Conference Sessions

 All session times will be assigned and announced in the near future.  All sessions will take place virtually - all times listed are Eastern:

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

12:30 - 2:00 PM EST

Signature Panel Program:

Title: Postvention in the COVID-19 Era: Expansion and Adaptation of Outreach in the Support of our Campus Communities

Deidre Weathersby, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Outreach and Prevention
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kelly Greco, Psy.D.
Assistant Director for Outreach and Prevention Services
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Southern California

Yvonne Langdon-Maduekwe, Ph.D. CGP
Assistant Director / Director of Outreach
The Florida State University

Erica Lennon, Psy.D.
Assistant Director for Outreach
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling Center
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Description:   In the past few months, all of us have been called upon as outreach professionals to quickly adapt and expand our outreach services to continue to support our campus communities remotely.  This program will explore the challenges confronted by outreach professionals including shifting of services to remote delivery (including ethical and legal considerations), care for the caretaker, attending to greater campus and community expectations, and considerations in the return to campus with reference to the recently released ACHA guidelines.  

Learning Objectives:

1.      Participants will learn new and innovative means of delivering counseling center virtual outreach

2.      Participants will increase their knowledge around the ethical and legal considerations in delivering virtual outreach services. 

3.      Participants will increase their knowledge of how to deliver virtual outreach in the COVID-19 era in line with national guidelines recently released by the American College Health Association.

2:15 - 3:15 PM EST

De-Programming:  Shifting Toward an Influencer-Consultant Model of Outreach


Gary Glass - Oxford College of Emory University
Topic: Wellness and Prevention

Instructional Level: Intermediate

This session introduces outreach materials and strategies that focus on shifting campus culture by broadening the way mental health is narrated and addressed on campus.  Shifting away from "promoting mental health" toward "changing mentalities and mindsets," this program will illustrate how the expertise of counseling center professionals can be applied to broader institutional initiatives such as leadership development, academic advising, new student orientation, and other Student Affairs efforts, resulting in macro-level change for campus communities.   The session will provide a broad framework to guide outreach efforts as well as specific objectives that align with most goals in the landscape of higher education.  While programming must remain a significant component of counseling center outreach, this approach relies less on scheduled presentations and programs and more on strategies to identify and capitalize on key opportunities and campus change agents to promote goals of fostering a therapeutic-campus. Examples of consultations, training sessions, and micro-interventions having an impact on the campus community will be provided. The approach described in this session is informed by research-supported approaches that emphasize values alignment and cognitive therapies that are highly conducive to outreach strategies, such as ACT, DBT, and systems-theory and other social-deconstruction and critical theories.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will translate at least one of the strategies introduced in the program to their campus community
  • Participants will be able to list core assumptions of strategic outreach consultation toward campus interventions
  • Participants will be able to list at least 2 goals of strategic outreach consultation that overlap with broader Student Affairs or institutional goals/priorities
  • Participants can articulate how strategic outreach supports broader counseling center goals, including clinical service delivery and/or training programs.

Presentation Materials:
Deprogramming PowerPoint

3:30 - 4:30 PM EST

Addressing Trauma: Building Capacity in our Campus CommunitiesA


Soumya Madabhushi - University of Pennsylvania
Marian Reiff - University of Pennsylvania

Topic: Wellness and Prevention
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Mental health struggles among college populations are increasing, and just as counseling centers are feeling the pressures of increasing demand and acuity, so are some of our campus partners. Research has demonstrated the ubiquity of trauma, and the short- and long-term impacts of exposure to adverse experiences in childhood and later during the life span. These traumas and mental health struggles are not only part of our students' reality but also of the staff and faculty that work with and support these students in their college journeys. There is need therefore for individual, group, and community level interventions to help our communities build capacity to extend support for one another; and to enable individual and community healing and growth. We will share examples of group level interventions undertaken, the positive impact noted, and lessons learned. We will discuss a yoga intervention tailored for trauma survivors to help foster individual healing. We will also address the variety of groups on campus (such as academic advising staff, students in nursing, social work, law etc.) to whom we have delivered psycho-educational trainings on trauma, as well as experiential workshops on vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, emphasizing building individual resilience and caring compassionate communities.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Identify the prevalence and impact of trauma among college student populations.
  • Explain importance of comprehensive approaches that include public health approaches in addressing trauma on college campuses.
  • Describe examples of group level interventions to address trauma.
  • Generate ideas for implementation on their home campus.

Presentation Materials:

Addressing Trauma PowerPoint

Thursday, June 18, 2020

12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

Our call to action: Outreach with marginalized communities during a pandemic 

Batsirai Bvunzawabaya - University of Pennsylvania CAPS
Reena Sheth - University of Michigan CAPS
Soumya Madabhushi - University of Pennsylvania CAPS
Shawn Blue - Jefferson University

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our college campuses in significant ways both in terms of physical and psychological health. The pandemic has also brought to the surface the international and U.S. based inequities (Alvarez, Liang, Neville, 2016) within our society. Counseling center outreach teams are poised to identify and respond to the minority mental health concerns in this remote learning environment (Ainslie, 2013; French, 2020; Neville, 2017). This session will focus on the challenges present in providing effective outreach programming to marginalized student communities and will provide some tools to address the mental health needs of our students. The impact of the pandemic on outreach professionals and ways of providing support to each other will also be discussed.


  • Identify challenges to providing effective outreach to marginalized student communities on campus.
  • Identify outreach related strategies that your center has developed in meeting minority mental health concerns related to the pandemic.
  • Identify strategies that provide support to outreach professionals immersed in outreach for marginalized student communities.

Presentation Materials:

Our Call to Action PowerPoint

1:45 - 2:45 PM EST

A Path Forward for Outreach: Infusing Mental Health in the Classroom


Janice Harewood - Georgia Tech Counseling Center
Julia Rizzo - Georgia Tech Counseling Center

Topic: Wellness and Prevention
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Innovative mental health programming is imperative to meet wellness demands on college campuses, especially at STEM institutions where students may have less exposure to mental health information in the classroom. The Georgia Tech community focuses on creative, community-oriented mental health initiatives, including initiatives involving faculty and staff. Using institutional data and curriculum infusion research, the Counseling Center, in collaboration with Student Government Association and the Center for Academic Enrichment, developed a mental health resource for infusion into the first-year and transfer student seminars. The goals of the curriculum infusion program were to increase awareness about mental health issues and resources for incoming students, equip instructors to support students' mental health needs, and enhance the well-being of students and the campus community. This presentation will detail the process, from inception to implementation and assessment, of developing a research-based mental health curriculum infusion pilot program. Attendees will explore the role of curriculum infusion as a method for expanding access to mental health information on campus to enhance community well-being; describe the development and implementation of a curriculum infusion program for first-year and transfer student seminars; and, discuss the implications of equipping non-clinical faculty and staff to provide mental health support for students.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Explore the role of curriculum infusion as a method for expanding access to mental health information on campus to enhance community well-being.
  • Describe the development and implementation of a curriculum infusion program for first-year and transfer student seminars.
  • Discuss the implications of equipping non-clinical faculty and staff to provide mental health support for students.

Presentation Materials:

A Path Forward PowerPoint

3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Spread the Word: Capitalizing on opportunities to teach mental health literacy


Harry Warner - The Ohio State University

Wellness and Prevention
Instructional Level: Foundation

As Outreach professionals in College Counseling Centers we are often asked to provide an overview or orientation of our services to various contingencies. Traditionally, these presentations have primarily focused solely on the "Counseling Center" and how to access clinical services. This presentation will provide rationale and an outline for responding these overview requests and expand the objectives to include a broader focus on mental health literacy, resource identification, and planning for positive mental health.  Many counseling centers have responded to the increasing demand for services by introducing stepped care models, multi-modal services, greater emphasis on peer education, and collaborative campaign efforts. Still, students, families, staff, and faculty have the opportunity to expand their awareness of how to engage in mental health approaches across a continuum of available resources.   Our hope is that participants leave this presentation with increased ability to provide psycho-education to our campuses regarding access to mental health and wellness resources. Specific "takeaways" from this session will include: 1) Rationale for creating a tailored "mental health overview" 2) Example outlines, interactive tools, and digital/web based media to reproduce this presentation on home campuses.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Describe current trends and rationale for educating college campus communities for improved mental health literacy.
  • Design presentations geared towards enhancing the help-seeking efforts of the college student population aiming to improve mental health outcomes.
  • Utilize technology and design to facilitate communication of mental health resources and psycho-education strategies.

Presentation Materials:
Spread the Word PowerPoint
CCS Overview Activity Handout
ulture of Care Video
ental Health Strategies Video Series

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