Mar 112004
Authors: Erin Skarda

College can be a stressful time. Challenges are sometimes

presented and students have to utilize their abilities to be able

to resolve them. When confronting an issue that is too difficult to

take on alone, the University Counseling Center offers many

programs that can assist students in gaining success.

The University Counseling Center is a comprehensive

mental-health agency located at C-36 Clark Building. It offers a

wide variety of services for students and faculty including various

forms of counseling, a Stress Management Program, the Learning

Assistance Center, Campus Community Service and outreach, and

testing services.

Charles Davidshofer, the director of the UCC, said as many as

3,000 students took advantage of the center’s services last


“We are the primary mental health office on campus,” Davidshofer

said, “If students are seeking help they are likely to come to


Dylan Coleman, a senior construction management major, said that

he has never been to the University Counseling Center.

“I probably wouldn’t go there because I’d rather deal with (my

problems) myself,” Coleman said.

All the center’s services are free to students who have paid the

student fee.

“Any students that paid the student fee, which means they are

taking six or more credits, are entitled to use all services,”

Davidshofer said, “But if we see someone for individual

psychotherapy for more than five sessions they will be charged an

extra $10 per session.”

Davidshofer said clinical services provided are individual,

group, couples and family therapy. The center also offers walk-in

and assessment services during business hours.

“It’s different if you call and set up an appointment the first

time because you know that you’ll be seen,” he said. “If you walk

in it depends on how many people walk in ahead of you.”

Davidshofer said the center offers a wide range of group

programs depending on the issues students are facing.

“We offer specialized group programs that deal with different

issues such as eating disorders, groups dealing with depression,

relationship groups and one that deals with substance use and

abuse,” Davidshofer said.

The UCC also provides 24-hour emergency services.

“You call the number at the dispatch and the counselor on call

will be paged to call the student back,” Davidshofer said.

Most students who come in for counseling seek help with

emotional issues rather than academic, but the numbers are close to

being equal, Davidshofer said.

“The two most often reported emotional issues are depression and

stress,” he said.

The Stress Management Program, which is a division of the UCC,

was created to help students deal with stress effectively.

Jenifer Thomas, graduate assistant in the Stress Management

Program, said the service tries to help students learn stress

management skills.

“The Stress Management Program is offered to students to help

stress relief,”

Thomas said, “We help teach relaxation techniques and show

students how to practice them.”

Through a session at the SMP, which is located at C-10 Clark,

students are taught breathing techniques, a program for muscle

relaxation, visualization and imagery, coping strategies and

relaxation techniques.

“We feel stress physiologically,” Thomas said. “Helping relax

physically keeps the body healthy and re-focuses attention away

from stress.”

Thomas recommends that any students interested in learning how

to handle stress should make an appointment through the UCC’s main


“I recommend that students come in more than once,” she said,

“Learning these techniques is a skill. The more you practice, the

better you get. Students don’t necessarily need to practice in

here, they can do it at home, too.”

Thomas also recommends that students who do not want to come in

print copies of stress relief techniques off the Stress Management

Program’s updated Web site or to visit the new Wellness Zone in the

Lory Student Center.

“We are trying to help out the CSU community as much as

possible,” Thomas said.

Coleman said he has not visited the Wellness Zone, but it seems

like something in which he might be interested.

“I might do that,” he said.

Another division of the UCC is the Learning Assistance Center.

This is a place where students who are having academic

difficulties, are on academic probation or may have a learning

disability can go for help.

The LAC, located in General Services Building room 104, creates

a program individualized to suit the each student’s needs.

Counselors can help students implement new strategies like textbook

reading, note taking, time management and test preparation.

“If students aren’t performing as well academically as they’d

like, have a hard time focusing or have an attention deficit

problem, (the LAC) assesses the situation and provides study skills

counseling to help them learn materials and perform better,”

Davidshofer said.

The University Counseling Center also includes the University

Testing Service, which offers services such as psychological

testing, the College Level Examination Program, Challenge Exam

Programs and other admissions and academic testing.

Also included in the UCC are the Faculty Test Scoring Service,

Campus Community Services and the Employee Assistance Program.

Davidshofer said the services offered through the UCC have so far

been successful.

“We collect satisfactory surveys from clients at different times

throughout the semester,” Davidshofer said, “(In most instances)

they report significant assistance with the problem.”

For more information please contact the University Counseling

Center at 491-6053 or visit the Web site at:

Fall and spring semester hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through


For emergency assistance after hours call 491-7111

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