During Healthy Campus Week, the American University Counseling Center and Health Promotion and Advocacy Center hosted "Fresh Check Day" which was sponsored by the Jordan Porco Foundation. We captured the event and hope that others will join us next year for resources, tips, conversation, and de-stress activities.
The Counseling Center provides information on mental health topics in a variety of formats, including:
- On-site and Online Resource Library
- QPR Training (Question, Persuade, Refer)
- Social media: @AUCounselingCtr
- Campus community events
- Consultation services
- Educational workshops
We are currently offering virtual QPR training for all AU faculty, staff, and student-led organizations. QPR training focuses on teaching individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and provide guidelines to Question a person about those thoughts, Persuade them to get help, and Refer the person for support. This interactive training will be 1 hour in length. At this time, we cannot record QPR training workshops. Participants will receive an electronic resource packet that accompanies the training. Interested in scheduling a QPR training, contact Dr. Jacquelin Darby at email@example.com. Please give at least three weeks notice when you are submitting a request.
The counseling also host an drop-in QPR virtual training every third Thursday at 4pm. Availablity is on a "first come, first serve" basis. To register for a drop in training click: https://bit.ly/3vVnRWl.
EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS: The Counseling Center does its best to accommodate workshop requests for classes or groups. If you are interested in any of the topics listed below, or one that is not listed, please contact Dr. Jacquelin Darby, Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-885-3500. Please submit outreach requests at ten business days prior to an event. Evening and weekend availability is limited, so early requests for staffing are strongly encouraged. The Counseling Center designs its workshops with the goals of raising awareness and providing information regarding mental health to as many people as possible.
Possible workshop topics include:
- Adjustment to college life
- Anger management
- Communication skills and active listening
- Culture shock
- Depression and suicide
- Diversity awareness
- Introduction to Counseling Center services
- Overcoming procrastination and time management
- Relaxation and mindfulness training
- Stress management
- Work-Life Balance and Self-Care
REQUESTS FOR INTERVIEWS: Due to the heavy demand for clinical services, the Counseling Center is generally not able to grant requests for in-person interviews with clinicians for class assignments. However, the center will do its best to accommodate such requests via email provided that the request is made at least ten business days in advance. To submit a request, please contact Dr. Jacquelin Darby, Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation at email@example.com. You will be asked to provide a list of questions, and they will be responded to in email format, time permitting. Providing clinical services to the student body is the center's top priority, so your understanding that the center may not always be able to accommodate your request is appreciated.
The Counseling Center also realizes that, occasionally, urgent outreach needs arise (e.g., when there is a tragic event or injustice). In these cases, please contact us, and every effort will be made to respond promptly.
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