January 30, 2017
The University of Maryland Counseling Center staff is committed to helping campus community members who are struggling with difficult feelings related to President Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking entry into the United States for migrants and legal U.S. residents from seven mostly Muslim countries and also for refugees from around the world. Feelings of anger, confusion, despair, hopelessness, and fear are normal reactions to these extraordinary events. Day-to-day functioning may be temporarily impaired, and you may experience anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, or sleep difficulties. Please consider the following strategies for coping and maintaining a sense of well-being.
Counselors at the Counseling Center in Shoemaker Building are available to students who are seeking a safe and confidential space to express themselves, feel understood, and identify ways to stay emotionally grounded during confusing and frightening times. Please be aware that the Counseling Center adheres to confidentiality rules established by the State of Maryland and the American Psychological Association. Without your written permission, confirmation of appointments and the content of discussions with counselors--including visa and resident status--cannot be disclosed to anyone outside of the Counseling Center’s professional staff. Please refer to our full confidentiality statement on the Counseling Service page.
In addition to scheduled consultation appointments, drop-in consultation is available daily from 3 to 4 p.m. Also, discussion groups facilitated by Counseling Center counselors are available to departments and groups by calling the Counseling Center in Shoemaker Building at (301) 314-7651 or by completing an Outreach and Consultation Request.
The Counseling Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours crisis support is available by calling (301) 314-7651.