Loyola’s University Counseling Center and Student Health Services are here to serve the mental and physical health of students with a broad spectrum of appointments and programs.  While you probably already know about our office hours on Mondays-Fridays from 8:30am-4:45pm, our locations in the Danna Center, and our free appointments, I compiled a list of our lagniappe, those extra benefits that we offer, that you might not be familiar with … yet!

At the University Counseling Center check out our:

  • Group services
    • For the fall 2013 semester, the UCC will be offering several group therapy options
      • Sexual Assault Survivors—Support, counseling and hope for adult survivors
      • Emotional Wisdom—Develop skills for dealing with difficult emotions and improving relationship effectiveness
      • Honors Students Stress Management—Connect with peers and learn new ways to create a more balanced life
  • HEAL committee
    • Loyola’s HEAL (Health Education at Loyola) committee is comprised of students and staff from a variety of departments who provide health education programming to the campus community. The committee meets once a month and coordinates events such as Take Back the Night, Smardi Gras, Safe Spring Break, Substance Abuse Social Norming Campaigns, Take Care of Yourself Tuesdays, Sexual Assault Awareness week, the  Wellness Expo and other similar events.
    • Please visit http://studentaffairs.loyno.edu/counseling/health-education-loyola to learn more or to complete an application to become a HEAL member.
  • Advocates Initiative
    • Sexual violence is a well-documented social concern among colleges and universities nationally. This training educates campus community members about the gendered nature of violence, potential outcomes of sexual violence, and a range of resources available (e.g., medical, legal, judicial, mental health). Empathic communication skill building is discussed and practiced. Trained advocates then voluntarily serve as first responders to bridge survivors of sexual violence to appropriate community resources. Through this program, we educate our community and provide a much needed services while illustrating institutional support toward sexual non-violence.
    • Join us for our next scheduled Advocates Training on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  For more information or to register, please contact Brooks Zitzmann at (504) 865-3835 or bzitzman@loyno.edu

At Student Health Services, be sure to take advantage of our:

  • Ochsner affiliation
    • Did you know that Loyola partners with Ochsner Health System for delivery of our campus health services?  That’s right; all of our medical professionals in our Student Health clinic are Ochsner employees.  You can feel confident in the healthcare that you receive and also have access to a wide range of referral resources through the Ochsner system.
  • Ochsner On call
    • For non-life threatening issues outside of normal Student Health Services hours, students can call 1-800-231-5257, a free after-hours nurse care line to speak with a Registered Nurse.  Ochsner On Call provides nurse triage, appointment booking, health education, and advisory services from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Ochsner On Call nurses are supported by an on-call physician.
  • Student Health 101
    • As a service to the Loyola community, the Office of Student Affairs provides an online subscription to Student Health 101, a monthly health and wellness e-magazine tailored to fit the needs of today’s college students.  Each month, you will receive a personal email with the latest issue of Student Health 101.  Student Health 101 contains valuable information that will help you make the most of your time at Loyola … from tips on reducing stress to achieving academic success to improving your relationships, Student Health 101 has it all.  Please take 10 minutes to read the September issue at http://readsh101.com/loyno.html.

One last thing, the Care for the Pack blog is updated twice a week with all sorts of great information about mental health and encouraging words.  Check back often, or take a look at some of our past postings!

-Alicia Bourque, Ph.D.
Director of University Counseling & Student Health Services



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