Counseling Services

Student Counseling Program

Allegany College of Maryland offers comprehensive counseling services for its students - free of charge. We know that the academic pressures of being a college student and the challenges students face in their personal lives can interfere with academic success. Allegany College of Maryland is committed to supporting students, faculty, and staff when life sometimes gets in the way.

 


Personal Counseling

Allegany College of Maryland contracts with Western Maryland Health System (Cumberland) to provide counseling to individual students. 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. Counselors are also available for urgent and crisis situations. Couples and family counseling are also available. All services provided by WMHS are completely confidential and provided by qualified, licensed mental health professionals.

* 14 sessions per year are paid by ACM.
7 during the period July 1-December 31
7 during the period January 1 – June 30

WMHS can be reached by calling (240) 964-8585. 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

 


On-Site Support

Students who need immediate mental health support may contact Ms. Renee Gibson (Student Support & Operations Specialist) when they are in crisis or need urgent support. Renee will help them resolve the situation using crisis intervention skills as well as practical problem-solving and referrals to campus services or other supports. If the situation is mental health emergency, the student will be connected with the WMHS crisis counselor for emergency help.

Renee Gibson’s office is in CC-150, and her phone number is (301) 784-5206. She is generally available M-F during business hours.

 


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.

 


Mental Health First Aid

Drs. Renee Conner and June Bracken were certified in March 2014 for the nationally recognized program known as Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid teaches the basic knowledge and skills to respond to an individual in distress. Drs. Conner and Bracken were certified both as mental health “first aiders” and as instructors to teach the program. They have trained 28 ACM employees to be certified as mental health “first aiders” - providing employees with valuable skills to manage distressed students and to know what to do if a student is in crisis. College employees who have completed the training receive a koala sticker to place on their doors or desks so they can be identified. Look for the Koala!!

 


Screening for Mental Health

Allegany College of Maryland has registered with College Response 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

 


Emergencies

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 Hotline:  1-800-422-0009

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

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

Doctors on Demand https://www.doctorondemand.com/

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.

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