Psychological and Counseling Services attempts to meet the emotional and mental health needs of the campus community by reaching out to those who may not seek counseling services. Our outreach activities include educational programs and classes, committee participation and clinical consultation. Staff members are available to consult with faculty, staff, parents, or students who may be concerned about a student. Assistance in crisis management and guidelines for referrals are available.
- Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) : PACS offers a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) to any individuals or groups in the university community that have experienced a traumatic event or difficult situation (untimely deaths, illnesses, losses etc.). A debriefing process provides a format in which students/staff/faculty can discuss their feelings and reactions to this event, thus reducing the stress that results from exposure to incidents The purpose of the debriefing group is to assist in mitigating long-term emotional trauma. It is not a counseling or therapy group but a structured group offering that gives individuals a voice around the trauma or situation. A CISD is best done 48-72 hours after the crisis and typically lasts 2 hours.
- Dealing With People Who Are Difficult to Manage: This workshop will help faculty/staff better understand and manage individuals who are agitated, threatening, entitled, depressed, sad and/or potentially violent. Learn the skills to intervene with these individuals as well as self care strategies.This program is customized for your office or department and lasts either ninety minutes or two hours.
- Identifying At Risk Students: This program explores the signs and cues of students who might be "at risk" of harming themselves or others in their community. It can be completed in an hour but an hour and a half is preferable. It is basic and very informative.
- Assertive Communication
- Eating Concerns
- Dealing with Diversity
- Stress Management
- Suicide Assessment and Prevention
Anyone who is concerned about a student is urged to contact PACS for consultation. Requests for programs can be made to any PACS staff member or by stopping by our office in Smith Hall or calling us at 862-2090. You may also want to view our Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff.