The University Counseling Service (UCS) fosters the student's healthy development of autonomy and well-being. The following information provides details about some of our procedures and policies:
1. Eligibility for Services
The University Counseling Services are available to all currently enrolled Howard University students at no cost. Spouses may be included in sessions with the enrolled student, if appropriate. We only offer short term counseling, but if you want or need long term or ongoing treatment you will be referred to providers in the community who have experience working with college students. We can also help you determine whether individual counseling or group counseling will be the most beneficial way to address your concerns.
2. Counseling Services
The Howard University Counseling Service offers a range of professional services for students wanting help with psychological issues, personal concerns, interpersonal issues, and crises. Students are initially seen by an intake counselor. Services are offered in the form of individual and/or group sessions, depending on the students need. Referral to on-campus and/or off-campus support sources may be decided if clinical needs are beyond what we can provide.
No information, written or oral, will be released to other persons without the students written permission. All interviews and counseling sessions are CONFIDENTIAL. Information provided to our staff will not be included in academic records.
The exceptions to this practice are:
When a counselor believes you present an imminent danger to yourself or others.
When the life or safety of a readily identifiable third person is endangered.
When a counselor believes that a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
When disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings.
Howard University Counseling Service is subject to the legal requirements of confidentiality and ethical codes of the American Psychological and/or American Psychiatric Associations.
4. First Meeting
Once you come in, you will be asked to complete a brief intake form and meet with an intake counselor . This information will help us better understand your situation and plan service. Then, we will schedule an appointment based on schedules.