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Counseling Connections

Dear Incoming Students and Parents,

JMU's Counseling Center has a "New Student Support Program" to assist students with previous or existing mental health concerns successfully adjust to their new college environment. The Program offers incoming students and their parents the opportunity for a 30-minute consultation with a Counseling Center staff member. During this consultation, the counselor will review your individual situation with you and help you to determine how your counseling and/or medication needs might be met at JMU or in the Harrisonburg community. Possible recommendations include but are not limited to:
  • Suggesting an intake appointment to become a client of the Counseling Center. If not already provided, the counselor may suggest that the student request that his/her previous treatment provider(s) send a treatment summary to the Counseling Center.
  • Making a referral to a local community agency or private practitioner. Given the Counseling Center's short-term focus our services are not sufficient to meet the needs of some students, and a local referral may be in a student's best interests.
  • Suggesting that you continue receiving services from your current treatment providers. To help ensure future well-being and success, students should continue with their prescribed therapeutic regimens, whether it be counseling, medication, or both. In particular, students should make arrangements to maintain the necessary supply of their medication while away at school.

A link to the online application form for the New Student Support Program is provided at the bottom of this page. This form gives students and parents the opportunity (1) to briefly describe themselves and their physical/mental health history and (2) to indicate whether they would like a consultation with a Counseling Center staff member or would simply like the information they have provided to be kept by the Counseling Center for future reference. Completing and submitting this form does not establish the student as a client of the Counseling Center but merely indicates the desire for further contact.

In conclusion, we are here to support your efforts towards a successful first semester and future career at James Madison University. Please accept our invitation to take advantage of the New Student Support Program and all of the other services and programs offered by the Counseling Center.

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