Who Is Eligible
Degree-seeking students currently enrolled at the University of Notre Dame are eligible for counseling services. Given the counseling center’s brief model of treatment, this assessment session would determine which additional counseling services are needed and whether UCC or another resource on or off-campus is most appropriate.
Whether you are faculty, staff, student, friend, or relative, if you are concerned about a Notre Dame student who is in crisis, you may call to consult with a UCC staff counselor who is on-call to discuss how you may refer the student to seek services at UCC. Our staff can also consult with you regarding ways to deal with behavioral or emotional problems experienced by students on campus. Call (574) 631-7336 during regular office hours (9:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday). You may call after hours if the student’s crisis is serious and urgent. Notre Dame faculty, staff, and student groups are also eligible to call UCC to request other types of consultation, such as educational, program, or organizational consultation services.
Notre Dame faculty, staff, and student groups are eligible to call UCC to request one or more of our staff to present a workshop or program to your class, group, or organization.
Community Mental Health Resources
If you are not a degree-seeking student currently enrolled at Notre Dame, the community mental health center is Oaklawn Center – (574) 283-1234, 403 E. Madison St., South Bend, IN 46617. Notre Dame faculty and staff who would like to seek a no-cost confidential evaluation and referrals for counseling, mental health, legal or other services can contact the EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM administered through the Human Resources Department. The employee may contact an EAP professional at 574-287-1879.
If you are interested in receiving marital or couples counseling, you may contact the Marital Therapy and Research Clinic, which is located on Douglas Road just north of campus. The Marital Therapy and Research Clinic is a non-profit research, training, and service organization affiliated with the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology. Established as both a research center for the study of marital relations and a training site for graduate-level marriage counselors, the Clinic also provides quality, research-supported psychological services to couples in South Bend and the surrounding community.
The staff members of the University Counseling Center are not empowered to provide services via telephone, SKYPE or any other form of electronic media when a Notre Dame student is studying abroad or living away from the university on scheduled school breaks, or when the student takes a leave of absence or a withdrawal. If a crisis occurs with a Notre Dame student outside the local community and the counseling center is consulted, our role will be to assist the student to seek services in their immediate location.
UCC does not provide individual counseling for students who are currently receiving those same services elsewhere. If a student is receiving therapy via an electronic mean (e.g. phone, SKYPE, e-mail, etc.) from a home provider, we will provide crisis services if needed.
Effective March 2013: UCC staff members do not accept friend or contact requests on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) from current or former clients with whom they have had a therapeutic relationships. Adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise confidentiality and privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of therapeutic relationships.