Educating our University Community

We are eager to support you with educational presentations covering numerous topics relevant to your classroom, student organization or faculty/staff group. Each presentation is tailored to meet your specific group or classroom presentation needs.

Counseling Center :: Outreach presentations

Available Programs

Explore our broad range of available programs below. We can also create a custom presentation to suit your group’s needs with advance notice. Elza Eapen is available for any questions you have.

Stress ManagementIdentify and reduce stress

Our stress management presentation focuses on identifying different types of stress and their effects on college students. This presentation will cover strategies to understand and reduce unhealthy levels of stress. Students will learn skills to reduce stress including in-session practice and follow-up information for practicing stress management skills at home.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize different types of stress
  • Recognize the impacts of stress
  • Learn to implement skills and techniques to help reduce and manage stress

RelationshipsBuild meaningful relationships

We all want meaningful, romantic bonds, strong friendships and empowering work relationships. This presentation uses the latest relationship and neuroscience research to create lively discussions and activities to teach foundational principles that attract and maintain healthy, vibrant and affirming relationships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn three qualities that all long-term, successful relationships possess
  • Gain insight into what the field of neuroscience tells us about relationships
  • Learn to distinguish differences between healthy and unhealthy relationship patterns

Substance AbuseReflect on the dangers of substance abuse

Our substance abuse presentation focuses on attitudes and beliefs about alcohol and drug use among college students. The presentation incorporates in-depth and reflective discussion time and group activities that address social issues concerning alcohol and other commonly abused drugs on college campuses.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how national and local statistics concerning alcohol and other drugs impact college students
  • Explore how the social context of alcohol and substance use affects the campus community and individual students
  • Learn how choices college students freely make about alcohol and substance use become part of the context for the next set of actions

Conflict ResolutionIdentify and de-escalate tense situations

This presentation helps participants understand high conflict emotions, biological responses, deeply held beliefs and thought processes, and how those affect conflict in our lives. If we understand our own deeply held beliefs, how we think and how to emotionally regulate, the outcome will likely be fewer arguments, less hurt feelings and more time spent in productive dialogue with significant others, friends and family members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to recognize automatic thoughts and determine if those thoughts lead to conflict
  • Learn the concept of emotional contagion and its impact on conflict
  • Learn to use empathy, respect and body language to steer potential high conflict conversations into meaningful discussions that lead to understanding and appreciation of others’ viewpoints

Mastering MotivationStay on track

Our mastering motivation presentation is a hands-on workshop designed to help participants define motivation, explore types of motivation, identify reasons why people tend to lose motivation and push past moments when they’re “not feeling it.” This workshop also discusses the power of habits and discipline, and delves into James Clear’s best-selling book, “Atomic Habits.” Participants will learn about habit formation, the role identity can play in motivation and habit forming, and how to stay on track with goals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define motivation and identify what intrinsically and extrinsically motivates you
  • Explore reasons for loss of motivation and discover ways to stay on track when feeling unmotivated
  • Learn about effective habit formation and how to tie self-identity into goal setting

Coping SkillsHandle tough situations

The coping skills presentation focuses on tools and techniques to help handle difficult emotions, decrease stress and maintain a sense of internal balance. Often, one can develop negative coping skills because they worked to help you survive. This presentation will help you find healthier ways to cope. This will allow you to rely less on coping in ways that are not good for you and manage chronic distress more effectively using positive coping skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify negative coping skills and unhealthy thinking habits
  • Learn healthy coping skills including mindfulness and other effective techniques to create positive change
  • Develop an action plan for self-care and a personal toolkit to manage distress, anxiety and difficult emotions

Time ManagementSet priorities and avoid procrastination

Have you ever wondered where your time went even though you had a busy day? Have you ever felt unaccomplished after a busy day of work or school? In this time management workshop, you will learn to set priorities, overcome unhelpful thinking patterns and implement practical strategies to manage your time more effectively.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why we procrastinate and lack motivation
  2. Identify unhelpful thinking patterns and learn to reframe negative thoughts
  3. Learn three major time management strategies to maximize your use of time

Suicide Awareness and PreventionRecognize the risk factors

The suicide awareness and intervention presentation seeks to increase participants’ knowledge about suicide statistics, risk and protective factors, warning signs and referral resources. Additionally, participants will learn to take action by utilizing empathic listening skills, communication skills and the ability to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize and identify risk factors for suicide and protective factors against suicide
  2. Know how to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide
  3. Take action to prevent suicide and know how to make a referral

Adjustment to CollegeIdentify stressors and utilize coping skills

The adjustment to college presentation focuses on assisting students in their transition to A&M-Commerce. Whether one is a recent high school graduate, transferring from another college, or returning to school later in life, this presentation will help students identify challenges they might face and ways they might utilize coping skills within their distress. In this presentation, students will learn about potential challenges, various coping skills and helpful resources on campus.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify stressors within the transition to college
  2. Identify campus resources applicable to the transition to college
  3. Use coping skills to mitigate distress

Domestic Violence and Sexual AssaultDifferentiate forms of violence

This introductory presentation encourages the knowledge of participants’ awareness and understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault (DVSA), and intimate partner violence (IPV). Participants will gain understanding of the definitions and contrasts of DVSA and IPV while learning to recognize and respond to different forms of violence. Participants will gain tools and skills to utilize when witnessing behaviors putting others at risk for violence.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Differentiate the forms of violence on and off campus
  2. Learn bystander approaches
  3. Encouraging advocacy through fostering protective environments

Don't Cancel ClassLet us fill in for you

Don’t cancel class; let a counselor fill in for you! Select one of our presentations or let us choose for you, or we can develop a customized presentation encompassing mental health and the A&M-Commerce community! This presentation will allow students to fully engage in required academic participation points.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase awareness of mental health concerns
  2. Practice comfortability of discussing mental health-related topics.
  3. Learn mental health resources and what is provided at A&M-Commerce
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Please request outreach events at least three weeks in advance to ensure our ability to accommodate your needs. Note: Due to high service demands, we cannot provide outreach presentations beyond the second week of November in fall or the second week of April in spring. Elza Eapen is available for any questions you have.

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