What is Outreach?
The Counseling Center at the UCTC also offers support through various presentation services to UO academic departments, student organizations, campus programs, and student affairs departments. These presentations are collectively referred to as "outreach" and represent our commitment to students' education and our campus partnerships. Our staff have expertise in a wide range of mental health issues including:
- Supporting students in distress
- College mental health
- Students experiencing suicidal thoughts
- Anxiety and depression
- Trauma and abuse
- Alcohol and substance use
- Body image and eating disorders
- Severe mental health issues (e.g., Bipolar disorder, Personality Disorders)
- Relationship and family concerns
- Academic and career-related concerns
Outreach presentations can be tailored to the specific needs of your organization and may take the form of informational presentations, interactive workshops, event tabling, and many other formats. If you are unsure whether we can accommodate your request, just ask! To request an outreach presentation or discuss options, please see our outreach request page for more information.
Our staff have years of experience working with UO faculty and staff departments on various topics beyond mental health issues. Organizational development outreaches offered in the past have covered topics such as:
- Effective communication
- Group dynamics
- Mindfulness and self-care
- Multicultural issues
- Social justice
The UCTC welcomes opportunities to assist your organization with identifying problems and solutions, improving communication, team-building, exploring new perceptions, and developing plans to address long-term challenges. Specific examples of UCTC's past organizational developments and campus consultations include:
- Consultation with faculty, parents, and students in determing how to support students in crisis (e.g., Res-Life, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Graduate School)
- Collaborating to provide support to underrepresented students (e.g., Queer Students of Color Support Group in partnership with the LGBTESSP)
- Conducting interactive workshops with staff on effective communication
- Providing presentations and workshops on identifying/preventing staff burnout
- Integrating diversity issues in the workplace
- Developing crisis debriefings and campus memorials in collaboration with faculty following student deaths
Our Commitment to Collaboration
The UCTC works with many departments and organizations throughout the academic year. We are dedicated to developing strong, collaborative relationships with our campus partners and view these as a vital form of connection to the broader UO community. This collaboration allows us to provide updated information regarding UCTC services to our campus partners and disseminate helpful information concerning the mental health and developmental needs of UO students. We are always aiming to increase student access to valuable services as well as reduce stigma surrounding mental health treatment. Our collaborative relationships also keep us informed of the many useful, supportive student resources across campus. Departments and organizations benefit from having increased familiarity with the UCTC during emergencies or events impacting the mental health of the UO community.
Lastly, the UCTC welcomes and encourages UO departments and organizations to contact us with any concerns/feedback, any perceived holes in the UCTC's service offerings, or other campus needs of which we might not be aware. Our hope is to support the well-being of the UO community in any way we can.