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Counseling Center 


The Shaw University Counseling Center’s focus is to provide comprehensive and effective support services for our students. Our staff provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, substance abuse prevention and intervention, healthy choices, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, conflict resolution and anger management. We endeavor to provide services that are nonjudgmental and confidential, and hope that all students feel safe and open in sharing their concerns.

The staff meet the students where they are and create an individualized plan that is tailored to the needs of the student. For many students, this approach enables them to move forward and successfully handle the challenges they come upon.

Individual Counseling 

Confidential counseling is provided for students who have personal concerns, difficulties adjusting to the college and other stressors with daily living. Individual counseling is short-term in nature. Services are available if long-term treatment is necessary.

Support Groups 

Support groups are available on a continual and as-needed basis. Students can request for specific support groups to be implemented.

Services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Individual, short-term counseling
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Psychological consultation
  • Resources and referral services
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Disability Services

Students who come in for counseling may be concerned with the following: 

  • How to manage stress
  • How to cope with mood disorders
  • Enhancing self-esteem
  • Managing depression and anxiety
  • Surviving loss and grief
  • How to maintain a healthy relationship?
  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Understanding sexual orientation and identity
  • Anger Management
  • If you need to talk to someone, call the main number (919) 546-8525 to schedule an appointment.


Counselors are available to host faculty workshops in classrooms and residential halls. Some outreach activities include suicide prevention and drug and alcohol awareness and prevention. Please contact any staff member for additional information.

Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance abuse counseling will be provided in an assertive and positive effort to empower the administration, faculty, staff and students to maintain an addiction free campus. The addiction professional will conduct workshops and provide both individual and group sessions. The Shaw University has a Zero tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol.

Students receive optimal care, treatment, and education relevant to drug and alcohol prevention. Peer educators have been established to make recommendations, and provide practical strategies for greater communications among the entire campus. Any student who violates our drug policy will be referred to our Judicial Affairs division.

Hospitalization and Discharge 

When either the Health or Counseling Center is made aware of a student who is prescribed a psychiatric medication an official notification form must be completed. The official notification will contain student background information on medication and recommendations from prior physicians.

  1. Notification form must be forwarded to either the Health Center (physical) or Counseling Center (psychiatric).
  2. After being out on medical or psychiatric leave or being discharged from the hospital, students must report to the Counseling Center and Student Health Center with Discharge instructions for follow up and meet with the University Physician prior to returning to Shaw University. Students will not be allowed to report to any classes without a clearance slip from the University Physician.
  3. Complete the notice of Discharge Follow-up form
  4. Complete the Authorization to Release form