Confidential Services

Counseling and Support Groups

SAVES provides free, confidential, short-term, ongoing counseling services to enrolled students on a time-limited basis. Students seeking counseling for issues related to substance abuse, recovery, and/or sexual violence can schedule an appointment by emailing, calling, or dropping by the office. An initial consultation will be scheduled with a SAVES professional to complete required paperwork and discuss the student’s counseling needs. If the student’s needs are beyond the scope of practice for counseling within SAVES, the SAVES staff member will assist the student with appropriate referrals.

Support groups are available and facilitated by SAVES professional staff for sexual assault survivors, recovery support, marijuana cessation, and students contemplating changing their substance use behaviors. Students interested in group services must schedule an initial consultation with SAVES staff by emailing, calling, or dropping by the office. If group services are not appropriate for the student’s counseling/support needs, SAVES counselors will assist with referrals.

Please note: SAVES staff members do not provide substance abuse treatment, court ordered counseling, or documentation for Emotional Support Animal requests.

Advocacy Services

Students seeking confidential advocacy services for sexual violence issues can schedule an appointment by emailing, calling, or dropping by the office. Students are typically seen for advocacy appointments the same day or within 48 hours as requested. Students will complete brief paperwork and review the SAVES advocacy confidentiality agreement when arriving for the initial appointment. Advocacy services include but are not limited to:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Absence notification to faculty, staff, and on-campus supervisors as appropriate
  • Referrals to counseling, support, reporting (police and/or Title IX), legal consultation, and health resources
    • Includes facilitating initial consultations with above named resources
  • Attending on campus meetings with reporting resources as requested
  • On-going support as needed while students are enrolled at Radford University

Please note: SAVES staff are not available to provide advocacy services off campus and/or outside of regular business hours. Students seeking advocacy services outside of business hours can contact the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley at 540-639-1123.

SAVES staff DO NOT investigate reported incidents of sexual violence; however, trained SAVES staff members can reach out to reported sexual violence survivors as requested and appropriate to offer support and advocacy services.

Crisis Intervention

SAVES staff are available for crisis intervention related to substance abuse, recovery, and sexual violence issues as needed during regular business hours. Students can email, call, or drop in for same day crisis appointments. Students will complete a crisis form and review SAVES confidentiality statement when scheduling the appointment.

SAVES licensed counselors will assist Student Counseling Services (SCS) with crisis intervention if there are no available SCS counselors.


SAVES staff offer consultations for students, faculty, staff, and parents on substance abuse, recover, and sexual violence related issues. Consultations are done by phone or in person and can be anonymous. There is no required paperwork for consultation services; however, a record of the consultation will likely be kept.