Outreach is a service provided to assist with the personal development of students. We offer workshops and programs that focus on relevant issues that students face on a daily basis. These issues include but are not limited to stress management, relationships, adjusting to college, depression, and substance abuse. If you are interested in having us conduct an outreach program or workshop for your class, residents or organization please complete a Workshop Request Form and submit it to the Counseling Center via email or fax. Of course you may also call the Counseling Center and speak directly to our staff about your request. The Counseling Center makes a strong effort to meet all requests for our programs. In order to best meet your needs we ask that you provide the Center with at least two weeks advance notice when requesting programs.
Don't Cancel That Class Series (Outreach in the Class)
The Counseling Center program "Don't Cancel That Class Series" is a series of psycho educational workshops designed to support teaching faculty, provide students with co-curricular learning experiences, and extend the Counseling Center's efforts to reach students. The workshops address topics such as adjusting to college, dealing with procrastination, stress management, student mental health issues, substance abuse education, and developing healthy relationships. If a course instructor is unable to lecture on a given day, she or he can request that a Counseling Center staff member come to this lecture section and present one of these workshops
Depression and Anxiety Screening Days
During both the fall and spring semesters the Counseling Center conducts outreach programs that provide students with the opportunity to complete a brief screening for depression and anxiety and receive educational materials on these topics. From the screening students are provided with feedback regarding the likelihood that they might have depression and/or a problem with anxiety. At the screenings students are able to schedule follow-up meetings with our counselors to gain a better understanding of the extent of their problems and learn more about how to receive assistance for depression and anxiety problems.
Counseling Center Workshops
- Help participants gain an understanding of the different types of stress
- Assist participants in understanding the importance of managing stress and the impact that it has on daily and long term life goals
- Provide participants with tools and skills to manage stress
- Help participants develop an action plan so that they can deal better with stress
Adjusting to College?
- Help students understand importance of adjusting to college adaptively
- Help students understand their unique styles of adjusting to college
- Help students realize the expectations and perceptions they have of themselves
- Have students complete the Life Events Survey to assess possible current levels of life stress
- Help students identify strategies to better adjust to college
- Have participants clarify how they define dating
- Have participants understand what qualities are in healthy relationships
- Have participants understand what qualities they want in a partner
- Have participants understand the types of qualities they want to bring to their relationships
Dating Violence/ Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Workshop
- To have participants explore what their attitudes and beliefs are about sexual assault, in the context of both moral and legal issues
- Identify factors associated with sexual assault risk reduction
- Discuss partner violence because sexual assault can be one manifestation of partner violence
- Understand signs and symptoms associated with having gone through a traumatic experience
- Identify how to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted
- Identify resources that are available to help someone who has been sexually assaulted
Coping with Procrastination
- Participants will develop a greater awareness of their procrastination
- Participants will weigh the costs and benefits of changing their procrastination pattern.
- Participants will build their motivation to change their procrastination pattern.
- Participants will broaden and enhance their time management skills and work habits so that they are further empowered to meet rigorous academic demands.
- Participants will create a personalized action plan for changing their procrastination pattern.
- Students will experience an increased sense of self-efficacy in the academic arena.
Campus Life and Mental Health
- Students will understand mental health issues they or their peers might face
- Students will be educated about the steps the University takes if a student is emotionally distressed to the extent that they may be a danger to themselves or to the safety of other students.
- Students will learn how to get help for themselves or who to contact to consult with about a friend’s emotional problems.
Alcohol/Drug Education Workshop
- Help participants understand effects of alcohol and marijuana use
- Elucidate symptoms of alcohol poisoning
- Impart ways to get help for alcohol poisoning
- Provide background information on various drugs (e.g., recognizing substance abuse, preventing date rape)
- Help participants understand how substance use can impact the achievement of short- and long- term goals
- Help participants explore alternatives to alcohol and drug use
Dealing with Anger: Do You Want a Piece of This?
- Help participants understand what anger
- Help participants understand their own anger better (e.g., what makes them angry, or “triggers”)
- Help participants realize whether or not they need help with their anger
- Impart ways for participants to deal more effectively with anger
Managing the Winter Holiday Blues
- Normalize the experience of the holiday blues
- Help participants go into the winter holiday season with realistic expectations
- Provide participants with ways to deal with the holiday blues
Be President of Your Own Fan Club
- Challenge participants to accept and love themselves
- Help participants to develop a list of the things about them that are wonderful and share those lists with the group
- Using interactive discussion and music, encourage participants to celebrate their own unique abilities