Prevention and Outreach

The Student Counseling Center (SCC) provides virtual presentations on a variety of mental health topics including, but not limited to: stress management, assisting students in distress, cultural sensitivity and available mental health resources. Outreach presentations are designed to raise awareness and provide information regarding mental health, to as many students as possible.

SCC will do its best to accommodate outreach requests, as they come in on a rolling basis. Please submit outreach requests a minimum of 4 weeks prior to requested date. If you are interested in a topic not listed on the form, please contact the Prevention and Outreach Program Coordinator, Tierra Major (tmajor@umaryland.edu), with what you are looking for so that it can be reviewed and the SCC can best assist you.

Details on the most popular presentations offered through the SCC are listed below:

Mood Gym
A mental “fitness” experience designed to help you strengthen your “muscles” for managing stress and overwhelming emotion. Emotional and cognitive exercises to improve your ability to express emotions effectively will be woven throughout this experience.

  • Lecture style focused on teaching two specific skills
  • No camera or mic is necessary
  • Includes polls and text chat participation
  • 60 minutes

New Student Orientation
A student counseling center team member will present the ins and outs of our services. They will answer any questions about SCC current services and our limitations.

  • Lecture style presentation
  • No camera or mic necessary
  • 30 minutes

Red Folder Training (for students or faculty/staff)
The Assisting Students in Distress Folder is a quick reference guide that helps identify common signs of student distress or in crisis and directs faculty and staff through campus protocol to clarify whom they should contact in the event of a mental health emergency. The folder also provides tips for how to approach a student who may be in distress and provide them resources on campus or off campus.

  • Lecture style focused, using the ‘Red Folder’ as a guide
  • Option of a staff or student focused presentation
  • Camera: Not Required
  • Mic: Necessary for Q&A participation or use chat box feature
  • Includes interactive vignettes and real life examples
  • PDF version of the Red Folder will be provided during the presentation
  • 60 minutes

Find more information on assisting students in distress here.

Toxic Positivity
Learn ways to talk to yourself and to others with warmth and compassion without falling into the trap of toxic positivity and invalidation. Join this discussion and practice of embracing the unique human emotional experience.

  • Discussion based for practicing a generalized skill
  • Cameras: Not required
  • Mics: Recommended for break out groups and discussions
  • 60 minutes

Interested in something else?

Please email the Prevention and Outreach Program Coordinator, Tierra Major (tmajor@umaryland.edu), what you are looking for so that it can be reviewed for the SCC can better assist you.

The Student Counseling Center often collaborates with the Wellness Hub on workshops/presentations about wellness and healthy life balance. Check out their workshops and upcoming events here.