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Counseling services as classes resume

Resources are available for students, faculty and staff

Contact: Heather Smith

​The following campus counseling resources are available to Central Michigan University students, faculty and staff.

For students:

CMU Counseling Center resources for students March 12-23 include:

  • Extended hours and additional staff — Support for students will be extended until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the weeks of March 12 and March 19. Urgent appointments are available daily for safety concerns or concerns requiring immediate attention.
    • A gathering space for students will be offered from 4-7 p.m. daily in Foust 135 in order to provide support, information on common reactions to trauma and strategies for coping.
    • Licensed mental health professionals will be present. No appointments are necessary for this time and walk-ins are welcome.
    • Students needing more intensive services will be assisted in accessing those services.
    • Additional licensed mental health professionals from throughout CMU and Alma College will be available from 4-7 p.m. daily in Foust 135, allowing Counseling Center staff to remain available to maintain individual and group counseling appointments in the center.
  • Therapy dogs — Available daily from 4-7 p.m. in Foust 135. Having students gather around the dogs helps to facilitate conversation and has proven to be helpful after experiencing a critical or traumatic event.
  • Experiential learning opportunity "Weathering a Crisis" — Daily with a CMU counselor from 3-4 p.m. in Foust 135 will help students learn to manage anxious feelings through grounding techniques, relaxation strategies and self-care.
  • Targeted group therapy — Group opportunities are available, upon request, for students who share similar concerns or reactions to the events of March 2. Groups will be facilitated by a CMU counselor and will offer students the opportunity to process their feelings, reactions and concerns, as well as strategies for safety and moving forward. 
  • Counseling Center website — Many supportive resources for students who prefer this type of support, as well as information for community resources and counseling services, are available online here.
  • 24-hour support — Individuals requiring urgent and/or emergency assistance should call 911. In addition, individuals who are experiencing difficulty after hours and on weekends may contact the Listening Ear Hotline at 989-772-2918. On-campus residents should contact their RA, MA, RHD, or apartment manager for assistance.

For faculty and staff:

Encompass, CMU's Employee Assistance Program, is available online or to schedule a face-to-face appointment, call 800-788-8630. More information about the services Encompass provides and links to supportive handouts can be found at here

One Community, One CMU Touchstone Art Project

Through a collaboration between the CMU Counseling Center and the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History, the One Community, One CMU Touchstone Art Project will provide an opportunity for the CMU community to create touch stones. Participants will create and personalize their own touch stone, small stones that can be carried with them and can be used to provide a calming or grounding feeling when one is anxious or triggered by an emotional event.

The stones left behind will help to capture the memories and reactions to the events of March 2. These stones will go to the museum for display and become a permanent part of CMU's history.

Event details:

  • Monday through Friday, March 12-23.
  • Students: 4-7 p.m. in Foust 135.
  • Faculty/staff: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Rowe Hall Museum

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