The mission of the Counseling Center is to serve as a resource for faculty, staff and especially students as they complete their studies at Winston-Salem State University. In doing so we offer services that will enhance student self-awareness and responsibility while enabling the retention efforts of the university. These services include and are not limited to counseling and therapy that addresses serious psychological problems, issues related to relationships, family functioning, emergencies and crisis situations, adjustment issues, decision making, academics, anxiety, and depression. The Counseling Center staff affirms and supports policies regarding affirmative action, grievance procedures and sexual harassment.
As an essential aspect of our efforts to provide an environment where students are free to seek help, the center maintains the strictest standards of privacy and confidentiality. In adherence with ethical standards of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Work, counseling records are kept separate from all academic, administrative, disciplinary and medical records. No information about a student's contact with the center is released without the knowledge and written consent of the student, except in legally approved cases.
All information disclosed within sessions is confidential and may not be revealed to anyone outside the Winston-Salem State University Counseling Center without the written permission of the client except where reporting is required by law. Disclosure of information is required in circumstances where there is reasonable suspicion of abuse of children or elderly persons; where the client is likely to harm herself or himself unless protective measures are taken; or where the client presents a clear and serious danger of violence to another person. In some instances, disclosure of relevant information may be required by court order during a legal proceeding in which the client becomes involved.
Counseling Center Diversity Statement
The Counseling Center staff members acknowledge that all people are cultural beings and that prejudice and discrimination hurt people and communities. As such CC staff members do not discriminate against clients on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, age, or citizenship.
The Counseling Center staff is available for consults on any psychological matter. Any staff or faculty member may call for an appointment or visit our facility in the A.H. Ray building. We can be reached at (336) 750-3270.
Students can petition for withdrawal without academic penalty for compelling psychological reasons. Students seeking a psychological withdrawal must contact the University (UCALL) and the Center will assist in providing support letters for students wishing to do so. Counseling Students who have not received prior services from the Winston-Salem State University Counseling Center will need to provide supporting documentation from a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed mental health professional or a general medical physician. Students must be aware that they may need to provide written documentation of their psychological stability before they can return to campus and resume their studies.