2012 – 2013 Counseling Services Annual Report
Meeting Institutional Challenges
- Career counseling was provided to 390 students including 22 mock interviews.
- In 2011-2012, clinicians provided students 1,078 personal counseling sessions. 2012-2013 rose to 1,670, an astonishing increase of 55%.
- Psychoeducational and career-related class presentations provided information and training to 644 students.
- In the ninth full year of operation, the Career Services Management System Symplicity continued to grow. At the end of the 2011-2012 fiscal year, there were 3,810 student and alumni credentials registered on the system. During 2012-2013, that number has grown to 4,113, an increase of 8%.
- Employer registration on the Symplicity Career Services Management System remained strong. In 2011-2012, 2,253 companies were registered on the system. In 2012-2013, registrations increased to 2,745, an gain of nearly 22%.
Enhancing the Quality of Campus Life
- CCPS had three representatives elected to the UALR Staff Senate.
- Ms. Kweilin Wilson continues to serve as one of five voting members on the Catastrophic Leave Committee.
- Dr. Kirk served on the Green Dot Speakers Bureau.
- Participated in residence life training and psychoeducational presentations such as Behind Closed Doors, Brother to Brother, Woman to Woman, Stress Reduction, and Psychological Emergencies.
- Employer participation in the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Career Fairs (Career Connections Days) continued to regain ground increasing from a total of 94 to 96.
- CCPS continued to coordinate and facilitate the semi-annual GradFest events.
- Mr. Hyginus Ukadike continued to serve on the Chancellor’s Diversity Council.
- Dr. Mike Kirk continued to serve on the Chancellor’s Americans with Disabilities Council.
- Mr. A. Assadi served as Professional Mentor for AAMI.
- CCPS participated in the Fall Wellness Fair.
- CCPS participated in the Trojan Fest.
Noteworthy Unit Activities
- Mr. Hyginus Ukadike represented UALR on the Arkansas Collegiate Drug Education Committee (ACDEC).
- Staff provided career assessment interpretation and vocational information to the AAMI, AAFI programs.
- CCPS continued to collaborate with Tara Kittrell, APN, to provide students with access to psychotropic therapy.
- Mr. A. Assadi served as founding president of Toastmasters Class Act Chapter.
- Mr. A. Assadi served on the Staff Senate Issues and Concerns Committee.
- Dr. Kirk served on the Arkansas Association of College and Employers Board of Directors.
- Ms. Amy Muse designed an electronic documentation and data collecting system in Medicat for Counseling Services.
Challenges and Opportunities
- Economic conditions continue to have a negative impact on local employment opportunities for students and alumni.
- Said conditions also present extensive fiscal challenges to the university. Updating CCPS webpages with relevant and engaging information continues to be a challenge.
- Increased visibility and awareness of CCPS services has led to increased utilization and demand upon personnel and resources.
- We continuously reassess how to best meet clients’ needs with available resources.
- CCPS has successfully implemented numerous cost saving measures without negatively impacting the quality and availability of services to students, alumni and the community.
- Process has begun to shift to 100% counseling services.
Trends and Implications
- UALR students reflect the nationwide trend of increased emotional and psychiatric issues.
- To help meet these needs, CCPS continues to foster relationships with community partners which enhance the breadth and depth of our available services.
- In keeping with the overall UALR mission to embrace diversity, CCPS proactively engages in training, participates in events and seeks opportunities to work closely with various campus populations.
- Some examples include working closely with the students served by the Office of International Student Services and Disability Resource Center.
- CCPS seeks to work with traditionally under-served student populations such as the McNair Scholars, the AAMI, Student Support Services and the Academic Success Center.
- CCPS is building relationships to work more closely with students in the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps and those electing to live on campus.
- CCPS and Testing Services facilitated the Mental Health and Counseling National Benchmark Survey for the UALR student body.
- Kognito At-Risk Gatekeeper Training was brought to UALR in large part due to lobbying by CCPS.