GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNSELLING CENTRE

The primary function of the Counselling Centre is to help students release, develop or direct their personal capabilities. Through individualized personal counselling and a wide range of programmes, students are encouraged and helped to develop their own unique resources and thereby promote personal growth and intellectual development. The Centre also serves as a training centre for advanced students in a number of helping professions. Services will be offered free of charge to students in three basic areas. (See also UCC 2020, a course taught by the Counselling Centre titled "Applied Cognitive and Affective Learning Strategies for Undergraduate Students".)

Learning Enhancement Programmes

Through a number of short groups and structured activities, students may actively enhance their learning capabilities. Most of the learning programmes offered train participants to employ a number of organizational techniques to comprehend and, later, to recall important concepts. Specific programmes offered through the Centre apply these ideas to the areas of Speed Reading and Comprehension, Organizing Ideas for Term Papers and Essays, and Oral Communication.

Career Planning

An appropriate career choice appears to be a major contributor to students' satisfaction with their performance in university. The Career Planning Centre (UC 509) serves as a drop-in centre designed to help students in such areas as gathering information relevant to educational and career goals, performing self-exploration of career-related interests, clarifying values, acquiring more effective decision-making strategies, and developing both short- and long-term career plans. The Centre is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in summer) and is staffed continuously by counsellors and student paraprofessionals. Students are encouraged to stop in and acquaint themselves with the Centre's resources.

Individual and Group Counselling For Other Personal Concerns

In addition to individualized personal counselling, the Centre offers specialized group and/or training programmes. For many students such concerns as fear of testing, fear of asserting one's self and continued mental and physical stress can lead to poor academic performance or personal problems. These, and other such difficulties, can be dealt with on either an individual or group basis, depending upon the student wishes. The Counselling Centre routinely offers a variety of groups: Assertiveness Training, Developing Healthy Relationships and Test Anxiety. Other groups offered include both men's and women's support groups, counselling groups for women who have been sexually abused as children and groups for students experiencing grief or loss.

The Counselling Centre and the Career Planning Centre are located in the University Centre, and are open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (4:30 p.m. in the summer), Monday through Friday. All services are free of charge to students and appointments can be made in person (UC 516) or by telephone (737-8874).


Last modified on May 17, 2000 by MaryJane Puxley

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