Counseling Services

Student Counseling Program

Quick Reference Guide
Updated: August 17, 2020 at 2:50pm

In addition to facing academic challenges, stressors, and disruptions caused by Covid, there may be struggles that we are facing within our personal lives that can bring added stress, anxiety and fear. How each person reacts during those stressful situations is unique. Experiencing overwhelming feelings of uncertainty, fear, stress, and anxiousness are to be expected. It’s important to take care of yourself and seek the support you need. Please feel free to utilize the services that are provided below. If you need assistance finding support in your local community, please reah out today. We welcome the opportunity to journey with you through life's challenges!  

Disaster Distress Hotline
If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.

You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.

Personal Counseling

Allegany College of Maryland contracts with UPMC Western Maryland (Cumberland) to provide counseling to individual students.  Individual counseling is the primary service.  (Couples and family counseling are also available.)  All services provided by UPMC are completely confidential and provided by qualified, licensed mental health professionals. ACM offers 2 locations for students to see a professional counselor:  on campus and at UPMC Western Maryland Outpatient Services. 

 On-site: UPMC's Counselor, LaDawn Yoder, is on campus when classes are in session Fall/Spring semesters at the Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic (Allied Health #115) weekdays:

Mondays: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Tuesdays: 12:30pm – 7:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Fridays: 8:00am – 1:30pm

Students are urged to make an appointment by calling UPMC - Western Maryland at 240-964-8585. *Walk-ins are accepted if LaDawn is available. 

Crisis Counselors are also available to speak to students over the phone and can be reached at 240-964-1399.

Off site: Multiple counselors are available by appointment in the following situations: (1) students prefer to go off-campus to see or (2) students need counseling on days/times outside the on-site schedule above.  Any eligible student is entitled to receive up to seven* (7) hours of counseling per semester for any mental health issues with which s/he needs assistance. 

*14 sessions per year are paid by ACM. 

    7 during the period July 1-December 31

    7 during the period January 1 – June 30

 The Pennsylvania campus contracts separately with Bedford-Somerset Developmental and Behavioral Health Services (814) 623-5166; for more information, contact Student Services offices in Bedford at (301) 784-6200


Additional On-Site Support:

Students who are in a crisis and need immediate support are encouraged to contact LaDawn in the NMWC, by calling 301-784-5670. If LaDawn is unavailable, students should call the UPMC crisis counselor at 240.964.1399. 

Students who are not in immediate crisis but need emotional support and guidance, such as problem-solving or other treatment referrals, should email Student Support Coordinator, Renee Gibson at She can meet with students when she's on campus or virtually when working remotely. 

Renee Gibson’s office is in CC-152, her phone number is (301) 784-5206, and she can also be reached via email at . She is generally available M-F during business hours. 

(While departments will have limited staff working, Student & Legal Affairs will have someone available, who has been trained in Mental Health First Aid, to meet the urgent needs of faculty, staff, and students.)

Facing struggles and challenges alone can be overwhelming. Sometimes having someone to talk to allows us to “get things off our chest,” which ultimately takes the weight off of our shoulders and provides a comforting sense of relief. For students who are experiencing a challenge or struggle within their life that is not urgent, but would still like someone to communicate with, please feel free to reach out to ACM's Student Support Coordinator, Renee Gibson, at

Family Crisis Resource Center

Allegany College of Maryland has partnered with the Family Crisis Resource Center (Cumberland) to provide easily accessible domestic violence and sexual assault support services to students. FCRC is a non-profit, nongovernmental sexual assault and domestic violence victim services organization. FCRC is available by appointment and in emergencies to help any student [or employee]. All FCRC services are free.

FCRC can be reached by calling (301) 759-9244.

Screening for Mental Health

Allegany College of Maryland has registered with MindWise to offer online screening programs for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, alcohol/drug use disorders, and eating disorders. These free personal assessments can be completed by any student from any Internet connection; if the results indicate treatment or services may be needed, the student will be given appropriate referral information.

Anonymous Online Screenings


Anyone who witnesses a medical or mental health emergency requiring immediate intervention should CALL 911 AND THEN CALL CAMPUS SECURITY @ X.5555. Health and safety are too important to hesitate, and you do not need permission to call 911. (NOTE: ACM does not provide transportation and/or hospitalization costs.)

Maryland Crisis Connect:  1-800-422-0009 / 1-866-411-6803 (or you can dial 211 - select option 1 - for crisis help or resource info.)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741  (Free/confidential)

Doctors on Demand

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest Natl. Network) 1-800-656-4673

Private Referrals - local Providers

A list of local mental health providers (Cumberland campus) is available by contacting the Office of Student & Legal Affairs or the Nurse Managed Wellness Center. Selecting a private provider is the student’s choice; payment is the student’s responsibility.

Info @ Office of Student & Legal Affairs | (301) 784-5206

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