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In support of the overall mission of the Counseling Center, outreach services are provided to all members of the UC Irvine student community. Our goal is to extend services beyond the walls of the Counseling Center and to create learning environments outside of the formal classroom setting. Outreach Services are viewed as falling under three major areas:
1) Information about Counseling Center Services
2) Student Development
3) Primary Prevention
Information about the Counseling Center
Includes a short description of all services and programs, provides information on how to access and use the services, and discusses such important topics as confidentiality, staff credentials, and areas of staff expertise.
Consultation and training for the purpose of assisting our students in acquiring knowledge and skills that will enhance their normal developmental process and facilitate their optimal level of functioning at UC Irvine. Training in this area is provided through two primary avenues: 1) Requests made from student groups which would include such topics as Mature, Interpersonal Relationships; Values Clarification; and Life Style Transitions and 2) Classes taught by Counseling Center staff for residents of three of our undergraduate housing complexes; Campus Village, Mesa Court, and Middle Earth. A few examples of past course offerings would include Interpersonal Relationships, Intersections of Diversity, and Leadership and Identity.
Assists students in acquiring knowledge and skills that will improve resilience and healthy functioning, thus preventing or reducing the risk of emotional distress. Examples of topics coming under this area would include Stress Management, Mediation Skills, and Assertiveness Training.
Workshops / Training
Designed to meet specific student need, workshops provide an interactive, experiential learning opportunity. The majority of presentations run approximately 50 minutes in length. The following represents topics typically presented in a workshop format:
While informational and interactive, presentations differ from workshops in that the focus is not on experiential learning. Examples of this category would encompass panel presentations, guest lectures, and general student orientations. Information about Counseling Center Services would be provided via this format.
Would include, for example, the Counseling Center’s involvement in such areas as health and informational fairs, and mental health screening days.
Consultation to student groups pertaining to mental health / wellness topics. This area would include consultation to a student organization regarding a possible request for a workshop or presentation. Student groups desiring an outreach service are welcome to consult with Counseling Center personnel in order to determine which service would best meet their needs.
Students requesting outreach services must first have the approval of a faculty / staff member who has reviewed the request. Due to the many responsibilities of Center staff and the large request for services, we must require a minimum of 10 audience members at each function. Requests received at least three weeks in advance with at least three prioritized “choice dates” have a greater likelihood of being accommodated. If you would like to access any of the outreach services provided by the Counseling Center, please complete the Outreach Request Form.
We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Friends Helping Friends Presentations offered every Spring Quarter by members of the Counseling Center’s Peer Educator Program.