Outreach Services At A Glance

It is the mission of the Counseling Center’s Outreach Services to provide educational programing 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.

The topics we offer our outreach services around are listed below. If you are interested in requesting a program, please complete our Outreach Request form below. We need at least two weeks notice for requests. There are times throughout the semester, due to clinical demand, that we may not be able to fulfill all outreach requests.

Outreach Services

Classroom, Residence Halls, and Group Programming
  • Body Image & Self-Acceptance
  • Assertiveness
  • Dealing with Depression
  • How Alcohol Impacts Your Brain & Mental Health
  • Self Esteem: Countering Negative Self-talk
  • Long Distance Relationships
  • Dealing with Homesickness
  • Anxiety – Is this Normal?
  • Stress Management
  • Relationships: Healthy vs. Unhealthy
  • Stimulants: From Caffeine to Adderall
  • Self-Injury
  • Mindfulness
  • Anger Management

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Suicide Risk Reduction
  • Risk Reduction Presentations available to classrooms and student groups as requested
  • Events held for National Suicide Prevention Week-early September
  • Co-coordinate the annual Walk For Hope in March geared to raise awareness of depression and suicide and encourage hope.  https://www.facebook.com/Walk.for.Hope.Harrisonburg

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Sexual Trauma Empowerment Program (STEP)

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International Students
  • 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 - http://www.jmu.edu/international/isss/index.shtml), English Language Learners Services (ELLS - http://www.jmu.edu/ells/index.shtml), and other offices on campus offices whose mission it is to serve international students at JMU

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Veteran Services
Domestic Underrepresented Groups of Students

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Peer Mentor Program

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Peer Assistant Program
  • Psychology 402 class for undergraduates provide a wide variety of workshops each semester
  • Workshops are considered Wellness Passport events
  • Workshop topics may include the following: 
    • Dealing with Difficult People
    • Long distance relationships
    • Assertiveness
    • Diversity Awareness
    • How to Help a Friend with an Eating Disorder
    • Intimacy in Relationships
    • Self-Esteem
    • Time Management
    • Depression in Men
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Understanding Destructive Relationships

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Here2Help
  • Distressed, Disruptive, and Potentially Dangerous Students presentation for JMU faculty and staff: Here2Help website

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