Brief Assessment (Triage)
- A brief assessment involves a 15-20 minute meeting with the first available counselor with the goal of assessing your needs and helping you to access the right services.
- To be seen for a brief assessment, you do not need an appointment and you may simply walk in and ask to speak with the next available counselor.
- You will first be asked to complete a brief form on an iPad to identify what kind of services you are seeking by selecting from the following choices:
- I am in crisis and I need to speak with a counselor today.
- I’m not in crisis, but I would like to speak with a counselor for a brief assessment (triage) to explore options for treatment.
- I would like to briefly discuss strategies to help manage a personal problem that I am having.
- I’d like to make an appointment with a counselor to begin individual or group counseling.
- I’d like to learn more about a mental health issue (that I am or someone else is having).
- I’d like referrals for off-campus providers.
- I was referred by a Student Health Center doctor at a medical appointment.
- You may be asked to take a seat in the waiting area or to return for your appointment at a scheduled time within the next 24 hours.
- The counselor will greet you and take you to an office to discuss your needs and make recommendations for the next step in your care. Recommendations can include, but are not limited to, referral to intake system for on-campus individual counseling, group counseling, psychiatric consultation and/or off-campus referrals.
- Your counselor will also be able to answer your questions about the counseling process and/or Counseling Center services.
- This appointment doesn’t replace the possible need for a full intake/initial appointment.
- If you are referred to the intake system for individual counseling at the UMCC, you may or may not be matched with the same counselor you met with for the brief assessment.
- To accommodate your request to be seen for an immediate brief assessment, it may be necessary for you to re-arrange your schedule or to miss a class.
FAQ's on Counseling
- The Counseling Center offers limited short-term individual and couples counseling.
- Sessions are usually held every 2-3 weeks.
- Sessions usually last 45 – 50 minutes.
- Counseling sessions can address a variety of topics, such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, time management problems, stress management, identity formation concerns, adjustment issues, and many others.
- If you are seeking couples counseling, both parties must be currently enrolled University of Miami students.
- There is no charge for counseling for currently enrolled students who have paid the Health and Counseling Center fee.
- If you need or prefer longer-term or more frequent counseling, then an off-campus counselor would probably be a better fit for you.
- The Counseling Center does not offer long-term, intensive treatment generally required for substance abuse, eating disorders, or severe emotional difficulties. If you question whether off-campus counseling is right for you, you may give us a call for an evaluation of your needs.
Groups are the treatment of choice for many issues and are the only long-term treatment option offered at the Counseling Center. Talking with other students who have had similar experiences provides support and perspective.
The following groups are currently offered at the Counseling Center:
- A variety of groups are usually available throughout the semester. Check calendar for up to date group times and information.
- You can talk with your counselor or call the Counseling Center and ask to speak with the group facilitator, who is named in the group listing, to learn more about a group.
- For further information on groups you may want to read Orientation To Being In Group Counseling.
- General Process Group – Understanding Self and Other
- Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, or Questioning Therapy Group
- Drop-in Mindfulness Meditation Group
- Graduate Student Support Group
- Sisters in Sharing
- Women's Process Group
- International Student Support Group
FAQ's on Psychiatry
- Psychiatry appointments are usually scheduled within 1 week but the wait may be longer during certain times in the semester.
- The initial evaluation will last 50 minutes and will focus on background history and presenting concerns.
- Follow-up appointments last 30 minutes.
- Frequency of appointments will be determined in conjunction with your psychiatrist.
- The Counseling Center psychiatrists do not prescribe controlled substance, such as stimulants for ADHD (e.g., Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta).
- Psychiatric visits are billed to your UM Student Health insurance. If you do not have the UM Student Health Insurance, the fees are $125 for the initial evaluation and $100 for follow-up visits.
- Fees must be paid by cash, check, or credit card at the time of the appointment and cannot be billed to your CaneLink account.
Outreach and Consultation
- The University of Miami Student Counseling Center offers a variety of outreach services to the university community with the goal of creating and maintaining a healthy, psychologically-minded student population.
- Programming is geared towards primary prevention of mental illness, enhancement of academic success, and personal and social empowerment through awareness and knowledge.
- The UMCC also works to integrate multicultural and developmental perspectives into our programming to be more inclusive and relevant to all students.
- We collaborate with other staff and programs within the broader campus community as well as with other departments to enhance the general campus climate.
- We meet students out in the community in a variety of contexts with the goal of creating a supportive presence that is well-integrated at all levels of the student experience.
- This includes reaching out to students through consultations, workshops, events, informational tablings and other psycho-educational forms.
How to Request an Outreach Program or Presentation:
- Outreach Request Form are available to students, faculty and staff with sufficient notice (at least two weeks).
- Requests are fulfilled by UMCC Clinical Staff, Trainees and/or Undergraduate Student Peer Educators (COPE).
Various workshop topics covered in the past include:
- stress management
- navigating relationship conflicts
- consent and sexual assault awareness training
- suicide prevention/awareness
- alcohol use awareness campaigns
- college adjustment
- anxiety coping skills (public speaking, social, etc…)
- body image concerns
- self esteem
- mindfulness meditation
Liaison Consultation Services
- We provide mental health consultation services to academic and other student service units across campus.
- We maintain close connections with various departments including:
- If you would like to access liaison services for consultation or collaboration, please call the University of Miami Counseling Center and ask to speak with our Outreach Coordinator.
- Psychological testing can help enhance your understanding of your personality and cognitive functioning and often works well as an adjunct to counseling.
- We are not able to provide diagnostic testing for the purposes of determining disability or recommending accommodations. Please contact the ARC for diagnostic psycho-educational assessments. We are also not able to do evaluations for legal matters or court cases.
- Testing services are free of charge for enrolled University of Miami students.
- Testing appointments are usually scheduled for 2 hours at a time. The entire process usually takes 6-8 hours depending on the questions you are looking to address. The process begins with a thorough interview to determine your needs. Examiners use questionnaires, puzzles, storytelling, problem-solving, and/or writing to help answer your questions.
- After all testing sessions are complete, you can expect to discuss the results and receive feedback from your examiner in 4-6 weeks.
- If you are interested in psychological testing, you may discuss it with your Counseling Center counselor.
Clinical Care Coordination
- The Clinical Care Coordinator can assess the needs of students who could benefit from coordination and continuity of care.
- The Clinical Care Coordinator can work with students to identify the best options for treatment.
- Referrals and resources both on and off campus may be recommended.
- These services are accessed on a voluntary basis.
- We are unable to provide mandated (e.g., court-ordered, disciplinary) care coordination services.
Mental Health Screening Program
This free and anonymous mental health screening program is provided to all current students of the University of Miami. If you have concerns about your mental health, you can find out – in a few minutes and in your own privacy – whether or not professional consultation would be helpful. To complete these brief online assessments, click here to access our online mental health screening program.