Services Offered

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:    

 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:

  • Relationships with family, friends, romantic partner, or roommate
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Anger and interpersonal conflicts
  • Depression, loneliness, shyness
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Sexual issues and decisions
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Alcohol and drug related problems
  • Adjusting to a  new environment
  • Personal crises
  • Difficulties with study skills
  • Time management
  • Motivation
  • Choices about majors and careers
  • Communication with instructors 

  Group Counseling:
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.

Groups Offered

• ADULT CHILDREN OF SUBSTANCE ABUSERS:
The abuse of alcohol and other drugs in the family greatly affects its members. Children tend to take on adult responsibilities early and may have trouble trusting others. This support group will allow participants to discuss the effects on them of substance abusing parents.

• ALL ABOUT YOU
This group is designed to help students become more aware of and identify the patterns in their lives that contribute to the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may keep them stuck. In a confidential and nonjudgmental environment, students will learn more healthy ways to communicate and better ways to cope with life circumstances. In addition, students will learn to develop a better sense of self.

• 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.

• BLACK WOMEN'S SUPPORT GROUP
This group will be an eight week workshop series for Black women. This series is designed to offer a forum for discussion of issues pertinent to Black women by increasing healthy interaction among and between participants, facilitating a healing journey of self-discovery and providing a safe environment to share and discuss personal concerns.

• 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.

• 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 your sexual orientation; 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.

• DEALING WITH GRIEF AND LOSS
Grief is a normal, healthy reaction to loss of someone or something we value. There are a variety of ways people respond to loss. With support and time, grief can promote the healing process. Come to this group to share the stages you have gone through in grieving and get support from others with similar experiences.

• EMBRACING MORGAN'S DIVERSITY
This is a support group for students whose ethnicity, race, religion, disability or other identity makes them feel out of the mainstream at MSU.

• FOR SENIORS ONLY
Many students experience a great deal of stress in their senior year, with the prospect of leaving friends and the structure of college life and planning for life after graduation. This group can help students face the unique stressors of senior year: big decisions, big changes, and facing the unknown.

• GETTING AHEAD OF PROCRASTINATION
This group is designed for people who are having trouble getting things done! In a supportive environment, during the course of eight weeks, group members will examine why and how they procrastinate as well as methods they can use to get started, reduce negative self-talk, stay focused and get moving.

• 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.

• SURVIVING A BREAK-UP
This group will help students recover from the sadness, hurt and anger after a relationship has ended and plan essential steps to find support, take care of themselves physically and emotionally, and learn from their relationship experience .

• SURVIVING YOUR FAMILY
Do you consider your family of origin dysfunctional in some way? In this group, talk about the challenges your family created for you and the strengths you've had to develop to become emotionally independent.

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