Annual Report 2016-17

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The mission of Counseling Services at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is to empower students to overcome barriers to their academic success by:

Providing counseling services for university students

Promoting a culture of community by fostering an atmosphere of caring

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Counseling Services keeps the following core values at the center of all initiatives, processes and services offered:

Safety • Support • Empowerment

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Our vision is that all UA Little Rock students will prioritize their mental health, regularly participate in self-care activities, and leave UA Little Rock better able to navigate life's many emotional challenges.

Promotes student development through intentional services, programming and structures

After several years of trying, Counseling Services finally got the Active Minds student organization off the ground. Four officers were elected and activities, supported by Counseling Services, were held throughout the fall and spring.

Discover UALR

Counseling Services assisted with the university's premier recruiting event Discover UALR on on October 7 and 28, 2016.

Wellness Wednesday

On November 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm, Counseling Services and Active Minds hosted approximately 30 people in the West Hall. The film, A Girl Like Her, on bullying and attempted suicide, was viewed followed by a discussion. A popcorn bar was provided by Counseling Services.

A Walk Out of the Darkness

On Sunday, November 6, 2016, members from Active Minds and staff from Counseling Services formed a team and participated in NAMI's A Walk Out of the Darkness. $300.00 was raised for NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness).

Stress Less Day for Fall 2016

Counseling Services and Active Minds collaborated to present Fall 2016 Stress Less Day. Two kiosks were set up on November 7th, one at a tent on the Housing Commons lawn and one at tables in the Donaghey Student Center (DSC). Fresh fruit and granola bars were given out along with literature on the importance of nutrition on mental health.

Stress Less for Spring 2017 - Twister Game

Active Minds hosted a second Stress Less Day on April 26th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. A giant Twister game was played and refreshments served as a stress reducer for the close of the Spring 2017 semester.

Suicide Prevention Week

Counseling Services facilitated the annual Suicide Prevention Week, September 19 - 21, 2016. The purpose was to educate about campus mental health resources, reduce overall stigma concerning behavioral health issues, and promote help seeking behavior. Participants engaged in activities that helped promote self-awareness and better understanding of the factors that influence our emotions and behaviors.

Group Therapy

Developed, implemented and facilitated by our Master of Social Work (MSW) clinical intern, the inclusive group was called Understanding Self and Others. It aimed at providing coping skills for symptoms of anxiety and depression through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and focused on a sense of community and growth. The group consisted of five regular members who met for nine sessions across the spring 2017 semester.

Athletic Life Skills

Counselors partnered with Amy Burgess and Athletics to offer a Life Skills Seminar to the athletes on January 31, 2017.

Employee Wellness Health Fair

Counselors assisted Health Services in the Employee Wellness Fair on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Encourages a healthy university community

National Depression Screening Day

Counseling Services teamed with the School of Social Work's student organization (SSWO) and the Student Nursing Association (SNA) to provide a free depression screening opportunity for the UA Little Rock campus community. Utilizing the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PhQ-9) to assess depressive symptoms, CS staff and the students provided assessments for 483 individuals on October 18, 2016. This year, Active Minds student organization participated by setting up an information booth and handing out Depression Sucks lollipops.

Eating Disorder Screening

Along with partners from UA Little Rock Social Work Organization, Student Nurse Association and UAMS Eating Disorders Clinic, Counseling Services provided eating disorder screenings for the UA Little Rock community on March 1, 2017. Assessment locations were the Donaghey Student Center and the Reynolds College of Business with 162 screenings completed.

Advocates for the excluded

Stamp Out Stigma Info Table and Bake Sale

Counseling Services assisted our Active Minds student organization with their first event, Stamp Out Stigma on October 3, 2016, the National Day Without Stigma. A table was set up in the DSC with information on mental health issues, Active Minds student organization membership, and Counseling Services. A cupcake bar bake sale raised funds for future events.

Active Minds Speakers Series

In an effort to destigmatize mental health issues and start an open conversation, Active Minds and Counseling Services hosted approximately 20 guests for the Active Minds Speakers Series. Approximately 20 guests joined us on Thursday, March 31, 2017. Due to its success, plans are to expand the event in the upcoming year.

Provides an environment in which students can pursue their educational goals

Vet Center Collaboration

In an effort to encourage students who are veterans to avail themselves of mental health counseling, Counseling Services hosted a Vet Center counselor monthly in our office. The hope was that having a mental health professional, who is also a veteran, would increase the number of those seeking services.

Clinical Intern Placement Site

Counseling Services served as a clinical internship site for UA Little Rock graduate students continuing the tradition as a training site for mental health practitioners. During both fall 2016 and spring 2017, we hosted interns from the School of Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling, and the Counselor Education program. Additionally, our psychiatric nurse practitioner served as proctor for a practicum student during the spring 2017 semester.

GradFest

GradFest is a one-stop shop event held twice a year for all graduating students.  During this event, students may take care of their graduation needs in one convenient location. Fall 2016 GradFest was October 12 and 13, followed by Spring 2017 GradFest on March 8 and 9, 2017. The Spring GradFest worked to coordinate activities with the university's career fair.

Other

ACDEC

The mission of ACDEC (Arkansas Collegiate Drug Education Committee) is to assist Arkansas college and university campuses in alcohol and drug abuse prevention and intervention programming. Counseling Services (CS) continues to support this endeavor by having a representative serve with this group of substance abuse professionals.

Fundraising

Counseling Services continued its fundraising efforts with approximately $3,000.00 donated to the UA Little Rock Food Pantry. Additionally, the department has continued to reach the 100% donation goal for the Campus Campaign.

Title IX Training Team

The director served as part of internal team to train UA Little Rock Title IX investigators. In particular, the topic presented was the psychological and neurobiological impact of sexual assault and trauma on those assaulted. All Counseling Services staff completed Title IX training in October, 2016.

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Counseling Satisfaction Survey

Counseling Services conducted a survey to evaluate the impact our services had in improving coping skills and retaining students. To accomplish this, access to a six-item survey was facilitated for students who attended an appointment during the month of March 2017. Overall, 45 of the 65 students invited to participate completed the survey resulting in a return rate of 69%.

Findings:

  • 73.3% of respondents indicated true or very true that Counseling Services led them to be more successful academically.
  • 52.3% of respondents indicated true or very true that Counseling Services helped keep them enrolled at UA Little Rock.
  • 86.1% of respondents indicated true or very true that they would return to Counseling Services if future assistance was needed.
  • 70.7% of respondents ranked online tools and resources as the area of Counseling Services most in need of improvement.

Based upon these results, Counseling Resources will work to improve the quantity and quality of web-based resources such as assessments, social media presence, and scheduling tools available to students.

"I would not have survived school if it weren't for the counseling center. It was definitely the #1 service offered at this school that contributed to me succeeding in school and graduating. UALR has the best counseling services I have ever encountered in any university (I've been to 7 different schools)........Overall these services were life saving to me and I could not be more grateful for the help I received."

Anonymous open ended response on Spring 2017 Counseling Satisfaction Survey

"I received prompt service. When I was in crisis, the counseling center provided me an appointment within a couple days.......I was treated with the utmost respect, I had a counselor who was knowledgeable, great customer service and location, and I felt like that was a safe environment for me to self-disclose."
Anonymous open ended response on Spring 2017 Counseling Satisfaction Survey

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  • Expand Interactive Screening Program
  • Increase website services and social media presence
  • Continue to develop Active Minds Student Organization (2nd year)
  • Host semiannual Speakers Series (fall and spring)
  • Clinical training by Dr. Albert Kittrell
  • Training for staff in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Convert Student Services Center 118G (formerly the Career Development Center) to be used for mindfulness/relaxation and group therapy
  • Renovate and furnish new reception and waiting rooms (formerly Veterans Affairs)
  • Explore possibility of of moving one counselor to Campus Living
  • Explore possibility of housing Emily Durham from Employee Assistance Program in Counseling Services' offices twice per month
  • Expand Student Satisfaction Survey to twice per year (fall and spring)
  • Move GradFest responsibilities from Counseling Services to a more closely-aligned department

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Our Numbers

  • 2,274 Individual Clinical Appointments
  • 483 individuals screened on National Depression Screening Day
  • 162 individuals screened during Nationals Eating Disorders Week
  • Average of 7-8 individuals at each group therapy Discovering Yourself and Others
  • 700+ students contacted through event programming

Our Events and Collaborations

  • Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 GradFest
  • New Student Orientation
  • International Student Orientation
  • Career Fair at Forest Heights Middle School
  • Wellness Fair with Health Services
  • 4th Annual Suicide Prevention Week
  • Title IX Training Team
  • Trojan Wars
  • RA Trainings (Various Mental Health trainings)

Continuing Education

  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling Training
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training
  • ArSAA (Arkansas Student Affairs Association) Conference
  • AUCCCD (Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors) Conference

Committees

  • ACDEC (Arkansas Collegiate Drug Education Committee)
  • Trojan Wars Committee
  • UALR Works Committee (Hyginus Ukadike won Best Supervisor)
  • Student Affairs 360 Performance Evaluation Committeee
  • Student Affairs Holiday Celebration Planning Committee
  • Student Affairs ATF (Affirmation Task Force)
  • CADA (Chancellor's Committee on the Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Chancellor's Diversity Council
  • Trojan Touchstones Committee
  • Campus Campaign Committee
  • Wellness Committee