What is Outreach?
Outreach as it sounds is our means of reaching outside the physical walls of the Counseling Center and engaging in the lives of those connected to our MSU community – students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, administrators and surrounding communities.
The outreach component of our services include a variety of programming and consultation activities in which Counseling Center staff are involved in awareness, education, prevention, and collaboration by providing informational services, workshops, campus-wide programming, consultation and student peer support among other ways of engaging our community.
In keeping with the MSU Counseling Center philosophy as ‘multiculturally-focused [and] inclusive,’ outreach is necessarily culturally sensitive and racially responsive with multiple outlets for collaboration and community engagement; In line with our public-health and wellness framework, outreach is a proactive, developmental and necessary intervention in prevention, focused on building awareness, reducing stigma and increasing help seeking behavior on our campus; and finally, outreach efforts modeled after our MSU Mission are “innovative, research-driven and lead to a better quality of life.”
Who Provides Outreach Services?
Outreach Services are provided through a broad range of Counseling Center staff and supporters. This may include student support (i.e. student volunteers, peer support, Active Minds membership), Masters and Doctoral level intern staff, along with senior clinical staff including those with state-issued licenses to provide psychological, counseling, marriage & family, social work, or psychiatric services. Any member of the Counseling Center can be involved in programming and consultation, including specialized outreach services provided by and in connection with the following groups:
- Core members of the Multi-Ethnic Counseling Center Alliance (MECCA)
- Staff and Volunteers involved with the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) Team
- Liaisons with the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS)
What Types of Prevention Outreach Services Are Provided?
Outreach Services can be divided into multiple areas with categories and examples provided below:
- Information Services: Informing others about our services and the general field of mental health and wellness, such as at resource fairs, orientation activities, and welcome receptions.
- Relationship Building: Establishing relationships with members of the MSU community and other communities, such as being present at community events, participating in community activities, and attendance at student conferences.
- Advising/Advocacy: Offering professional advice and advocacy to the MSU community through involvement in student group advising/sponsorship, university committee membership, faculty/staff associations, sexual assault response, and advocacy/education around cultural competence and racial responsiveness.
- Training & Education: Developing awareness, knowledge, and skills in the campus community, such as in guest lectures, panel presentations, workshop facilitation, and skill training.
- Consultation/Assessment: Providing professional consultation to the members of the campus community, such as consultation and collaborative assessments with residence education staff, academic departments, and public safety.
- Clinical Intervention: Facilitating individual and communal healing within the campus community, such as conflict mediation and critical incident debriefing.
- Individual or Group Counseling: Providing off-site individual or group counseling with voluntary informed consent.
Outreach – Programming Requests
We offer a wide range of programming through Outreach Services. Members of our staff can be available to facilitate a workshop or table an informational event for your student group, academic department, residential hall, campus or community program.
Common Workshop topics include:
- Counseling Center Information – overview of services
- Stress Management
- Time Management
- Sleep 101
- QPR – Suicide Awareness & Prevention
Wellness Workshops are also available on a drop-in basis at various locations throughout the academic year. Call in (517-355-8270) to find out when and where the next Wellness Workshop is offered.
Please click here to complete and submit the following programming request. You can expect to be contacted by a member of our outreach team to further review your request. Throughout the academic year, we do receive a large number of requests; to best accommodate your requests, we recommend submitting programming requests at least 3 weeks prior to your event date. Even if it is not possible for us to meet your request, we can likely be helpful in exploring alternative options.
Get Involved in Outreach!
Outreach extends beyond the physical location of the Counseling Center, involves our MSU Community as a whole and is far reaching and can help transform someone’s life with your support. Learn how to get involved in Outreach through programming, peer support, student volunteer and leadership opportunities. Please fill out the form above or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest and you will be contacted by an outreach team member.