Counselor Education Students Conduct Depression Screening for PSU Community
In October, several Counselor Education graduate students volunteered to conduct the semi-annual depression screening sponsored by PSU’s Counseling and Human Relations Center. The screening served approximately 60 Plymouth State students and staff and was held at the Hartman Union Building in Fireplace Lounge.
Participants were given an assessment questionnaire that screened for potential areas of concern with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Upon completion, participants were then matched with a graduate student volunteer who talked with them about their results and provided information about available campus and local professional support services.
Volunteering at these screenings is a great way for counselors-in-training to get hands-on experience and also raise awareness of counseling resources available to students, faculty, and staff. Professor Gail Mears, the Counselor Education and School Psychology program chair, has organized the event for more than five years. Professors Gary Goodnough and K. Hridaya Hall were also on hand to provide assistance.