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General Information (2015/2016)
9.3 Counselling Centre

The primary function of the Counselling Centre is to help university students develop their personal capabilities. Through individualized personal counselling and a wide range of programs, students are encouraged and helped to develop their own unique resources and thereby promote personal growth and intellectual development. The Centre also serves as a training centre for advanced students in a number of helping professions.

9.3.1 Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy is currently comprised of chaplains representing the Anglican, Muslim, Pentecostal, and Salvation Army denominations. The Chaplaincy attempts to provide resources, guidance and support for members of the university community. The Chaplaincy also seeks to bring a faith dimension to contemporary issues such as peace, justice, technology and science. The chaplains offer individual pastoral counselling as well as joint programs including weekly workshops, discussion groups, social activities and worship opportunities. Schedules of events are available from the chaplains or through the website at The Chaplaincy is located at UC 5001B.

9.3.2 Glenn Roy Blundon Centre for Students with Disabilities

The Glenn Roy Blundon Centre co-ordinates services for students with disabilities and those with short-term illnesses and injuries attending Memorial University of Newfoundland’s St. John’s Campus. Services and accommodations include: assistance arranging academic accommodations for tests and exams (medical or psycho-educational documentation is required), access to assistive technology, orientation of new students, note-taking assistance, card access to wheelchair elevators and lifts on campus, in-servicing of faculty and staff regarding disability issues and accommodations, and a liaising network among students, faculty, staff, and community groups.

In keeping with the University's commitment to ensuring an environment of understanding, respect and inclusion, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy establishes principles, guidelines and responsibilities respecting access to University services, facilities and housing for students with disabilities in accordance with the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Act, 2010. This Policy is available at the University Policies and Procedures website under University Policies, Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.

For further information, contact the Centre by visiting the University Centre, room UC4007, or by telephone to (709) 864-2156 (Voice), (709) 864-4763 (TTY), or by e-mail to, or through the website at

For information about the services available at Grenfell Campus, contact the Student Services Learning Centre in person to AS235, or by telephone to (709) 637-6268, or by e-mail to, or through the website at

For information about the services available at the Fisheries and Marine Institute Campus, contact Student Affairs in person to W3025, or by telephone to (709) 757-0702, or through the website at

9.3.3 Individual and Group Counselling for Other Personal Concerns

In addition to individualized personal counselling, the Centre offers specialized group and/or training programs. For many students the fear of testing, fear of asserting one's self and continued mental and physical stress can lead to poor academic performance or personal problems. These, and other such difficulties, can be dealt with on either an individual or group basis, depending upon the student's needs. The Counselling Centre routinely offers a variety of groups: Assertiveness Training, Developing Healthy Relationships, Mood Management, Test Anxiety, and others on demand.

9.3.4 Learning Enhancement Programs

Through a "Drop-in Study Skills Clinic," students may actively enhance their learning capabilities and personal development. These drop-in sessions provide an opportunity to discuss a variety of concerns with a psychologist and develop helpful strategies to meet multiple academic needs. In the past, students have worked on reading and study skills, time management, oral presentations, organizing knowledge for writing term papers and essays, and test anxiety. Following initial contact, students may be registered in an online "Academic Skills Portfolio" in D2L for further work and follow-up. Learning enhancement programming trains students to employ a number of organizational techniques to comprehend and recall important concepts.

9.3.5 Psycho-Educational Testing

A psycho-educational assessment program is offered on a fee-for-service basis for students seeking academic accommodations. Appointments can be made in person at UC5000 or by telephone to (709) 864-8874.

9.3.6 UCC 2020: Applied Cognitive and Affective Learning Strategies for Undergraduate Students

This 3 credit hour course is an introduction to cognitive and affective learning strategies and techniques with an emphasis on the application of these techniques in the students' own learning repertoires together with an overview of relevant research from cognitive psychology and related fields. Topics covered will include information processing, memory, forgetting, problem solving, metacognition, general and specific learning strategies, learning styles, and affective strategies. Students can receive credit for only one of UCC 2020 or the former University 2020.

9.3.7 Wellness Program

The Wellness Program co-ordinates a broad range of health and wellness services for the student community. Our main mission is to raise awareness to the many self-care skills needed for all. This consists of the peer helper program and the many other outreach events organized by this office. Located in the Counselling Centre, the Wellness Program works in collaboration with various campus and community organizations to help facilitate wellness promotion at the University.

Inquiries may be made in-person at UC5002A, by telephone to (709) 864-2659 or through the website at