Outreach Services At A Glance

It is the mission of the Counseling Center’s Outreach Services to provide educational programming on mental health topics of interest to the campus community with particular focus on the needs of underserved populations. We hope to empower students to develop the awareness, values, and skills they will need to meet future challenges and lead vital, meaningful lives.

Workshops on a variety of mental health topics are offered regularly throughout the semester. The dropdown menu below provides an overview of those workshops typically offered, as well as some of the other types of outreach our Center provides. The Spring 2024 Workshop Schedule is available here: CC Workshop Schedule.

All interview requests by media outlets should reach out to Mary-Hope G. Vass, Executive Director of Communications and University Spokesperson (vassmg@jmu.edu, 540-568-7487).

At this time, due to the high demand for clinical services, the Counseling Center will not be taking any new outreach and/or class project requests.

We will also NOT be taking on any support staff requests. If you are organizing an event in which you worry that students may become distressed due to the topic being presented and/or discussed, please have a slide or your speaker inform your audience of how to access mental health support services (i.e., TimelyCare’s TalkNow support  is available 24/7 for students through the TimelyCare App or timelycare.com/jmu. Additionally, for mental health emergencies (e.g., thoughts or plans to kill yourself, thoughts of seriously harming others, recent sexual assault) occurring after regular CC business hours call the Counseling Center at 540-568-6552 and press "1” to connect to the after-hours crisis line.)

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please direct any questions or concerns to Karla Kale kalekl@jmu.edu.

Outreach Services

Workshop Schedule

Possible workshop topics:

  • Anger Management
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Assertiveness Building
  • Compassion and Vicarious Trauma
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Homesickness
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Living with Trauma
  • Managing Perfectionism
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness through Doodling
  • Myths and Truths about Group Counseling
  • Reducing the Risk of Suicide at JMU
  • Self-Compassion
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Social Media & Other Digital Technology: Friend, Foe, or Both?
  • Stress and Anxiety Management
  • Understanding Self Harm


Fall 2023 Outreach Event


National Suicide Prevention Week Speaker, April Hepler

  • What:Licensed Professional Counselor and Non-Profit Founder, April Hepler, presents: Finding Your People: Healthy Relationships as a Foundational Component of Happiness
  • When: Friday, 9/15/23, from 10:30-11:30am; Where: Grafton Stovall Theatre


  • Suicide Risk Reduction presentations are available to classrooms and student groups as requested and availibility allows.
  • Events are held for National Suicide Prevention Week, during early September.

AAT activities include: Puppy Pride & Doggie De-Stress

Spring 2024 Schedule:

Puppy Pride location: Lavender Lounge (SSC 1310)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31st, 1-1:45pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 1-1:45pm
  • Wednesday, March 27th, 1-1:45pm
  • Wednesday, April 24, 1-1:45pm
Doggy De-stress location: SSC 3106
  • TBD

Our therapy dogs, Gracie, Calla, Milo, and Wicket will NOT be open to additional outreach requests beyond these already listed. This is due to our therapy dogs also providing clinical services and wanting to protect them from burn out as well. Thank you for your support and understanding. If you are in need or wanting to have therapy dogs be at an event you are organizing, we would recommend reaching out to the Harrisonburg chapter of Therapy Dog International: https://www.tdi-dog.org/default.aspx

  • Psychology 402 class for undergraduates provide a wide variety of workshops each semester
  • Many of the CC's workshops are considered Wellness Passport events. Check the Passport website to confirm which are Passport events. To review the entire schedule of upcoming CC Workshops, visit the CC Workshops page.

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