Outreach

Counseling Center Presentations

Counseling Center staff members are available to meet with student groups and organizations, academic departments, faculty, or staff to deliver outreach presentations on a variety of mental health topics. Past presentation topics have included:

  • Stress Management
  • Coping with Seasonal Depression
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Eating and Body Image Concerns
  • Relationship Issues
  • Dealing with the Emotionally Distressed Student
  • Coping Skills
  • Overview of Counseling Center Services
  • We welcome requests for other topics as well!

Counseling Center Interviews

Counseling Center staff members are available for interviews conducted by campus organizations such as the Western Front or for course assignments.  Please follow the guidelines below to request an interview. 

Request a Presentation or Interview

Organizations interested in having the Counseling Center present a topic to their group or students interested in an interview with Counseling Center staff must complete an Outreach Request Form

Please note the following for presentations:

  • Provide at least two weeks’ notice.
  • Schedule the presentation for at least 30 minutes.
  • Advertise the presentation in such a way that at least 10 students will be in attendance.
  • Preferably provide us with options for date and time.
  • Preferably notify us very early or very late in the term (off-peak times). 
  • Email the completed form to Chris Edwards or send via campus mail to the Counseling Center MS-9052.  Please be aware that our staff may not be able to accommodate all outreach program requests.  Our ability to respond to outreach requests may be impacted by factors such as current demand for services and availability of staff to present on a given topic. If you need additional information, please email Chris Edwards or call 360-650-3164.

Please note the following for interviews:

  • Provide at least two weeks’ notice.
  • All requests for interviews or comments from a reporter,  including those reporting for the Western Front, must first route their requests through University Communications (http://www.wwu.edu/univrelations/ucomm.shtml      Phone: 360-650-3350).  Counseling Center staff are unable to respond to requests from reporters until this step is completed.
  • Email the completed form to Chris Edwards or send via campus mail to the Counseling Center MS-9052.  Please be aware that our staff may not be able to accommodate all outreach program requests.  Our ability to respond to outreach requests may be impacted by factors such as current demand for services and availability of staff to present on a given topic. If you need additional information, please email Chris Edwards or call 360-650-3164.

Let's Talk
Notice: Due to COVID-19, Let's Talk will not be offered spring quarter. For students seeking drop-in consultation and/or support for mental health concerns please contact the Counseling Center at 360.650.3164. The Counseling Center has partnered with the Ethnic Student Center to offer weekly community check-ins via Zoom. For more information, please contact Chris Edwards at edwardc4@wwu.edu or check out the Virtual ESC!

(The information below will pertain to operations after in-person classes and meetings are permitted. That date is to be determined.)

Let’s Talk is a program that provides drop-in consultations at locations around campus for WWU students. It’s free, no appointment is necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.  Just walk in for an informal, friendly, and confidential consultation. Speaking with a counselor consultant can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources. Currently, Let's Talk is held on Wednesdays from 12 - 1 pm in the Multicultural Center Lounge. Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment, but the counseling consultants can listen to your specific problems and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff.

No topic is off limits. Common concerns include:

  • stress
  • sadness
  • worry
  • relationships
  • academic performance
  • family problems
  • financial struggles
  • adjustment
  • culture shock
     

Questions about Let’s Talk? Visit the LetsTalk FAQs or contact Chris Edwards.

The Let's Talk Program at Western Washington University is based on the Let's Talk Program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material from this website has been adapted or reproduced from the Cornell University Let's Talk website. We would like to thank Matt Boone, LCSW, for his assistance in helping us launch this program on our campus. This successful model has paved the way for us and many others.

If you would like to provide general feedback about the Counseling Center, please complete our feedback form.