Student Services
Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling

Event Title Date Time Location Description
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS Wednesday, February 15th 10:30am – 1pm Atrium In acknowledgement of Black History month, Personal Counseling Services will be providing well-being awareness with Black/African-American mental health resources, snacks and self-care give-a-ways. The awareness event is open to all PSC students.
TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP Tuesday, February 21st 2:30pm – 3:30pm Classroom 2409 , Google Meet: meet.google.com/jvp-tpcj-fnj " Is it a struggle for you to find the time to complete coursework assignments, to study for exams and to balance the time needed for work, classes, family and friends? This workshop will teach you how to prioritize, organize and create a well-balanced schedule in order to efficiently enhance your studying.
TEST ANXIETY WORKSHOP Tuesday, March 21st 2:30pm – 3:30pm Classroom 2409 , Google Meet: meet.google.com/acj-pasa-srx" Do you worry about upcoming quizzes and exams? Does your mind go blank right before you take your midterm or final? The goal of the test anxiety workshop is to teach you anxiety reducing techniques in order for you to take exams without being overwhelmed.
HEALTHY DATING WORKSHOP More information to come
STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP Tuesday, May 2nd 2:30pm – 3:30pm Classroom 2409, Google Meet: meet.google.com/arg-rite-kco Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you find it difficult to cope with challenges and is your mood negatively affected by this? The stress management workshop addresses the harmful effects of stress and teaches you how to manage it.
For more information contact Personal Counselor, Shannon Word, NCC, LCPC at sword@prairiestate.edu

Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling Services aims to encourage the special well-being and academic success of students.  Counseling services addresses students’ psychological, social, and emotional issues through short term counseling.

Students can discuss their personal matters to help better understand their situations, to establish goals and to work towards solutions. Referrals for long term support are provided as needed.

Lacking vital resources is a contributor to stress, which is why Personal Counseling Services connects students to community resources to obtain whatever basic needs (such as food, clothing, and emergency housing), payment for utilities, daycare, etc., that are needed.

Academic Support
Personal Counseling Services also provides academic support by teaching students how to alleviate test anxiety, develop stress management skills, and to organize their time and strengthen study habits by creating personalized to- do lists and study schedules.

Success Counseling

  • Academic Goal Setting
  • Individualized Time Management Plans
  • Individualized Study Techniques
  • GPA Recovery Strategies
  • Utilizing Learning Styles
  • Academic Success Plan

For more information and/or to schedule an appointment, please contact Personal Counselor Shannon Word at (708) 709-3511 or email at sword@prairiestate.edu.  The location for personal counseling services is on the second floor, office 2261.

I was referred to see a counselor in the community instead of at PSC. What’s up with that?
During the initial assessment, our counselors gather a lot of information about what you’re dealing with now and what you’ve dealt with in the past. They evaluate whether brief therapy can address your treatment needs, or whether longer-term care in the community represents the best option for you. Our goal is to get you to the care you need as quickly and smoothly as possible. There are many factors that go into a mental health professional’s decision to recommend care in the community. As commonplace examples, active eating disorders, severe and/or chronic depression or anxiety, addiction and other conditions are often best treated in a setting not constrained by session limits. Even if you are referred to treatment in the community, your counselor may remind you that  and workshops remain available to you without limitations on sessions.


Emergency Numbers, Crisis Hotlines and Resources

Emergency Services, 9-1-1

Dial 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing loss)

For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 9-8-8


Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

Provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.


Veterans Crisis Line

(800) 273-8255

Provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.


National Sexual Assault Hotline

(800) 656-4673


National Domestic Violence Hotline

1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

Text “START” TO 88788

Available 24/7, The Hotline has highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages. The hotline’s expert advocates also provide essential tools and support such as with creating safety plans to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

https://www.thehotline.org/ /

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline
Crisis Hotline Directory

(800) 662-4357


If you are in need of immediate assistance, visit the link above, which is a directory to various crisis hotlines.


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