How to Make an Appointment
Call (309) 438-3655 or stop by room 320 of the Student Services Building to make an appointment. During your first appointment, a professional counselor will work with you to help you clarify your concerns and explore if ongoing counseling or other services are needed. All counseling services are confidential and provided without charge. Psychiatric consultations are also available to discuss issues related to medication.
Grief Counseling Available
SCS staff shares in grieving the loss of an Illinois State University student. We want students to know that grief counseling is available to any Illinois State students who are impacted by this recent death. Students can contact SCS at (309) 438-3655 to schedule an appointment. We also have resources available on our website http://counseling.illinoisstate.edu/self-help/grief.shtml. Please reach out if you are hurting. Grief should not be borne alone.
The Body Project (formerly Reflections)
The purpose of The Body Project is to help females establish and maintain a positive body image. An evidence based eating disorders prevention program, The Body Project endeavors to help participants resist the ultrathin, unrealistic ideal standard of female beauty prevalent in today's society. For more information or to schedule The Body Project for your group, contact Jenni Thome, Student Counseling Services as (309) 438-3655.
Help Students in Crisis: Helping Simulations from Kognito
How to Help
If you're like most of us, at some point you have seen a friend who is upset, withdrawn--"different than usual"--but haven't been sure how to talk to them about it. Kognito is an on-line simulation, in which you interact with student "avatars". You will gain experience, and valuable coaching, in how to approach a friend who is distressed. It's a great way to gather some tools and expereience in a safe way, so you will be ready when a friend is in need. It's free and quick--each simuation takes less than an hour. A little bit of your time can prepare you to have a powerful effect on someone who needs help. Three simulations are available: "At-risk" deals with students struggling with psychological distress; "LGBTQ" deals with students struggling with being gay on campus; and "Student Veterans" provides the best ways to approach student veterans.
To access the simuations, go to http://www.kognito.com/illinois, set up an account and start a simulation. It is recommended to start with the "At-risk" simulation. If you have urgent concerns about a friend and would like to consult, please contact Student Counseling Services at (309) 438-3655. If you have other questions, please contact Charles Titus Boudreaux, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.