Community-based engagement and prevention efforts are an integral component of The Counseling Center's developmental and educational mission at Loyola. The Center staff has developed a public health approach to more actively engage the University community, using some innovative techniques. Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research of prevention efforts. This approach allows for a continuum of services that focus on the entire population and complements our more individual and group-based clinical services.
Our recent public health efforts have included suicide prevention, body pride, and psychological flexibility. Our public health efforts incorporate the use of media, creative marketing strategies, social networking websites, and other technology to help us most effectively connect with our current generation of students.
The Counseling Center staff develops, implements, and evaluates outreach activities aimed at promoting personal growth, teaching important skills, and fostering a sense of community amongst the participants. Some of these activities include working with student groups or active liaison relationships with departments across campus. Examples of such endeavors include: facilitating first year student orientation groups; self-care workshops such as relaxation and stress reduction with Messina classes; participation in campus retreats; and attending and/or facilitating Sister-to-Sister sessions with ALANA Services.
Please check out our public health campaigns to learn more about how we can all take responsibility for developing a stronger campus community.