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Remote Counseling Services Now Available

Dear Spelman Community,

It is our hope that you and your families are doing well.

In response to COVID-19, Spelman College transitioned to a remote learning environment on Monday, March 23, 2020. This change enables students to successfully complete their academic program off-campus until the end of the spring semester. During this time, the Counseling Center will remain open.

To promote the best practices of physical distancing as outlined by the CDC and the College, the Counseling Center has transitioned to remote services for currently enrolled students beginning immediately. All students in need of counseling support are asked to please call us instead of walking into the office.

For your convenience, you may contact the Counseling Center for support at 404-270-5293, Monday - Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We want you to know that it is reasonable to experience a range of emotional reactions to the developing health crisis in our country and around the world. Some reactions may be feelings of anxiety, confusion or sadness. We have included links to supportive mental health materials for you to review regarding ways to cope with stress related to COVID-19. Please go to the Remote Services FAQ to learn how to stay connected to the Counseling Center.

You may also find it helpful to read the articles, “Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty” and “How Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the Coronavirus Panic.” For additional forms of relaxation, consider “50 Ways to Take a Break," and the use of "Mobile Apps.”

For students who are insured by Spelman health insurance, UnitedHealthcare, you may connect with BetterHelp, a national virtual counseling service which is 100% covered during your policy period.

Optum has opened its Emotional-Support Helpline, providing access to specially trained mental health specialists to support individuals who may be experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COVID-19. Optum’s toll-free helpline number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.

Spelman College faculty and staff who feel overwhelmed about COVID-19 and are concerned about their personal health, please refer to the Employee Guidance information from the Office of Human Resources.

Please check this page for updated information about how our services and availability may change in response to the situation. We will post information for the Spelman community on this page as we develop and implement our responses

As a reminder, for a life-threatening mental health emergency, please consider the following:

▪ In the rare exception that you are on campus, please call Public Safety at 404-525-6401
▪ If you are off campus, call 911
▪ If you are in the State of Georgia, you may also call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 800-715-4225.

We will continue to update the Spelman College community regarding revised Counseling Center services as we strive to meet your needs during this challenging time.

In support,

The Spelman College Counseling Center Staff

College is an Exciting Time of Change and Personal Growth

At times, change may prove stressful. Therefore, Spelman College provides counseling services that support students in their emotional, social, and academic development throughout their college career.  Qualified mental health professionals provide services that support holistic development with an emphasis on the individual’s strengths.

Grounded in cultural knowledge and sensitivity, the services and interventions provided embrace the multiple identities of students, specifically the experiences of women of African descent.  A time limited treatment model is most often used, and external referrals offered when necessary.

Service Hours

Monday - Friday,  9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
After hours, student should contact the Resident Director or Public Safety.

Behavioral Health Resources on Campus

  • Counseling
  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • 24-Hour Emergency Coverage
  • Referral to Community Resources
  • Community Education
  • Campus Workshops

Emergency Numbers

Public Safety

Spelman Sexual Assault Helpline

Student Health Services

Contact Us

Counseling Center
Fax: 404-270-5297

Vickie Ogunlade, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Director
Frances Cloud, LCSW

MacVicar Hall, 2nd Floor 
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Campus Box 1527
Atlanta, GA 30314

By appointment:
Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.