Monday, May 28, 2018

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Trauma and Stigma

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Violent or fatal car crashes, sexual assault, near drowning, and experiences of terrorism. These are all examples of traumatic incidences which we may confront. Life is messy, and we sometimes we face situations or events which we wish we could forget. What do we do if we face these sometimes life-shattering events? Who will listen? How do we cope? Questions like these may come up as we realize how much of an impact traumatic events can have on our lives. Let’s talk about the process we sometimes go through before seeking help.

Dr. Stige and his colleagues (2013) interviewed several women who had experienced traumatic events and found some common themes encountered on their road to seeking help. First, we may use coping techniques to deal with trauma and avoid reaching out to those around us for support. We may fear what others might think of us and believe that we should be able to handle things on our own. Perhaps we feel like we need to use these strategies instead of seeking help in order to be brave, strong, or complete.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

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Clinic Will Not Be Accepting New Clients This Summer

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The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will be closed between May 3 and May 15 in accordance with the University of Southern Mississippi’s schedule. When we re-open on May 15, we do not anticipate being able to accept new clients until August.

The number of counselors available to provide services during the summer months is considerably lower than during the fall and spring. To make sure we can continue to meet the needs of our current clients during this time, it is unlikely that we will be unable to accept new clients until sometime in August. We will post an announcement here as soon as we can resume accepting new clients.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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Safe Drinking for College Students

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Are you a college student who has experienced adverse consequences after a night of drinking? You are not alone. Anywhere from 16-38% of college students reported binge drinking (i.e., drinking five or more drinks in a row) in the past two weeks (Schulenberg, Johnston, O'Malley, Bachman, Miech, & Patrick, 2017), and close to 3.7 million college-age adults in the United States have been diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder (Ahrnsbrak, Bose, Hedden, Lipari, & Park-Lee, 2017).

These high numbers are not without dangerous consequences. In the year 2014 alone, 2,614 college students lost their lives as a result of an alcohol-related traffic incident, and alcohol overdose hospitalizations have risen 26% since 1998 (Hingson, Zha, & Smyth, 2017). Recent research has found a series of strategies that have been associated with less alcohol intake as well as less negative alcohol-related consequences, known as protective behavioral strategies (Treloar, Martens & Mccarthy, 2015).

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Friday, February 23, 2018

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Counseling Psychology Doctoral Students Match for 2018 Internships

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We just learned that all of five of the doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi obtained internship placements for 2018. This is a highly competitive process in which students from across the country apply for positions. The success of our students reflects their many strengths and the quality of the training they receive through the doctoral program, including the portion of their clinical training that takes place through the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

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Spring 2018 Hours

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Happy New Year! We are pleased to announce that the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will reopen for services on January 16. If you are a current client who is ready to return or someone interested in seeking services for the first time, please feel free to call to schedule an appointment.

Our hours for the Spring 2018 term are as follows:
  • Mondays 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesdays 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursdays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fridays 8:00 AM - Noon
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Clinic Closed Until January 16

Consistent with the University of Southern Mississippi's schedule, the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is now closed for the break between the Fall and Spring terms. We will re-open on January 16, 2018. Anyone who anticipates needing services prior to January 16 should contact another provider.

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