A warm welcome to all new and returning students to spring 2017! Our Counseling Center staff is committed to fostering an affirming environment where all students are welcome and respected; a safe and confidential environment that honors each person’s experience and is open to the honest discussion of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and values. We hope that you will connect with us this semester! In thinking about the upcoming semester, here are 4 things I would like to highlight:
- Groups. We had a record number of students participate in our groups last fall, and we have at least 16 different groups happening this spring. Check out our Group Counseling page and get started!
- Coping Skills Toolbox. Through a generous grant from the Parent and Family Association Board, students will be able to assemble their own “toolbox” filled with fun, relaxing, and stress-reducing objects and activities that research has shown to be helpful with coping. Look for our Counseling Center tables on campus this semester and build your toolbox!
- Kindness. Kindness is an important value of our staff, and we have an amazing team of kind and knowledgeable professionals and graduate trainees at the Counseling Center. If you are interested in learning more about some of our team, check out the Our Staff page on the About Us menu.
- Compassion. I hope that we can all continue to build compassion for each other throughout our campus community, and nurture compassion within ourselves as well. As we all strive for the goals that are important for us in 2017, let us also remember to be kind to ourselves. Check out Self-Compassion.Org to learn more about self-compassion and for self-compassion practices.
Chris Hogan, Ph.D.