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Counseling and Psychological Services office highlights the 2012-2013 school year

by Ashley Cole, Editor

July 20, 2013

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More than 6,000 UNCP students participated in more than 165 Counseling and Psychological Services outreach programs during the 2012-2013 year, according to a newsletter published by CAPS.

CAPS saw a 4 percent increase over the previous year in the number of students who sought support.

The newsletter, distributed in June 2013 highlighting the office's work during the school year, provided several statistics that reflect students' use of CAPS.

Dr. M.J. Raleigh, who came in as the new director of CAPS on Jan. 1, described in the newsletter her impression of how the CAPS staff adjusted to the changes and finished with their goals for next year.

Those goals for 2013-2014 include:
  • Offering group counseling at least twice a semester.
  • Creating and utilizing a food pantry for UNCP students, in conjunction with other offices.
  • Creating an outreach program that focuses strongly on suicide prevention.
  • Implementing the Bring in the Bystander program.
  • Completing the International Association of Counseling Services accreditation process.
Bring in the Bystander is a sexual assault prevention program that aims to make everyone on campus an active bystander. The program is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.

The newsletter listed several upcoming outreach programs for the 2013-2014 year, including:
  • Suicide Prevention Week: Sept. 9-13
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week: Oct. 7-11
  • Pet Therapy Day: Oct. 10
  • How About This Party: Oct. 22

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