Ferrum College students have access to a professional counselor located on campus in Bassett Hall. Designed for short-term, problem-solving situations, the main objective of counseling is to help students achieve academic and personal goals as well as to provide support during stressful times.
Students should call the Student Counseling Office directly 540-365-4219 during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., to schedule an appointment. If the counselor is meeting with another student and not able to answer the phone, the student may either leave a message or call the Dean of Students office 540-365-4461. Education sessions and peer groups will be conducted on campus by the counselor and will be free of charge to Ferrum College students. If a student is in need of long-term therapy, the counselor may make a referral to an outside therapist for in-depth, therapeutic counseling. As an alternative, the counselor may continue working with a student beyond the eight free sessions at a cost to the student of $20 per session. Additional costs will be billed to the student’s account in a way that protects their confidentiality. Students are assured that all counseling services are confidential between the student and counselor unless the counselor believes there is a substantial likelihood that the student will, in the near future, cause serious harm to himself or others. In situations where a student is believed to be in danger, the counselor shall follow Ferrum College’s established protocols, which includes notifying College officials if appropriate. Based on the recommendation of the counselor and College officials, the student may be required to:
- undergo evaluation by a mental health counselor in the emergency room at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital,
- inform his/her parents of the situation and make necessary transportation arrangements,
- be actively involved in counseling on a regular basis with a counselor if he/she is allowed to remain enrolled,
- be informed of policies regarding withdrawal from the College.