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Counseling Services

The mission of the Georgia Southwestern State University Counseling Center is to enhance the academic and personal experience and success of all students by providing a variety of counseling services to students and the greater campus community. The Counseling Center accomplishes its mission by offering services that facilitate students' personal development; assisting in the alleviation, remediation, and prevention of distress; as well as providing services that educate students in ways that develop self-awareness, self-reliance, and self-confidence. These services are offered with respect for others, appreciation of individual differences, and compassion.

Many students realize that stress is interfering with their personal and academic goals and seek counseling services on their own. However, faculty, teaching assistants, and university staff are often the first to recognize that a student may not be functioning well academically and/or emotionally. Students may turn to you because of your position and the respect they hold for you as a faculty or staff member. Faculty/staff often handle these difficult situations themselves. While the number of such contacts may be small, their significance is not.

You are in an excellent position to spot the emotionally troubled student. This may be as a result of your position as an administrative assistant, dean, receptionist, or faculty/staff member. You may observe that at certain times of the year, particularly during examinations and holidays, students experience increased anxiety. The student's behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your experience of him/her, could well constitute an inarticulate attempt to draw attention to his/her plight, a "cry for help."

Beyond the support you can provide, there are also professional support services available to students through the Counseling Center. The Center staff are available to meet with students and to consult with Staff and Faculty about providing the help that students may need. Please click here for any additional information or questions that you may have.  

Faculty, Staff, and Students may use the Referral Form to express any concern they may have about someone on the Georgia Southwestern State University Campus. No concern is too small. If you think something is wrong please reach out and let us decide what action is needed. All referrals are confidential. 

If you would like a downloadable document with tips specific for GSW, please click Tips for Helping Stressed Students for Staff and Faculty (DOCX).

 

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