Counseling and Disability Services

Counseling and Disability Services

Our Mission

The mission of Counseling and Disability Services is to enhance the personal and professional development of students and provide an environment that is supportive and inclusive. From pre-admission to post-graduation, the Counseling Center provides student centered counseling and programming in the areas of career planning, transfer assistance, supportive counseling, disability services, academic support and job search assistance. In doing so, the department provides a gateway to opportunity for our local community and empowers students to achieve their goals of graduation, transfer, and employment.

General Information

  • Location: Room 113, Gwaltney Hall, on the Main Campus [map]
  • Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, with evening hours by appointment
  • Appointments: To make an appointment, simply call, e-mail or fill out our online appointment request form here.

Contact Us

Doug Dewar, Director/Counselor
Email: ddewar@mayland.edu
Telephone: 828.766.1256 or 800.4.MAYLAND
Fax: 828.765.0728
Mail: Post Office Box 547, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Our Services

Here is a listing and brief description of what we offer:

Career Counseling
Students can receive help in assessing their career interests, abilities, values, skills, personality type, and other factors important in making career choices. Popular career assessments include the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory and the Strong Interest Inventory. Students can research a wide variety of occupations and fields of interest using resources such as web databases, on-line videos, occupational information software, and books available to check out. Through career counseling students are able to make decisions about their career and educational goals and develop action plans for achieving those goals. 

Job Search Assistance
Students preparing to look for work can receive help with resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search strategies. Resume software is available that offers a variety of examples and templates. Practice interviews can be provided for students who want to refine their interview skills. Students can also learn networking skills to strategically uncover the hidden job market. Job openings are communicated via announcements on LEO and on the Job Openings bulletin board located near the Student Commons.

Transfer Assistance
Counselors can help students understand the transfer process and the steps required to transition successfully. Students can receive guidance in understanding articulation agreements and course equivalencies, deciding which transfer courses to take at Mayland, and deciding which transfer college is best for them. Students can research any college in the nation and gain assistance in applying to colleges. 

Personal Counseling
Supportive counseling is available for students experiencing personal problems that impact their ability to succeed in college. Referrals to outside agencies can be made for more significant mental health concerns. Personal and academic coaching is available for students who need help in areas such as time management, motivation, study skills, self management, stress reduction and test anxiety. 

Disability Services
Students with documented disabilities may receive accommodations to facilitate learning, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students should first contact Counseling and Disability Services (or S.O.A.R. Program) and provide documentation of the disability so that appropriate accommodations may be determined. More extensive accommodations require six (6) weeks notification prior to registration. 

Distance Education Students

If you are a distance education student seeking services through Counseling and Disabilty Services, please use the resources on this page or contact the counselor at the email or phone number listed above.