Counseling and Advising
David Baum, Asst. Dean for Student Life: 734.764.0516
Darren Nealy, Director of Student Services: 734.764.0516
Diane Nafranowicz, M.S.W., 734.764.1116
David Baum, Darren Nealy, and Diane Nafranowicz provide counseling and advice and encourage students to share problems and concerns, great or small, whether or not they seem related to the Law School. Many Law School difficulties stem from non-academic problems, and sometimes the opposite is true. Students may be referred to one of the several University offices that provide confidential counseling (see below). Students may also initiate contacts with such offices without referral.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has a professional staff which includes social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and religious psychological counselors supplemented by student interns and peer counselors. Confidential counseling is available to students on an individual basis for a wide range of personal and interpersonal concerns as well as for problem solving and referral to other campus organizations. The agency also provides a variety of group experiences, including ongoing group counseling and workshops on such topics as assertion training and overcoming exam anxiety.
The Law School maintains a special relationship with a team of counselors who possess a good knowledge of the Law School experience and its special academic and professional pressures. Hours are reserved for students who may otherwise experience difficulty scheduling appointments.
24-hour mental health crisis center and hotline at the University of Michigan Hospital emergency room.
The Center for the Child and the Family offers a wide variety of psychological services to children, adolescents, families, and couples, including individual counseling for children, parental guidance for parents of troubled adolescents, family therapy, couples therapy, and other group programs that advance understanding of child development and family relationships.
The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) offers a range of services. Their most popular service is free career and educational counseling, which is available to both men and women. Their counselors assist students with a range of issues, including applying to graduate school, balancing studies/work/family, career decision-making, and researching financial aid/scholarship options. CEW also assists people undergoing various life transitions, career planning, job-changing, job searching, etc.
CEW offers UM graduate students and non-traditional undergraduates (older or raising a child) small emergency grants to help with unexpected financial crises, providing the situation meets their criteria. Appointments for counseling, including possible assistance with student financial emergencies, can be arranged by calling 734.764.6360. Please visit their website for more information.
SAPAC provides free and confidential counseling to faculty, staff, and students of the University of Michigan. SAPAC focuses on advocacy and crisis intervention for students in whatever situation that sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and domestic violence is reported: at the hospital, at a police agency, at another campus office, in a residence hall, via crisis line or walk-in. They refer students who need ongoing support to work with a counselor at CAPS.
The U-M Initiative on Domestic and Sexual Violence's Web site offers information for those interested in learning more about domestic violence.
The University of Michigan Spectrum Center provides a comprehensive range of education, information and advocacy services working to create and maintain an open, safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and similarly-identified students, faculty, and staff, their families and friends, and the campus community at large.