The mission of the Center for Counseling and Consultation (CCC) is to foster learning, growth, wellness, and success in the Universities at Shady Grove community through a three-fold approach:

  1. The Center’s primary mission is to assist all registered students taking classes at USG with their personal, social, developmental, vocational, and educational needs.  To accomplish this mission, the CCC provides a comprehensive set of counseling services, including intake and emergency services, personal psychological counseling, career/major counseling, couples/family counseling, group therapy, and psychoeducational workshops.

  2. The Center’s mission also involves helping USG faculty and staff.  Through individual and group consultations, meetings, and workshops, the Center helps support and educate those working with students at USG.

  3. In addition, the Center aims to enhance the quality of life in the USG community.  Along with its involvement with the campus’ Culture of Care Network and Behavioral Assessment Team, the Center provides crisis management services when traumatic events occur.  The CCC also works to improve the mental health of the community through offering online gatekeeper training to all students, faculty, and staff to assist them in helping students experiencing difficulties, and by  providing and supporting various psychoeducational programs and events.

 

Location

The Center is located in the Priddy Library on the first floor of the Camille Kendall Academic Center (Building III, Room 1134). The Library is opposite the main door near the South end of Building III, furthest from the parking garage.  You can use this map to help you find the entrance to the Center once in the Library.

 

Making an Appointment

Students interested in utilizing the free, confidential counseling services provide by the CCC should first make an appointment for an initial Intake session.  The Intake session allows the client and counselor to discuss the issues and formulate a plan of action going forward.  To set up an Intake appointment, call the Center's main number at 301-738-6273, or stop by the Center's reception desk, located in Building III, Room 1134, inside the Priddy Library.  The CCC also is available for emergency services during all regular business hours.  Walk-in services are available to the extent that counselors are not in session, or about to meet with another client. 

 

 

Confidentiality

Perhaps the most important principle of counseling is that of confidentiality.  A client needs to feel that they can speak freely, without anyone else knowing what they said, in order for the therapeutic work to be effective.  The Center is vigilant when it comes to ensuring that what is said in the counseling session remains confidential, both in maintaining secure records (electronic and paper) and by not releasing information to anyone, even that the client has been seen, unless it is at the direction of the client.

There are, however, some circumstances where, as required by law, confidentiality must be breached by the counselor. These circumstances include:

  • when the client expresses an intention to imminently harm themselves and/or others
  • reasonable suspicion of the abuse or neglect of a child (or vulnerable adult)
  • court order

If the Center is legally bound to release information, the counselor will explain the situation during the session.  Counseling records are not part of a student's University records and will not be released under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).