Outreach and Consultation
NEW volunteer or internship opportunity for undergraduate students!
Become a Mental Health Peer Advocate! Applications are due NOVEMBER 16th!!! Click here for the Mental Health Peer Advocate Application.
Information about becoming a Mental Health Peer Advocate:
MHPA is a student outreach group designed to facilitate the connection between the University of Kentucky students and the Counseling Center. Through this outreach program, enthusiastic and dependable UK students have the opportunity to share important information about mental health issues and the services provided by the Counseling Center to the rest of the student body. Undergraduate students from all majors with a passion for mental health are invited to apply to the MHPA program.Members should expect to allocate a minimum of 4-5 hours a week to MHPA-related activities (this includes general body meetings which occur once a week). *MHPAs may receive internship credit through their department [course 399] or the career center [course 396] such that 1 credit hour= 5 hours/week, 2 credit hours=7 hours/week, 3 credit hours=10 hours/week, 6 credit hours=20 hours/week].
Applicants must be available Wednesdays from 3-4pm in the Spring 2019 semester for weekly meetings! We invite all students who are interested to apply, regardless of Counseling Center client status. Applicants should have a general understanding and knowledge base about mental health issues specifically as it pertains to college age students. Accepted applicants will be responsible for developing and executing outreach programs and presentations that will:
- Promote emotional well-being among the student body
- Raise awareness regarding college mental health issues
- Provide education and resources related to psychological and emotional well-being
- Increase awareness among students about services available to them
- Provide a link between the counseling center and student body
- Promote a climate of inclusivity
Activities that MHPAs will be involved in include: Mental health screening events, WellKentucky events, general tabling events, UKCC Services 101 workshop, creation of additional programming, UKCC Relaxation Room, UKCC social media, engagement with Stressbusters app, and promotion of UKCC services.
Megan Marks, Ph.D. and Alyssa Frye, Psy.D. are the MHPA coordinators. They will provide students with training in collegiate mental health, relaxation strategies, suicide prevention, services of the UKCC, and counseling center outreach. They will assist MHPAs in outreach program development and implementation. Thank you for your interest in becoming a MHPA! If you have any further questions, please contact the Counseling Center at (859) 257-8701 or email Megan.Marks@uky.edu or Alyssa.Frye@uky.edu
Completed your application by Friday November 16th at 4:30pm [early submitted applications welcome—this will be a rolling application process!]
You will be notified no later than Monday November 26thif you have been selected for an interview, which is the final phase of the application process.
Outreach and consultation services extend the caring and clinical expertise of the UKCC to the broader UK Community in service of the Student and Academic Life goals to promote academic success, financial stability, belonging and engagement, and overall wellness of UK students. Outreach and consultation services are an integral part of the UKCC as these services connect with and support students who may not traditionally utilize individual or group therapy services. These students could include students with minoritized or marginalized identities, students who may be at higher risk of facing barriers to their academic and personal successes, students who may experience stigma about help seeking, students who may need support but not necessarily counseling, and students who may want to help a friend. Outreach and consultation allows the UKCC to prevent, educate, and intervene with the larger UK community and help build a “community of care”. See Support, See Blue.
Outreach is a broad term and includes a wide variety of services such as facilitating workshops, conducting screening days, crisis event responses/debriefing, liaison relationships with departments and organizations on campus, consultation (e.g., consulting about a student in distress or more globally regarding program or needs assessment), attending/being present at campus events to reduce stigma/support other departments, interviews, tabling, social media, psychoeducational materials (printed as well as web-based), and UK community campaigns.