Guide to Counseling at UMSL
Do I Need Counseling?
What to Expect From Counseling
When to Seek Counseling
Thoughts For Parents
Making an Appointment
Help a Friend
Suicide Prevention Information
Faculty and Staff
How to Refer a Student
Reaching Out To Troubled Employees
Services for Faculty and Staff
"Don't Cancel Class"
How to Deal with Disruptive Students
Intervening with "Troubled/Troubling" Students
Requesting a Presentation
“Don’t Cancel Class Program”
Information About Us
Meet the Staff
Internship and Practica
Internships at Counseling Services
Thoughts for Parents of New UMSL Students
Counseling Services offers workshops that address a wide variety of issues and can be presented, upon request, to clubs, student organizations, residence halls, sororities and fraternities, or faculty/staff. Each month’s Outreach topic focuses on a different threat to students’ mental health. (CALENDAR LINK) Don’t see a workshop below that meets your needs? No problem, workshops can be individually designed to meet the needs of a group. To request a workshop, you may call or stop by our office during regular business hours. We also accept online workshop requests.
An introduction to the basic concepts of assertion: learning to express what you need, want, like, dislike, and feel in appropriate ways, while maintaining respect for the other person.
Back to School (for returning students)
Returning to school after many years of being away can present unique problems: lack of confidence, difficulty managing time, and feeling like ‘a fish out of water’ when compared to the traditional aged students. This is a workshop that can energize returning students by identifying existing strengths they may use in this new environment, learning how to wear several ‘different hats’ at the same time, and doing all of this in the company of other returning students.
Learn skills that help resolve conflicts that arise when one person's wants interfere with those of another. This is a good way for conflicting parties to learn skills together, at the same time and in the same setting.
Dealing with Difficult People
Learn ways to actively listen to others, to understand what they mean and to communicate with others in ways which make the situation win/win. This workshop can be tailored to the ‘difficult people’ you have to deal with on a regular basis.
Being a good communicator is very important in today's world. This workshop will teach the essential components of effective communication. Learn how to deliver a clear message and to become an empathic listener.
This workshop explores some key ingredients of successful relationships. Communication skills will be taught, and tips on ‘fighting fair’ and managing conflict will be discussed. This workshop can be designed to meet the specific needs of an audience.
Take some time out of your hectic day to ‘be’ in the present moment. Mindfulness meditation is based on the theory that a habitual focus on the past (memories, rumination) or the future (anticipating, planning) deprives us of truly living our lives. Life can only be found in the present moment. This workshop provides an introduction to the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation.
Participants will learn to identify stressors, challenge irrational beliefs systems and become familiar with techniques such as conscious muscle relaxation, to help cope with stress.
Team Building using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
For groups who want to strengthen their abilities to work as a team. The workshop will help participants identify key characteristics of their personalities and learn how varied individual strengths can be used in work settings.
Taking a test or performing before a group of people may sometimes immobilize you. Anxiety can keep you from doing your best. This workshop will show you how thoughts affect behavior, how to change those thoughts and how to do as well as you would like to do.
Additional presentation topics offered:
- Being a Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Ally
- Body Image
- Depression and Suicide- Warning Signs and Interventions
- Eating Disorders- Helping a Friend
- Healthy Eating- For International Students
- Listening Skills
- Making Friends on Campus
- Multi-Cultural Issues
- Sexual Assault Prevention
- Relationships and Media Messages