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University Community Centre 210
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Student Development Services (SDS) provides professionally trained counsellors and other specialists to assist students with career, personal, learning and social concerns. SDS offers workshops and presentations, on-line help, drop-in centres, individual counselling, and self-help materials. Services are available to all registered full- and part-time students. For more information on SDS services, go to the University Community Centre, Room 210, call (519) 661-3031 or visit our website at

Effective Writing Program (519-661-3031)

This program offers FREE writing instruction and information about writing for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

Summer Academic Writing Clinic: Make the transition to university by attending our three-day writing clinic This is a fee-for-service program.

Individual Tutoring: Bring in your writing at any point in the writing process for feedback from our knowledgeable writing instructors. Open to all students. Come in and learn how to become a better writer.

On-Line Writing Lab: Access a wide range of on-line writing handouts. Submit your paper for feedback

Presentations and Extended Workshops: Attend our FREE Writing across the Disciplines presentations and workshops on a variety of topics.

Drop-in Clinic: Canít make it to a regular appointment? Come to our drop-in clinic at D.B. Weldon Library. Open Monday-Thursday 2-4p.m and 5-7 p.m.; Saturday 12-3p.m.

ESL Specialist and ESL Counsellor Available: Visit our trained ESL staff for help with your English Language concerns.

First Nations Services

First Nations Services is pleased to offer a variety of cultural counselling, services, and programs to First Nation, Metis, and Inuit students in an encouraging and supportive environment. We would also like to invite all members of the university community to make use of the 1,100 plus book and resource material collection on First Nations topics located in Student Development Services.

International Student Services (519-661-3031)

International Student Services functions year round, offering programs, information and individual assistance with issues covering a broad range of student questions and concerns.

  • Individual assistance with immigration regulations, financial, cultural, career (Canadian work regulations and job search process) and personal issues
  • Reception and Orientation Service
  • International Student Centre (UCC, Room 200)
  • International Exchange Program
  • Peer Guide Program for all new students
  • English Conversation Program
  • Social/Cultural and Informative Events

Learning Skills Services (519-661-3559)

Learning Help Centre Strengthen skills for multiple-choice and essay tests, complete an learning inventory, get help with science/math problem solving, or learn about key learning strategies.

Individual Counselling for all students - strengthen skills or reinforce success. One-on-one appointments with a learning skills counsellor to discuss strategies to excel in courses.

Learning Skills Presentations Topics include Managing Your Time, Learning from Textbooks, Effective Memory Strategies, Preparing for and Writing Multiple-choice Tests.

Online Services:

Self-help Books SDSís Resource Library has a wide selection of learning skills books on topics such as Reading Skills, Public Speaking, and Time Management.

Psychological Services (519-661-3031)


  • individual and group counselling (by appointment)
  • personal-social concerns
  • workshops on procrastination, grief, self-esteem, mindfulness/meditation
  • gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered support
  • crisis counselling
  • assistance for wide variety of personal issues including:
    • Self Esteem
    • Homesickness
    • Coping Strategies
    • Violence in Relationships
    • Body Image Concerns
    • Grief and Loss
    • Procrastination
    • Stress
    • Relationship Concerns
    • Depression/Anxiety

Services for Students with Disabilities

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) plays an integral role in the University's efforts to enhance the accessibility of its courses and services. Students who use SSD have ongoing medical or psychological conditions that have implications for the way in which they do their course work or access services at the University. These conditions include chronic illnesses, chronic pain, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, psychological disorders, and visual, hearing, and mobility impairments. Enrolled students and individuals contemplating attending Western may meet with a counsellor in SSD to discuss possible arrangements that the University can make in order to accommodate their disabilities. SSD also offers the Adaptive Computing Technology Centre, located in UCC 215, and the Learning Opportunities Lab, located in the Weldon Library.

Volunteers In Progress (VIP) Program (519-661-3559)

SDS's Volunteers In Progress (VIP) Program is a student volunteer program designed to complement your academic life by providing an opportunity to develop skills, gain career-related work experience, explore career interests and development, establish contacts, work with diverse professionals in SDS, and make new friends. Each year over 100 students participate in SDS's VIP Program. Volunteers can be involved in a variety of experiences such as research, administration, program management, public relations and reception, marketing and promotions, group facilitation, teaching, resource development, and committee work.

Western's Volunteer Program (519-661-3559)

Provides students with career-directed volunteer positions with UWO faculty and staff. Students can choose opportunities from a broad range of faculties and career fields.