Counselor Education Community Events
On Tuesday, March 5, counselor education graduate students volunteered their time to conduct the Semi-annual Depression Screening, sponsored by PSU’s Counseling and Human Relations Center. The screening was held in the Hartman Union Building (HUB) and served approximately 80 PSU students and staff.
Participants completed a short assessment questionnaire that screened for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Graduate student volunteers discussed the questionnaire assessment answers one-on-one with participants. The volunteers also provided information about campus and local professional resources available for those in need of further assistance.
Depression screenings take place each fall and spring and benefit PSU faculty, staff, and students by providing an opportunity for counselors-in-training to gain hands-on experience, as well as by raising awareness within the community about available counseling resources.
Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: What Counselors Need to Know
On Saturday, April 5, PSU hosted the Fifth annual Diversity Institute – Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: What Counselors Need to Know. Coordinated by the counselor education and school psychology program, over 60 students, faculty, and area professionals were in attendance.
Dr. Helen O’Brien, a professor in PSU’s social work department, opened the afternoon with a presentation on parents who batter and the developmental effects on children who are exposed to domestic violence. Dr. Scott Hamilton, director of Ending the Violence, based in Dover, NH, spoke on men who batter, the effect of violence on men and boys, and the goals of intervention programs. Lisa Farmer, director of Plymouth’s Voices Against Violence, rounded out the afternoon with a presentation on the services provided by New Hampshire’s domestic violence safety network, which includes the Voices crisis center in Plymouth.
This year’s Diversity Institute dovetailed with Plymouth’s first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event. Designed to raise awareness and promote prevention of rape, sexual abuse, and gender violence, this public march is held internationally throughout the month of April. Over 250 faculty, staff, students, student athletes, sorority members, and community members turned out for this event. Traditionally, participants (including men) are encouraged to walk in high-heeled shoes, but due to cold and wet conditions, not many heels were in evidence.
University Police officer, Jennifer Frank, coordinated the march at PSU, with support from the SAGE center, Voices Against Violence, and PSU’s graduate counselor education and school psychology program. Counselor education and school psychology graduate students and faculty were among the marchers. Counseling practicum students also staffed an informational booth and conducted screenings aimed at increasing participants’ awareness of anger issues.
The Counseling and Human Relations Center is located across from Hyde Hall on the PSU campus. During the summer, they will be open Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment call (603) 535-2461.