Support for Incoming Students
For many young adults, attending college is one of their first major life transitions. Although this change has many exciting aspects, it is normal to experience apprehension as well. Our resources are designed to assist you in navigating this adjustment. All counseling contacts are strictly confidential in accordance with Florida state privacy laws. Counseling records are not available to anyone, either on or off campus, without the student's specific written permission. The only time confidentiality will be broken is in the case of a life threatening situation when a student is at risk of harming him or herself or someone else, or when there is reason to believe a child, elderly person, or disabled person is being abused. Confidentiality may also be broken if a court order mandates that records be released or if the university mandates disclosure in response to a lawsuit. Counseling records are not kept as part of a student's academic or administrative records, but will be retained in the Counseling Center for seven (7) years after the last counseling contact with the department.
- The first year experience can fluctuate over time. Check out some of the month-to-month adjustments you might expect
- Please find 25 tips for having a successful first year at Embry-Riddle
- Review these tips for developing roommate relationships
- Orientation information can also be a valuable resource
- Adjusting to College
New Students with Previous or Current Mental Health Concerns
If you have experienced previous mental health or emotional concerns, it's important for you to take steps now in preparing to come to Embry-Riddle. You might need to establish a relationship with a new counselor. You might need to discuss with your doctor whether s/he can continue to prescribe any medication you might take, or whether you need to find a new doctor in the Daytona Beach area. To help you figure out what you need, talk with those who know you best: family, friends, counselors, and doctors. Planning for your new situation now will help you considerably.
The Embry-Riddle Counseling Center staff is available to talk with you about how you can access the particular resources or support you might need. You can call 386-226-6035 to schedule an appointment. Plan ahead to ensure that you are adequately supported and have a backup plan in case your needs change. Set yourself up for success!
Counseling often involves the disclosure of sensitive and personal information. Professional ethics codes and state laws consider information discussed between a counselor and client (18 years and older) to be strictly confidential. The information that you share in counseling, including the fact you used our services, will not be disclosed to anyone (including university officials, faculty, staff, parents, or outside agencies) without your written permission. Counseling records are not part of your academic or administrative records, but will be retained in the Counseling Center for seven (7) years after your last counseling contact with the department.
There are EXCEPTIONS TO CONFIDENTIALITY you should be aware of.
- HARM TO SELF: If there is evidence a student poses a clear and immediate probability of harming themselves, and they are unwilling or unable to follow treatment recommendations, a counselor may seek involuntary admission to a hospital. The University will attempt to notify a family member when this occurs.
- HARM TO OTHERS: If a counselor has reason to believe a student is threatening physical violence against another, they may be required to take action to ensure the other person is protected. Such action may include contacting the police, notifying the intended victim, and seeking involuntary hospitalization of the student. If there is concern a student may engage in risky behavior potentially resulting in serious harm to the student and/or the public, a counselor may contact other campus resources: Campus Safety, Dean of Students or Health Services.
- Abuse/Neglect of a Child/Elder/Disabled Person: Counselors who know or reasonably suspect a minor or a vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited are legally obligated to report this information to appropriate state agencies.
- Court Subpoena: A court-ordered subpoena can require the Counseling Center to release information contained in records or for a counselor to testify in a court hearing.
- Lawsuit Against the University: When a lawsuit is filed against the University, ERAU's General Counsel can require the Counseling Center release records to them when disclosure is deemed relevant to the lawsuit.
Scope of Services
- Students must be currently attending classes at the DB campus to be eligible for services
- Services are free of charge
- Appointments are scheduled on the hour
- Appointment limits: eight (8) appointments per semester, four (4) appointments per summer term
- Couples counseling: both must be students currently attending classes at the DB
- Cancellations and Relationships: If you can’t make your appointment, please call us 24 hours prior to your appointment at 386-226-6035. We are open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. but you can leave a voicemail message after hours
- No-shows: If you cancel prior to your appointment you forfeit the sessions, meaning that one counseling session is deducted from your semester limit.
- Late Arrivals: Arriving 15 minutes late for an appointment, may result in the appointment being forfeited and counted as a no-show
Email is not a secure mode of communication. It is inappropriate to use email to convey information of a personal or urgent matter. Please call the Counseling Center at 386-226-6035 to scheduled/change/cancel appointments. The Counseling Center will ONLY contact you (email/phone) with your consent as indicated on your client paperwork.
Counselors are NOT on-call after hours nor on weekends. The following crisis intervention services are available 24/7:
- Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255): Lifeline Crisis Hotline
- Text HELP to 741-741: Crisis Text Line
Daytona Beach Campus,
Hours of Operation
Fall and Spring: Monday-Friday,
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
24-Hour Emergency Assistance
- Campus Safety:
- Suicide Prevention Hotline:
- Rape Crisis Hotline:
- Domestic Violence Hotline:
- Disaster Distress Helpline:
- Crisis Text Line:
Text HELP to 741-741