The Counseling Center is located in the Campus Center Suite 225. Our three counselors have Master's Degrees and provide professional counseling services for students with personal, social, and emotional concerns. Students benefit by discussing any concerns that are important to them. The service is free and confidential.
In addition, the Counseling Center works to promote a safe and positive atmosphere on campus. Our goal is to create an environment which is conducive to learning and developing a healthy lifestyle. Workshops, educational programs and activities contribute to overall student development, acknowledging that students achieve their unique qualities through interpersonal contacts, becoming aware of their individuality, and realizing they are capable of making responsible choices.
Some students seek personal counseling, some request group discussions. The themes vary greatly. The following list summarizes the topics which are of most interest:
Emergency After Hours:
University Police - 386-7777
- Addictive tendencies
- Leadership skills
- Assertiveness training
- Lifestyle differences
- Conflict resolution
- Maintaining relationships
- Communication skills
- Psychological counseling
- Decision making
- Self esteem
- Eating disorders
- Grief counseling
- Stress Management
ASSESSMENT AND REFERRAL The Counseling Center is designed to provide short term, brief counseling. For individuals who require treatment or therapy beyond the scope of our staff, careful assessments/referrals are made to community based services/agencies.
THE SELF HELP LIBRARY The Counseling Center maintains an extensive collection of self-help and professional resources that students and staff utilize, including books, tapes, CDs, videos, workbooks and pamphlets.
TO CONTACT US To make an appointment with a counselor, you should phone the Counseling Center or stop by and speak with our secretary. We do not offer on-line counseling or advice and ask that you do not contact us via E-mail. This policy is intended to maintain the highest level of service and confidentiality of information.
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY If you have an emergency situation and require assistance, call University Police at 386-7777 or Reachout of St. Lawrence County, a 24-hour crisis center, at 265-2422.
FACULTY AND STAFF REFERRALS Frequently faculty and staff are the first members of the college community to notice a troubled student. You should consider referring students for counseling if their problems have compromised their ability to function academically, personally, or socially.
Some observable signs of student distress are procrastination and poorly prepared work, infrequent class attendance, lack of energy, falling asleep in class, marked changes in personal habits, use of drugs and alcohol, disjointed thoughts and speech, high levels of irritability, crying, threats to harm oneself or others. Some students leave distressing remarks in written assignments, on exams, and in E-Mails.
How can you intervene?
- talk to the student in private
- specifically state your reasons for concern
- listen carefully
- avoid criticizing or sounding judgemental
- discuss with the student that we have a confidential Counseling Service and the the counseling staff members are very good problem solvers
- offer to accompany the student to the Counseling Center (Campus Center 225)
- call to make a referral from your office so that the student will know what appointment times are available and the staff can determine the urgency of the request
- contact the Counseling Center if you have any concerns that you feel we should investigate
- contact University Police if it is clearly an emergency or during evening hours
Students have recommended these sites, however they are maintained by other organizations and SUNY Canton is not responsible for the information contained within them.
- Go Ask Alice! This site provides factual, straight-forward, and nonjudgmental information.
- Arthur Chickering's Developmental Stages
- Myers Briggs Personality Traits Inventories are available at the Counseling Center.
- Keirsy Bates Temperament Sorter Inventories are available at the Counseling Center.
- BRAVE Be Ready Against Violence Everywhere - Personal Safety Tips.
- Sober 24 A great information and support network to assist individuals in recovery.
- American Counseling Association Standards of practice and ethical guidelines for professional staff.
- AHEAD Accessibility standards for universities.
- Reachout of St. Lawrence County Crisis Information and Referral.
- Domestic Violence Information SUNY Canton's Safety Committee Informational Resource
- Frameline A website to support gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered people through media arts.
- Freedom to Marry A gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign Working for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered people.
- Out Proud The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgendered Youth.
- PFLAG Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians, Gays and Bi-sexuals.
- Social Support A support group for gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual youth.
- An On-line Magazine A support for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered Christians.
- Preventing Suicide A Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
- SPEAK Up A Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Kit.
- Stress Management Powerpoint Presentation.