Updated 1.07.2022

Spring 2022

The CSDC offers support to UH Mānoa students to assist with mental health, personal, or academic concerns. Our approach is encouraging, collaborative, goal focused and culturally sensitive. We provide support to develop more personal awareness and skills to cope with challenges and achieve personal and academic goals.

We offer a variety of services to students, including short term personal counseling, couples and career counseling, workshops, support groups, and peer fellow services. During the Spring 2022 semester, our office will continue to deliver primarily remote services, using video and/or phone. While this changes the way many of our services look, we remain committed to supporting and helping students address their mental health and well-being.

In most cases, services at the CSDC begin with a phone screen. This is a brief call with one of our mental health counselors to assess and recommend next steps to support students with mental health and well-being concerns. Learn more about our Phone Screens here.

CSDC Hours and Availability
The CSDC is currently open during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). In order to prevent the spread of infection, the CSDC also encourages students who are sick or not feeling well to avoid coming into the CSDC for services. Rather, students are encouraged to contact the CSDC by phone and our staff will help them arrange for appropriate services if they are unable to come in. Students who need to come in person to the CSDC office will be asked to comply with UH regulations regarding on-campus contact. Please see our Guidelines for Visiting CSDC.

Currently enrolled students who have paid the Health Fee are eligible for an initial appointment. The most appropriate form of follow-up care (group counseling, individual counseling, or off-campus referral) will be determined primarily by the counselor in collaboration with the student. In accordance with the licensing laws for our providers, individual, group, and couple therapy services can only be provided for students who are physically located in the State of Hawaiʻi.

Scope of Practice
In order to make the best use of our resources, we provide a variety of support to meet students’ needs. These include:

    • Phone screens and Initial Consultations with recommendations for the most appropriate services
    • Crisis management (during business hours)
    • Short term, goal directed individual or couple’s therapy
    • Consultation (how to help another student in distress, understand options for a difficult or distressing situation)
    • Support groups
    • Workshops to address specific needs (e.g., stress management)
    • Virtual drop-in support spaces
    • Assistance with finding a community Mental Health Provider
    • Peer Fellow support

Limits of Practice
Some students’ needs fall outside of the expertise or resources available at the CSDC. When this happens, our counseling staff can assist by providing referral options that are believed to best meet a student’s needs. Some examples of clinical issues that will likely be addressed through a community referral include but are not limited to:

    • Students requiring appointments more than once weekly
    • Students requiring appointments over an extended period of time (long term therapy)
    • Students whose needs are better met with specialized services or intensive treatment (e.g., Clinic specializing in current Eating Disorders, Inpatient services)
    • Court ordered or forensic assessments/treatment
    • Comprehensive assessments for Learning Disorders
    • Requests for Emotional Support Animal letters
    • Therapy services for faculty or staff

Kognito – Free program for UHM students, staff and faculty in helping students in distress
CSDC is providing all UHM students, faculty, and staff free access to an online program, Kognito, that can equip you with the knowledge and skills to recognize trauma or distress. Please visit our Kognito page to learn more about Kognito and how to access the online simulation.

Resources for Mental Health Emergencies

    1. If you are experiencing an emergency or believe you are a danger to yourself and/or others, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
    2. Hawai‘i CARES Hotline
      24 hours a day, 7 days a week
      Call and referral center for behavioral health related services including crisis intervention, substance use disorder, and mental health services
      Oahu: 808-832-3100
      Neighbor islands: 1-800-753-6879
    3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
      24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    4. The Disaster Distress Helpline
      Text TalkWithUS to 66746
    5. UH Mānoa Counseling and Student Development Center
      Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    6. Employee Assistance of the Pacific
      Employee Assistance of the Pacific provides confidential, short-term professional counseling services to employees who may be experiencing personal problems that are affecting job performance.
      Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Phone: 808-597-8222


COVID-19 Resources (Updated 1/15/2021)

Resources about COVID-19 and mental health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


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Here at the Counseling and Student Development Center we offer support to UH Mānoa students to assist with personal, academic and career concerns. Our approach is encouraging, collaborative, goal focused and culturally sensitive. We are here to help you develop more personal awareness and learn the skills you need to be successful while you are here at the University of Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Going through life changes, choosing a major, making career decisions, becoming independent, relating well with others, being successful, and living meaningfully is inherently challenging and often difficult or distressing. The built-in demands of academic life contribute to the overall stress we inevitably feel. Juggling a course load while meeting all the other personal, social, and financial responsibilities we have can bring on discomfort, anxiety, depression, and other emotional or physical symptoms. Our comprehensive counseling and psychological services are designed to be timely, accessible, preventative, and personalized to meet your individual needs.

All services are confidential. Individual, couples and group counseling services are free of charge for Mānoa students. We offer free urgent consultation to faculty and staff on personal and student related issues as well. In addition, psychiatric services and assessment services are available for a fee.

CSDC is located on the third floor of the Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, at the heart of the Mānoa Campus. The Center is interested in serving all UHM students, faculty and staff. If you have any special accommodation needs, let the Center know so that arrangements can be made that will work for you.


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