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 programs, 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.
Through a number of short groups and structured activities, students may actively enhance their learning capabilities. Most of the learning programs offered train participants to employ a number of organizational techniques to comprehend and, later, to recall important concepts. Specific programs 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.
An introduction to cognitive and affective learning strategies and techniques with an emphasis on the application of these techniques in the students' own learning repertoires together with an overview of relevant research from cognitive psychology and related fields. Topics covered will include information processing, memory, forgetting, problem solving, metacognition, general and specific learning strategies, learning styles, and affective strategies (3 credit hours).
In addition to individualized personal counselling, the Centre offers specialized group and/or training programs. For many students the 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's 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.
A psycho-educational assessment program is offered on a fee-for-service basis for students seeking academic accommodations.
The Counselling Centre is located in the Smallwood Centre, and is open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 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 at UC5000, or by telephone (709) 737-8874, or email at email@example.com, or by visiting the website at www.mun.ca/counselling/home/psychoed.php.
The Blundon Centre coordinates on-campus services for students with disabilities and those with short-term illnesses and injuries. Services and accommodations include: assistance arranging alternative accommodations for tests and exams (medical or psycho-educational documentation is required), access to adaptive technology and software, orientation of new students, in-servicing of faculty and staff regarding disability issues and special accommodations, note-taking assistance (NCR paper), provision of keys to wheelchair elevators and lifts on campus, and a liaising network between students, faculty, staff, and community groups. Copies of the Campus Physical Accessibility Guide and Partnerships to Access Learning: a resource guide for students with disabilities, faculty and service providers are available. The Glenn Roy Blundon Centre is located at UC4007. For further information, contact the Blundon Centre at (709) 737-2156 (Voice), (709) 737-4763 (TTY), email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the website at www.mun.ca/student/disabilities.
The Campus Ministries is currently comprised of chaplains representing the Anglican/United, Salvation Army, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic denominations. Campus Ministries attempts to provide resources, guidance and support for members of the university community. The chaplaincy also seeks to bring a faith dimension to contemporary issues such as peace, justice, technology and science. The chaplains offer individual pastoral counselling as well as joint programs including weekly workshops, discussion groups, social activities and worship opportunities. Schedules of events are available from the chaplains or from the Internet at www.mun.ca/student/campusmin. Campus Ministries is located at UC4010.
Wellness Education co-ordinates a broad range of health and wellness services for the student community. Our main mission is to raise awareness to the many self-care skills needed for all. Our programs consist of the peer helper program and the many other outreach events organized by this office. Located in the Counselling Centre, wellness education works with in collaboration with various campus and community organizations to help facilitate wellness promotion at the University.
Inquiries may be made in-person at UC5002A, by telephone to (709) 737-2659, or through the website at www.mun.ca/counselling/student_wellness.