2012 – 2013

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.