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About the Counseling Center
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. We acknowledge that students achieve their unique qualities through interpersonal contacts, becoming aware of their own individuality, and realizing that they are capable of making responsible choices
What We Do
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.
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 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.
Counseling Center Staff
Melinda Miller, CAS, LHMC
Jennifer Polniak, LMHC
Erin Scoon, LMHC
James Sheppard, LCMHC, LMHC, LPC
Counseling Center Programs
Working with Student Health, Wellness Promotions, and Residence Life, the Counseling Center offers a variety of programming to help students learn a variety of healthy living lifestyles and coping techniques.
- Changing Your Perspective (Problem-Solving) - Using discussion and experiential problem-solving games and activities to teach students to take new looks at solving problems. Students are encouraged to think outside of the box.
- Physical Health = Mental Health - We will use a variety of games and activities as well as some discussion about mental health which can be promoted by physical activity and game playing. Emphasis will be placed on using activities as a means to increase mental health through balance and various levels of activity.
- The Beer Goggle Experience - Covered in this presentation is Binge Drinking and Alcohol Poisoning; signs and what to do! How does alcohol affect your body and grades? Beer goggles are used to demonstrate .08 BAC. Students walk the line using the goggles.
- Jeopardy - We have a new large game board. Game questions include a variety of topics including alcohol, other drugs, STD Awareness and more. Jeopardy can be themed for example: Valentines Jeopardy has a ”chocolate“ category and “Spring Break” Jeopardy has a “Fun in the Sun” category. Students rack up points to win.
- Reducing Stress - Stress screenings are given and participants score their own. Topics covered will include how to reduce stress, when the most stressful times of the day are and how to relax.
- Sexual Assault Awareness - We cover the alcohol and date rape connections. Staying with friends, date rape drugs, getting help and where to turn are all covered in this program.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder - S.A.D. - The class will focus on the awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder, including effects, conditions, and ways to overcome it.
- Stress Eating - This presentation will talk about situations and stressors that lead to eating as a coping mechanism for stress. Techniques and tips will be offered on how manage stress and healthy alternatives to eating as a way of coping.
- Time Management - Effective time management is a critical piece of a positive college experience. The presenter will offer strategies for improving time management and discuss what types of distractions can get in the way.
- Preparing for Finals - This a combination of “Reducing Stress” and “Time Management” geared to helping student be the most effective in preparing for end of the year projects and exams.
Campus Center 225
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, New York 13617
M - F: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm