Riding the Wellness Wave: Clarifying and Affirming the Role of Counseling Center Outreach on Today's Campuses”

This program examines and responds to the increasing trend in higher education of wellness centers and health promotion departments addressing issues of mental health and counseling center outreach.   For some outreach directors and coordinators, this trend adds a useful campus partner to help in meeting the many campus needs.  For others, it creates uncertainty about the role and value of the counseling center outreach units, while prompting questions of how to ensure  student needs are being addressed in a comprehensive and holistic manner.  This pre-conference workshop will offer participants a way to clarify and affirm their role, and facilitate interaction toward helping outreach directors articulate the unique contributions of counseling center outreach in this evolving higher education landscape. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe current outreach efforts in a historical context of outreach and prevention work within college counseling centers
  • List key components and models of outreach and prevention work within college counseling centers
  • Compare and contrast counseling center outreach work and efforts from well-being centers and health promotion departments in higher education
  • Identify specific language and strategy of counseling center outreach (e.g., the unique roles and expertise of counseling center professionals) in the promotion of overall student well-  being, resilience and thriving.

Featuring: Dr. Gary Glass; Director of Counseling and Career Services, Oxford College, Emory University with; Dr. Batsirai Bvunzawabaya; Interim Director of Outreach and Prevention Services, University of Pennsylvania;  Dr. Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir; Director of Outreach and Prevention Services, University of Central Florida; Dr. Rebecca Rampe; Staff Psychologist, Outreach Coordinator, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and Dr. Deidre Weathersby; Associate Director, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



The Association For University and College Counseling Center Outreach
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