Director of Counseling Services
Students will learn:
- to identify individual goals toward positive change through counseling and education.
- identify and utilize support resources and crisis services through counseling and education.
- demonstrate self-advocacy with an understanding of their rights and responsibilities through counseling and education.
The life of a woman in college can be very exciting, rewarding, challenging, fulfilling and stressful. If you find yourself struggling at any point with some issue or circumstance in your life, or if you simply want suggestions on how to balance your life and take better care of yourself, please contact Salem College's Counseling Services office.
We provide high-quality counseling and support for a variety of emotional and personal concerns using on-campus support, individual and group counseling, workshops and educational programs. Our professional counselors demonstrate good judgment and sensitivity in their assessment of your needs and concerns, and will make referrals to other professionals as appropriate. The Counseling Center is a safe, compassionate and confidential environment.
What Can You Expect?
When you meet with a trained counselor in our center, either one-on-one or in a group setting, here is what you can expect from the experience:
- You will do most of the talking.
- Sometimes you may experience painful feelings before feeling better. This does not mean that counseling is not effective, but rather that you are making progress.
- You will need to participate actively and be as open and honest as possible.
- Counselors will help you make decisions for yourself, not for you.
- Tell your counselor if you don't feel like you are making progress.
- You may ask for
another referral or discontinue counseling at any time.
ADD/ADHD MEDICATION POLICY
As part of our commitment to our Salem Academy and College students, their families, and the Salem community at large, the Student Health and Counseling staff have established a policy regarding ADD/ADHD medication that will be effective August 26, 2013. The policy states that Salem Academy and College Health and Counseling Services will not provide prescriptions for medication for students with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.
Students coming to campus with pre-existing diagnosis of ADD/ADHD will have two options:
1. Continue to get their medications from their treatment provider at home. Be sure to notify your home physician a month or so in advance to work out the details of medication management and follow-up while at college.
2. Arrange to see a psychiatrist in the local community for medical management. A list of referrals is available upon request.
Those students who do not have a previous diagnosis, but who suspect they have ADD/ADHD will need to get tested and treated, if appropriate, by a psychologist or psychiatrist in the community. A list of referrals is available upon request.
The Counseling Center staff will continue to offer support to our students who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by teaching them organizational skills, impulse control strategies, mindfulness and focusing skills, etc. Students will also be referred to Academic Support as needed.
Location & Hours
The Salem College Counseling Services office is located in Clewell Hall Basement. During the academic year, the hours are 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and otherwise by appointment.
- Online Information. There is a wealth of information available to you on mySalem, the intranet site. Simply click on "Documents and Forms" under "Services" and then on "Counseling Services Reference."
- Workshops are offered to Salem students throughout the year. Some of these are offered as information sessions in the Refectory during lunch; others are scheduled for about an hour on announced days/evenings. Evening workshops tend to fit particularly well into student schedules. Topics may cover stress management, grief/loss issues, alcohol/drug education, clinical depression, eating and body concerns, date rape, dream interpretations, PMS and/or relationship issues.
Dr. Jack P. LoCicero
Director of counseling services, Dr. LoCicero received his bachelor's degree in psychology from UNC-Greensboro, his master's in counseling from Wake Forest University and his PhD in counseling from Mississippi State University. Before coming to Salem in 2005, he was director of the grief center for the Hospice of Winston-Salem and associate professor at Madonna University, Livonia, MI. He is a member and past president of the Association for Death Education and counseling; the American College Personnel Association; and the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. His areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, grief/loss and relationship issues.