We strive to serve as many students as possible with confidential and short-term clinical services. Our vibrant group program offers both structured/skill-building groups and unstructured interpersonal groups, open to all students each semester. We also offer individual counseling in a brief therapy model. These services are ideal for issues that have arisen recently and are expected to resolve quickly. If you have a history of struggling with psychological issues and may have had ongoing treatment in the past, our dedicated referral coordinator can help you make a connection to an off-campus provider who can offer more unlimited services.
If you perceive an immediate danger or risk of suicide, call 911 for immediate assistance.
CCSD has daily emergency walk-in availability during business hours. Students can also reach mental health support 24 hours a day on the UD Helpline or the Crisis Text Line.
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Your First Appointment
In response to feedback, we will continue our new procedures for first appointments this semester. If you are interested in our individual or group services or this is an emergency, please walk into CCSD on the second floor of Perkins Student Center, above West Lounge. Students will be served in the order in which they come in, although emergencies will be given some preference. Please be prepared to fill out paperwork (which will take about 30 minutes) and then wait for the first available clinician. Most appointments will last about 30 minutes once your wait is over. We recommend that you come when you have at least 90 minutes open.
Please know that we see a high volume of students in the fall, so there may be a wait to be seen. If you cannot wait on any particular day, be sure let the front desk know. Our afternoons are often our busiest times. We appreciate your patience as we try to serve you as quickly as we are able.
Single-session therapy is designed to be an intentional choice for students who are seeking help with a discrete issue that could be addressed in the course of a 50 minute hour. An example might be a one-time meeting about a recent poor grade or an interpersonal argument. This is not for students who may be in crisis or who are struggling with more chronic issues. Single sessions may be repeated twice during an academic year. This service can be requested during your first phone call to CCSD. You do not need a triage meeting prior to the service.
Group Therapy, Workshops and Discussions
Group therapy begins with an initial triage meeting to identify your presenting concern and possible next steps. This service affords opportunities for learning, healing, and growth. Each group consists of 5-10 student members led by 1-2 skilled group therapists. In a supportive, confidential environment, students can give and hear multiple perspectives, receive and provide support, encourage and help one another, and experiment with new ideas and behaviors.
Group therapy is as effective, or sometimes more helpful, than individual therapy for many concerns. Psychoeducational groups and workshops are similar to classes. Students learn new skills and ideas to manage stress, emotions, and relationships. Interpersonal groups focus on gaining self-awareness and understanding as well as improving and deepening relationships with others and themselves.
We believe strongly in group therapy. We also appreciate that thinking about joining a new group can be scary and intimidating. Most students who are initially hesitant describe positive and rewarding experiences after joining.
Please scroll through our offerings below. You may click on any of the flyers below to download a printable .PDF file
First in the Family
Healing Via Connections (multiple listings)
Let's Get Real
You've Got This
Individual therapy begins with an initial triage meeting to identify your presenting concern and possible next steps. This short-term therapy is best suited to issues that can be addressed over a limited number of sessions in a solution-focused manner. Our goal is to help students succeed in college by facilitating adjustment to college, and by supporting growth in your ability to manage emotions and anxiety, improve relationships and foster resilience. This service requires your commitment to recognize and engage with the ways in which you may play a part in your own distress. If you are not ready to do this work, other options may be available through our groups and workshops, services from our campus partners, and online or off-campus resources.
Referral services begin with an initial triage meeting to identify your presenting concern and possible next steps. Our goal is to provide each student with continuity of care and an unbroken path of support, within a short-term model. A student may be referred off-campus if, in the clinician’s judgment, your counseling requirements fall beyond the scope of our services. Our full-time Referral Coordinator is available to work with students and, if they choose, their families to find a local resource that will better serve their needs. Learn more about our referral services.
We have a longstanding commitment to helping you explore your interests, abilities and values in the service of making more informed decisions about your academic and career choices. A combination of counseling sessions, exploratory inventories (e.g. Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and online resources are used. In our meetings, we often encourage students to examine what they already know about themselves and the world of work, while also giving them tools for expanding this knowledge. We may also refer you to the Career Services Center, another unit within Student Life, for later stages of career development (i.e. connecting with internships, preparing for interviews, improving resumes, learning job search skills).
Culturally Responsive Services
Student of Color Drop-In Hours (Fall)
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Mondays, 10-11 a.m.& 2-3 p.m.
Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m.
Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.& 1-2 p.m.
Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m.
Fridays, 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m.
Initial appointments with the psychiatric staff are by referral from CCSD staff members only. Students who are in treatment with our psychiatrists are expected to attend regularly scheduled appointments to continue receiving medication. Our psychiatrists work closely with our therapists and are trained to assess the psychological, biological and medical concerns of students suffering from a variety of conditions including Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Attention/Learning Disorders. Many of these concerns are known to have biological components.
Our psychiatrists can help determine whether treatment with medications might be a useful adjunct to psychotherapy. If appropriate, they can prescribe and monitor the use of psychotropic medications for those students currently receiving psychological services through CCSD. They are strongly committed to the belief that medication should be only one part of the treatment of mental health concerns and will therefore not typically prescribe for students who are not in psychotherapeutic treatment at our Center. Those seeking medication management alone may be better served by off campus prescribers.
There is no additional fee for psychiatric service provided through the CCSD beyond the Student Health Fee. However, students will be responsible for paying for any prescribed medications and/or laboratory tests ordered. Learn more about our psychiatric services.
Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention
UD Helpline 24/7/365 (Available 24 hours a day)
UD Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any UD student feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or otherwise in need of someone to talk to. Callers to 302-831-1001 can press 1 to request a call back within 10 minutes from a Sexual Offense Support (SOS) advocate, or press 2 to connect with a mental health professional immediately.
UD Police and LiveSafe App (Available 24 hours a day)
If you or a friend are in immediate danger on or near campus, call 911 to connect with University of Delaware Police. You can also use the LiveSafe app on an Apple or Android smartphone to report an emergency or request assistance.
Crisis Text Line (Available 24 hours a day)
New in fall 2018, students can text “UDTEXT”, or “STEVE” for students of color, to the phone number 741741 to connect with confidential text message support.
CCSD Walk-In Assistance
CCSD is the primary office responsible for responding to mental health crises on campus. We have daily walk-in emergency availability during general business hours and recommend coming in during our walk-in hours (Mon/Fri: 8:00am -11:00am and 12:30pm – 3:00pm, and Tues/Wed/Thurs: 9:30am – 11:00am and 12:30pm – 3:00pm) at 261 Perkins Student Center.