Why We Conduct Outreach

Overarching Goals of Outreach and Consultation at the UKCC:

1. Communicate the role and availability of the UK Counseling Center as a part of the overall mission of Student and Academic Life and the University of Kentucky.

2. Increase utilization of counseling center resources and services for those students who may under-utilize psychological services.

  • To reduce and challenge stigma associated with UKCC, mental illness, and help seeking.
  • Increase approachability.

3. Increase safety of students in preventing behaviors that result in harm to self or others.

4. Respond to the psychological and emotional needs that emerge in the UK community or any community within the University.

  • Related to any given crisis impacting a University community.
  • Related to any identifiable pattern of behaviors suggesting emotional or psychological vulnerability impacting a University community

5.  Provide informative materials and programs to UK student communities with the aim of facilitating personal, social, and academic success.

  • Increase college mental health awareness and to provide information about mental illness and psychological distress to help create a more empathic, supportive, and culture of care.
  • To better inform students about personal effectiveness, interpersonal connections, and self-management, and facilitate development of life skills in these areas.

6. Create Community/Network of Mental Health Support (“community of care”)

  • Provide training to student leaders who serve in paraprofessional counseling roles (e.g., RA’s, Peer mentors) and other student and academic life professionals.
  • Increase empathic understanding of issues in campus community and provide skills training in response to distressed students.
  • Prompt conversation and/or contemplation on interpersonal and intrapersonal experiences toward facilitating “therapeutic connections” that can naturally exist in the community beyond formal mental health service delivery.

7. Promote a climate of inclusivity

  • Increase awareness of social justice issues and introduce skills in forming relationships across lines of gender, gender identity expression, age, ability level, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, race, and religious affiliation.
  • Facilitate student skill development of citizenship and professional interactions.
  • Educate students of contextual factors and identity dimensions of psychological and social experiences (including intersecting identities).