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 2022 in-person workshop schedule has been finalized and 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. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please direct any questions or concerns to Dr. Magali Laitem laitemmx@jmu.edu.

Outreach Services
  • Assertiveness & Social Skills
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Self Esteem: Countering Negative Self-talk
  • Long Distance Relationships
  • Dealing with Homesickness
  • Reducing the Risk of Suicide
  • Anxiety – Is this Normal?
  • Stress Management
  • Relationships: Healthy vs. Unhealthy
  • Understanding Self Harm
  • Mindfulness
  • Anger Management
  • Social Media: Harmful to Helpful
  • Creating Healthy Relationships
  • The 411 on Social Anxiety
  • Managing Perfectionism
  • Typical Reactions to Trauma
  • Risk Reduction presentations available to classrooms and student groups as requested and availibility allows
  • Events held for National Suicide Prevention Week - held during early September
  • Co-coordinate the annual Walk For Hope in April. An event to raise awareness of depression and suicide while encouraging hope, seeking support, and awareness of resources.  
  • Provide an emotional support presence for campus-based educational and prevention efforts
  • Participate in student and faculty/staff panels aimed at increasing awareness of sexual violence prevention and response
  • Be involved with CARE
  • Presentations to classes of international students as requested (myths of mental health, available counseling center services, etc.)
  • Presentations for faculty and staff as requested (working effectively with international students, recognizing and responding to student distress, etc.)
  • Programming partnering with Office of International Programs’ International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS), English Language Learners Services (ELLS), and other offices on campus offices whose mission it is to serve international students at JMU
  • Psychology 402 class for undergraduates provide a wide variety of workshops each semester
  • Workshops are considered Wellness Passport events. You can view the entire schedule on our Workshops page.
  • Workshop topics may include the following: 
    • Dealing with Difficult People
    • Long distance relationships
    • Assertiveness
    • Diversity Awareness
    • Intimacy in Relationships
    • Self-Esteem
    • Time Management
    • Depression in Men
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Understanding Destructive Relationships

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