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The Oasis: JMU's Stress-Free Getaway

The Oasis

The Counseling Center created The Oasis, a new relaxation center in their office, to provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to manage their stress and anxiety.
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ROCKeD to the core

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A life-threatening turn of events leads to a positive change.
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The Top 10 Concerns of JMU Students
The top 10 concerns of JMU Students and suggestions to address them.

We Are Needed...Reducing the Risk of Suicide at JMU
Any member of the JMU campus community may come into contact with someone struggling with thoughts of suicide. Being aware of distress signals, ways to intervene, and sources of support for the student can help us respond more effectively to such situations.

Disturbing Content in a Student's Academic Work
Learn to better assess and conceptualize troubling content in a student's work, develop effective intervention strategies, access supportive campus resources, and balance freedom of expression with public safety.

Responding to Dangerous Students
Learn about the frequency of violent behavior on college campuses (including that directed at faculty), how to identify potentially violent students, and how to both prevent violence and respond when prevention efforts fail.

Coping with Disruptive Students in the Classroom
Learn to confidently and safely address disruptive student behavior using effective, legally-sound strategies.

Helping a Distressed Student
Learn about the common causes and signs of student distress and strategies for assisting and referring distressed students to professional counseling at the Counseling Center.

Please Talk Amongst Yourselves
Learn about the laws protecting student privacy, the exemptions that permit the disclosure of information when there is a concern for student safety, and the importance of sharing information with JMU professionals who can help assess and address the situation.

Client Confidentiality and Your Student
Counseling frequently involves the disclosure of sensitive personal information, and confidentiality is essential to the relationships the Counseling Center establishes and maintains with our clients.

Common College Issues - How Parents Can Help
Student complaints and worries are often dismissed with "this is the best time of your life" speeches and warnings about how "it's a lot tougher in the real world." Read this article to find out what could be more helpful to your student.

The Freshman Year - When The Training Wheels Come Off
The day parents leave their son or daughter on campus, especially for the first time, is perhaps both the happiest and saddest day of the academic year. Read more about making this major life transition.

Counseling Connections
How to enroll in JMU Counseling Center's New Student Support Program.

Developing Positive Relationships with Professors
Advice for cultivating positive relationships with your professors

Tips for Family Visits
Advice for family visits

Advice From Seniors
Recent JMU Grads were asked: Looking back on your academic career at JMU, what is one piece of advice you would give to incoming freshman that you wished you had received? Read what they said.