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“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 help empower students to develop the awareness, values, and skills they will need to meet future challenges and lead vital, meaningful lives.”

Outreach Services

Classroom, Residence Halls, and Group Programming

  • Learning to Handle Stress and Anxiety

  • Procrastination

  • Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

  • Body Image

  • Finding Greater Purpose and Meaning in Life

  • Emotional Stability

  • Social Anxiety

  • Diversity Awareness

  • Dealing with Difficult People

  • Assertiveness

  • Resliency and Coping Skills

Suicide Risk Reduction

  • Risk Reduction Presentations available to classrooms and student groups as requested

  • Events held for National Suicide Prevention Week-early September

Sexual Trauma Empowerment Program (STEP)

International Student

  • 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

Veteran Services

Domestic Underrepresented Students

Peer Mentor Program

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


If you would like to request such a program, please complete the
 Outreach Request Form.

Our staff would be happy to help you with any further areas of concern. We also take requests for additional programs and presentations. Programs can be tailored for the needs of the intended audience. When making special requests, please keep in mind that additional time may be needed to develop the program. Please give us at least 2 weeks advance warning so that we are able to prepare and schedule that time out. Please also understand that, due to the exceptionally high demand for counseling services during the academic year, the Counseling Center may not be able to fulfill all requests for outreach programming.

Specific to requests to interview Counseling Center staff, due to confidentiality reasons, videotaping or taking pictures will NOT be allowed in the Counseling Center. If you need to videotape or take pictures as part of the interview, please be aware that you will be asked to book a room outside of the counseling center for the interview to take place. If you have questions on how to book a room, please ask and we can provide you with support in terms of who to contact to get this done.

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires all university employees to report disclosures of sexual harassment and sexual assault to the Office of Equal Opportunity in an effort to foster and maintain an environment free from sex discrimination and so that the university can provide a prompt and effective response.  Most JMU faculty, staff, and student employees must abide by these requirements.  As staff members of the Counseling Center, we are exempt from Title IX reporting requirements, and communications with our clients are privileged by law; therefore, we will discuss Title IX implications with faculty, staff, family members, and students as necessary while serving as clinicians for students directly impacted by sexual trauma.  If we are asked to attend a campus event where survivors may be identified, we will provide support and resources.