Programming and Outreach

University Counseling Services provides various workshops, programs, and screenings to the campus community throughout the year.  To schedule a specific program, please contact Denise Zack at the Counseling Center (392-5475) at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the planned program.   Many of the programs below can be modified to meet the specific needs of your group or organization.



~Positive Psychology and The Science of Happiness:  Find out what the latest research says about Positive Psychology and how you can find Happiness in your own life.

~Stress Management:   Become familiar with good stress and bad stress and how to take care of your mind-body and spirit.

~Spirituality as a component of Wellbeing:  Discover the concept of spirituality in your daily life and how it pertains to being healthy. 

~Body Image Bootcamp:  Learn to feel happier about yourself  and your body--whatever shape you are!

~Grow Your Brain! You rely on your brain for everything; that is an asset worth protecting! Did you know certain factors promote healthy brain growth while others can actually destroy brain tissue? Learn what leading research tells us about what helps and hurts brain health.  And walk away with practical tips for how to protect that beautiful brain of yours!

~Your Brain on Meditation: What's this whole meditation thing about? Well, here's an intro into the amazing benefits of mindfulness practice.  Plus a chance to actually practice your meditating skills! All skill levels welcome. Wear comfy clothes.


~He Said- She Said:  An interactive program exploring gender differences in communication and social relationships.  

~Can (or should?) this relationship be saved?:   What does it take to make a committed dating relationship work?  Learn essential strategies for developing healthy, intimate relationships.

~Friends,  Facebook Friends, Friends with Benefits: Looking for more than facebook friends?  A guided discussion about how to clarify and develop the types of healthy relationships you want.


~Transition Overload! College life requires multitasking, handling change, modifying learning styles to the college environment, dealing with grades, friends, roommates, rules and stress...This program will talk about processes that help even when students feel out of control and address warning signs that more help is needed and how to get it.

~Got Adderall? The truth about misusing stimulants as study aids, sharing prescription medications, and why it is *so* not a good idea.

~Grief and Loss 101   Learn about types of losses, the grieving process, grief reactions and how to manage grief (or help someone who is grieving).  

~Grief or Depression?  Learn about the differences between Grief related Depression and Clinical Depression and how to get help. 

~Grieving Suicides and Traumas:  Learn about grief reactions and how to cope with losses related to suicides and other traumas. 

~Managing Grief during the Holidays:  Learn how to manage grief during the holiday season. 

~Disordered Eating or Eating Disorder?  Learn to recognize the signs of eating disorders, how to help a friend (or yourself), and how to build a hall environment that encourages healthy body image and eating behaviors.

~QPR (Suicide Prevention*): An in-depth look at how to recognize signs of depression or suicidal thoughts and ways you can intervene to help your friends.

~Antidepressants 101  An educational dialogue about what antidepressants are, their potential risks and benefits, and when they are best used.


~Safe Zone: Interactive program exploring attitudes about sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.

~Bridging Different Worlds: How do you deal when the norms you were raised with are at odds with those you encounter on campus or in society-at-large? A guided conversation about the challenges and opportunities of living with cultural, economic, religious, and other family differences. 


~Counseling Services Overview: a guide to services for mental health support.

~Transition to College for Millennial Students: an explanation of developmental norms for students or staff working with millennials, and the special challenges that may be encountered(this is modified for staff)



At various points throughout the semester, University Counseling Services provides screenings to the Southern community. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to take part in these free and confidential screenings.  Based on the assessment scores, a counselor may make a suggestion for a referral to University Counseling Services, or a community or private practice off campus.

Students can access the online version of the below screenings, plus others at:


*More specifics on our Suicide Prevention Programming

University Counseling Services implemented a comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program on campus in fall of 2003. The center staff is available to train the campus community about suicide signs, symptoms, and interventions. The training and program is designed from a national model called QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer.

By attending a two-hour training session participants will;
1. Be educated about suicide prevention strategies currently available.
2. Increase their comfort level in assisting students, faculty, and staff to appropriate mental health resources either on or off campus.
3. Be familiarized with the epidemiology of suicide in America, common risk factors, and available statistical information, which best describes the prevalence of suicide in America and those populations most at risk.
4. Be able to abate potential crisis situations by utilizing effective skills learned in the training.
5. Be able to manage difficult scenarios in classrooms, on campus, or in residence halls with affected persons with an easy-to-follow, step-by-step procedure.

This program is offered each semester and is part of the outreach that University Counseling Services provides on a regular basis. Therefore, the long-term benefits of this one time program will be ten-fold as more and more of the campus community become trained.

If you have any questions about this program or would like to set up a training for your department, colleagues, student group, classroom, or residence hall, please contact University Counseling Services at (203) 392-5475.