Everyone needs someone to talk with at times. Counseling is a growth process through which students are helped to define goals, make decisions, and solve problems related to personal, social, academic, and career concerns.
Individual counseling offers the opportunity to talk one to one about whatever is on your mind and to explore your options. A psychologist or professional counselor can help you resolve personal difficulties and learn more about yourself. Counseling helps students to resolve personal and educational concerns, which may include:
Groups provide a safe environment in which you can experiment with new behaviors, improve communication skills, and receive feedback from other students with similar concerns and interests. The Counseling Center has an extensive Group Program with updated offerings each semester. Some groups focus on specific skills and themes while others provide support for specific groups of students. Some of the groups offered by the Counseling Center require that you complete an initial intake session with one of the group leaders in order to carefully assess appropriateness of the group for your needs. Other groups are considered "drop-in groups" and have no requirements for participation beyond current registration as an MSU student.
Some students are involved in both group and individual counseling/therapy.
• ANGER MANAGEMENT
Is anger hurting you and those around you? Angry feelings are a normal reaction that can be either harmful or helpful when expressed. In a safe, supportive environment this group will explore what activates anger and effective ways to communicate as well as manage anger. Additionally, participants will identify how they mask other feelings with anger and develop new ways to respond to emotional triggers in relationships. Wednesdays, 3-4:15 pm
• BUILDING SOCIAL CONFIDENCE
Do you feel uncomfortable in social situations? Does shyness interfere with your ability to enjoy your life? Does discomfort stop you from performing your best in class? Do you avoid situations where you feel judged by others? This group will help you learn and practice skills to build your social confidence. Tuesdays, 3-4:15 pm
• COMING OUT GROUP
A confidential support group for LGBT students anywhere in the coming out process. The group will provide a non-judgmental environment to discuss challenges regarding sexual orientation and gender identity and integrating these into many facets of one's life; a place to explore how to deal with social issues related to coming out in various contexts. This group is open to new and returning members. Thursdays, 3-4:15 pm
• CULTURE MATTERS
This is a drop-in support group for international students and for students with multiple ethnic identities (including children of immigrant parents). The group will discuss communication and cultural differences, homesickness, stereotypes, and other challenges--and advantages--faced by students from different cultures. Mondays, 3-4 pm
• MEN OF POWER
This is a workshop/discussion series for men to look at their goals, relationships, spirituality and anger management. The purpose of the series is personal empowerment and self awareness. Tuesdays, 11-am-12 pm
• MOOD MANAGEMENT through MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Are you prone to depression or anxiety? Do you want some practical help in the company of others who want to increase their emotional resilience? This group will include discussion, mutual encouragement, mindfulness practice and homework. Tuesdays, 12-1 pm
• SINGLE PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP
This group is for students who are single parents. The purpose of the group is to empower students to enhance personal growth and self-confidence, promote helath and well-being, share experiences, and to gain skills of parenting. Day/time TBA
SISTER TO SISTER
This is a workship series for women of the African Diaspora to explore and discuss issues that may affect them. The series is designed to offer a forum in a safe environment to increase healthy interactions with others and facilitate a healthy journey of self discovery. Tuesdays, 3-4:15 pm
BENEFITS OF BEING IN A GROUP
• Learn to communicate more comfortably and effectively
• Be less isolated as you work on your issues
• Identify and explore inner feelings
• Obtain feedback from others and learn about how you interact with and are perceived by others
• Learn from others' experiences
• Learn how to act on your own behalf
• Realize that you are not alone
• Offer support to others
• Receive support for trying new communication and ways of coping
Group members are expected to maintain confidentiality.
For one time sessions on some of these topics, see our Brown Bag Series.
DRUG (ALCOHOL) EDUCATION, PREVENTION, AND REFERRAL SERVICES
This office provides information, prevention-education, consultation, and referrals designed to enhance Drug/Alcohol awareness. Intervention efforts consist of drug/alcohol and psycho-educational workshops, and referrals to substance abuse agencies and support groups located on campus and in the community.
The Counseling Center provides consultation, information and referral services to students.
BACCHUS (Student Volunteer Organization)
Peer Education for Drug/Alcohol Prevention
Room 202 – Carter Grant Wilson Building
Phone: (443) 885-3056
BACCHUS (Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) offers peer education, prevention, intervention, and referrals