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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Counseling Center will provide services remotely.

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Welcome to the Counseling Center

Welcome to the Shaw University Counseling Center. The Counseling Center offers free and confidential services, delivered by competent and experienced counseling professionals. We offer short-term individual, couples and group counseling to Shaw University students and staff. The counseling center staff is dedicated to assisting students with their psychological, personal, social, substance abuse and academic needs. It is a place where students will find understanding and acceptance in whatever they are going through. Along with psychological services, the counseling center also offers disability services for those students identified with a disability. The staff takes pride in the work that is done in the counseling center and looks forward to taking the collegiate journey with each and every student that attends Shaw University.

Jerelene Carver, M.A. Admin. AC
Director, Counseling Center/Disability Services 


The Counseling Center's focus is to maintain the emotional and psychological well being of our students. In order for our students to succeed in their chosen fields of study they have to be free of emotional and psychological distress. Stress, depression, relationship issues, and dependencies are major factors in our students' failure to compete academically. The Counseling Center endeavors to plan, organize, implement and evaluate programs that provide for personal-social counseling, referral services and general guidance that helps to prepare and accommodate students to college life and ultimately retention and graduation. The Counseling Center is committed to providing confidential services for our diverse population who otherwise might not have or take the opportunity to receive these services.


To attain the outcomes identified in the mission statement, the Counseling Center established the following goals: 

  • Expand current programs to insure that all students are served.
  • Provide ongoing information to students in order to help them make informed decisions regarding emotional and psychological issues that confront them.
  • Provide direct services for substance abuse.
  • Provide services and support groups to assist the student community in coping and survival skills.
  • Increase effectiveness of Disability Services.
  • Increase outreach services to enhance and increase visibility of the Counseling Center.
  • Continue to upgrade and utilize technology.
  • Implement the use of a satisfaction survey to monitor student satisfaction.
  • Develop new positive lifestyles without the use of drugs and alcohol.