The primary function of the Counselling Centre is to help students develop their personal capabilities.
Through individualized personal counselling, outpatient psychiatric services and a wide range of group counselling, professional staff and faculty at the Centre, with the assistance of supervised doctoral residents and practicum students from the various training programs on campus, help students to develop their own unique resources.
The Counselling Centre helps students develop their study strategies through academic support programming. The Centre offers support for study problems in which students learn to apply strategies for managing university level academic work more effectively. Following an intake session, students are provided with access to an online D2L course called, "Academic Skills Portfolio," that facilitates the acquisition and practice of helpful skills. In addition, students can register for the three credit-hour course (UCC2020: Applied Cognitive and Affective Learning Strategies) designed to enhance the learning skills of undergraduate students. UCC2020 registration is completed through the Memorial course registration system.
As an integral part of the academic community, Counselling Centre faculty are also involved in applied research, teaching, 2013-2014 psychology doctoral residency training programme, outreach, service to the profession of psychology, and consultation to the community at large. The Centre is the testing site for many advanced degree admission testing.
Appointments can be made in person or by telephone, 864-8874. Appointments can not be made via email.
Students in Crisis
A crisis counsellor is available for students who feel they need to be seen immediately Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Students are seen on a first come, first serve basis.
Students in residence, and in crisis after hours, may talk to their Residence RA or Proctor. Students not in residence, and in crisis after hours, may go to a local emergency room for assistance.
Students with urgent mental health concerns may access community-based mental health services when the University Counselling Centre is closed.
The following services are available in St. John’s:
24-hour mental health crisis line: 737-4668 (local) or 1-888-737-4668 (province-wide).
Mobile Crisis Response Team: 1-888-737-4668 St. John’s Region.
Psychiatric Assessment Unit: 777-3021 or 777-3022 24 hour Walk-in Crisis Service at the Waterford Hospital Site on Waterford Bridge Rd.
Health Sciences Emergency Department on Columbus Drive in St. John’s 777-6335.
Counselling Centre hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
University Counselling Centre
5th Floor University Centre, UC-5000
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Peter Cornish, PhD
Associate Professor and Director
Tel: (709) 864-8874
Fax: (709) 864-3011