The Student Counseling Center strongly condemns white supremacy, racism and expressions of discrimination in all forms. As racially motivated violence and terrorism continue across our country we grieve with the MICA community. We acknowledge that the burden is far greater for our BIPOC students and we stand in solidarity with all members of our community who experience marginalization and threats based on any aspect of their identity.
We also acknowledge the work that must be done to examine ourselves as clinicians and the systems we have in place to ensure that our work is not rooted in white supremacist ideologies of mental health. In addition, COVID-19 remains a co-occurring trauma that disproportionately affects marginalized communities. If you are struggling, feeling isolated or overwhelmed, or simply want to be heard in relation to these or similar concerns, please reach out to SCC for a consultation.
Spring 2021 : STUDENT COUNSELING IS OPEN!
We are conducting all sessions virtually and working remotely.
LIFE HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS. THE STUDENT COUNSELING CENTER (SCC) IS HERE TO HELP YOU SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE COLLEGE LIFE. WE WANT YOU TO HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE LEARNING AND GROWING EXPERIENCE AT MICA, AND WE'RE HERE TO HELP.
- Individual Counseling - sessions are virtual and available to students in Maryland only due to licensing restrictions.
- Case Management services - SCC staff can meet with any MICA student, regardless of location, to assist in finding mental health services.
- Drop in/Crisis sessions - any student can access one time drop in/crisis counseling sessions
- Group support - SCC is offering various groups and one time events. We will post these on the app and events page on MICA’s website.
- SCC is posting information on mental health and wellness on Instagram at @mica_studentcounseling
- Please see our Wellbeing Tools and Resources page for information on a variety of wellness and mental health issues
In an emergency:
- If you are experiencing significant emotional distress and need to speak with someone right away, please contact Campus Safety at 443-423-3333 and ask to speak with the Counselor on Call.
- If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact Campus Safety at 443-423-3333 or call 911.
- See ‘Get help now’ section for crisis helpline numbers as well.
How to access services:
- Email us at email@example.com
- Phone at 410-225-2367 (due to remote work, this number is not being answered, please leave message and know you’ll be called back from a private or blocked number)
- Please include your name, phone number and MICA ID
Upsetting events, normal developmental challenges, difficulty adjusting to the demands of art college, emotional crises and mental health problems are some of the reasons students may come to the Student Counseling Center.
What can I expect?
- The Student Counseling Center (SCC) staff are licensed, experienced clinicians.
- SCC staff will meet with students to assess the problem, work with students to develop goals, and offer a thoughtful strategy to achieve these goals.
- Session frequency will be determined on an individual basis; often they are every other week.
- If it is determined that the student’s needs are outside the scope of practice of the SCC, staff will provide referrals for services off-campus.
- Office hours are not available during holidays or when SCC is closed.
- MICA counseling services are available to any student enrolled in a full-time undergraduate, graduate or post-bac program
- All Student Counseling services are free and confidential. The only exception to confidentiality are the mandatory reporting guidelines (that include imminent threat of harm to self/others, reportable child and/or vulnerable adult abuse) in which case the therapist may have to share student information in order to keep the student and others safe.
How and When to Refer a Student to Counseling:
Many times a friend or family member may notice signs of concern in a student. Here are some signs you may see that indicate counseling might be helpful:
- drinking too much or taking drugs (illegal/or abusing prescribed drugs)
- eating or sleeping differently
- feeling helpless or hopeless
- having dramatic mood swings
- so anxious, afraid or depressed that everyday activities & relationships have been affected
- performing poorly at work or school
- physically, sexually or emotionally abused
- thinking about suicide or using self-harming behaviors to calm down
If you are concerned, you can talk to the student (privately), inquire about what is going on, listen to the student and share available resources, including the SCC.