Let’s Hoot is a drop-in consultation program for KSU students which allows easy access to a CPS counselor on a first-come, first-served basis. Let’s Hoot is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Students will be required to complete initial paperwork and then meet briefly with one of our counselors.
Let’s Hoot is Monday-Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. If you have any questions, call 770-423-6600.
If after hours, please call 770-423-6666 for KSU Campus Police, 911 off campus police/sheriff department or GA Crisis and Access Line at 800-715-4225
Counseling & Therapy
We use a relatively short-term, goal focused model of counseling and most students are seen for 1-6 sessions. Once assigned to a counselor, you and your counselor will discuss effective therapeutic goals, frequency of sessions and the likely length of treatment taking into account your presenting concerns. Common presenting concerns include:
- Low self-confidence
- Relationship difficulties (e.g. romantic, family, peer)
- Academic problems
- Concerns related to sexual orientation and identity
- Decision-making dilemma
- Eating too much or too little
- Difficulty balancing all the demands of college student life
- Grieving over the death of someone close to you
- Recovering from unwanted sexual contact or violence
- Hopelessness or suicidal thinking
Group therapy is highly effective and for many presenting concerns, it can be the treatment of choice! Therapy groups provide a safe environment in which to explore yourself and your relational abilities; it allows you to both give and receive feedback from others who are struggling with similar issues. Most groups have 5-8 members and are led by one or two of the clinical staff.
To join a group, a few steps are needed. Initially each potential group member must have an initial assessment with a CPS counselor. After that meeting the potential member must briefly meet with the group leader to determine if the group is a best fit for the student's needs.
For a list of the current CPS Groups, click here (pdf)
Couples counseling can be provided if both partners are registered KSU students. Couples counseling is the most appropriate treatment when the difficulties in one's life are primarily the result of problems in their romantic relationship. It is more helpful for both partners to be working on the relationship rather than either one on their own. Additionally, premarital counseling services are available for couples who are engaged or who are planning to become engaged.
The Kennesaw State University CPS Center staff adheres to the standards of confidentiality set forth by Georgia law as well as by our respective professional standards & ethical codes (i.e., the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the National Association of Social Workers).
The information you share in counseling is confidential. CPS counselors may consult with other CPS counseling professionals in order to better assist students. A signed "Consent for Release of Confidential Information" form is required to disclose any information about your counseling experience to a 3rd party.
Exceptions to confidentiality may occur only under certain circumstances. These exceptions include:
- You may request (by means of a signed release) that your counselor reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice
- Imminent threats to the safety and well-being of yourself or others
- When release of confidential information is required by court order
- When abuse, neglect or exploitation of children or adults who are vulnerable due to physical or mental impairment or advanced age is suspected.
The Case Management team addresses the following areas:
- Periodic meetings to reassess new needs and/or review ongoing progress
- Follow-up to ensure the referrals and/or the information provided met needs
- Links to ongoing treatment and/or community resources
- During termination phase with CPS therapist, connect students to needed community resources
Behavioral Health Follow-up
- Provide follow-up after inpatient and/or residential treatment
- Advocate on student’s behalf to University, significant others and/or community
Crisis Case Management
- Assess students’ capacity to cope during and/or following a crisis
- Prioritization of needs and development of action plan
- Coordination of care with both formal and informal supports
Telephone: (770) 423-6600
Click on C.A.R.E. to lean about services for homelss KSU students
KSU’s Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Center is a new service of CPS. It is designed to offer support for students dealing with homelessness or are at-risk of being homeless.
Homelessness can affect students in many ways. Along with not having a place to live, they struggle to find food and clothing as well. Managing all of this while going to school can cause stress, impacting their ability to achieve their educational goals. The CARE Center is comprised of several different entities to support the success of each student and can serve as a single point of access to services that can address the majority of their concerns.
The goals of the C.A.R.E. Center are:
- Serving as the single point of access for addressing many physiological and safety needs of homeless and at-risk of homelessness students
- Empowering students to meet their daily living needs, including homelessness
- Engaging the KSU campus and surrounding communities in a stigma reduction campaign regarding homelessness of higher education students
- Offering both on and off campus resources and service options to students
The C.A.R.E. Center Coordinator is also a member of the annual KSU Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW) planning committee. Click here to check out more about HAW and how to get involved.
Coordinator: Marcy Stidum
Phone: (770) 423-6600
Diversity & Inclusion
ALL students deserve to learn in an environment that is supportive & friendly, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. CPS is a welcoming & safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and questioning (LGBTQIQ) students at Kennesaw State.
I co-facilitate the Safe Space training program for KSU Students. The main purpose of this training is to visibly mark people and places that are “safe” for LGBTQIQ students. A sticker with a rainbow symbol stands out as an affirmation of LGBTQIQ people and lets others know that they are a safe person to approach for support & guidance. Faculty and staff members who complete the training will receive a KSU SAFE SPACE sticker for their office door.
For more information regarding the LGBTQIQ Services contact:
Susan Ristau, Ed.S., LPC,NCC
Coordinator of LGBTQIQ
Phone: (770) 423-6600
Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues
Most people are familiar with the term “Eating Disorder,” although many do not realize there is a difference between an actual Eating Disorder, which is a medical diagnosis (illness), and Disordered Eating, which encompasses a much wider range of behavior. These illnesses and behavior do not discriminate between gender, race, ethnicity, or age, but they continue to be greatly misunderstood, and the people who suffer with them greatly stigmatized.
Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Eating Disorder Treatment Team is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals charged with following students suffering from Disordered Eating. A multi-disciplinary, or “Team Approach” is generally accepted as the best manner in which to treat Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating. The HEAL Team is comprised of the following KSU professionals:
Amy L. Johnson, LCSW, Coordinator of Eating Disorder Programming and HEAL Team Chair
Theresa Welles, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Clinical Services
Marcy Stidum, LCSW, Assistant Director, Case Management and Preventative Services
Nisha Chande, MD, Psychiatrist
Jane Frederick, APRN, Ph.D.
Bethany Wheeler, RD, LD, Dietitian
International Students Support
Many international students experience homesickness, loneliness, academic stress, language and communication difficulties and even doubts about their ability to be successful. If you are seeking support, connection or help adjusting to change, we invite you to attend the International Students Support Group. For more information please click here
Women's Resource & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center
Kennesaw State University asserts that KSU community members have the right to be free from interpersonal violence such as dating or domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking. An array of counseling, medical, police, disciplinary, & administrative services are immediately available to KSU community members reporting all instances of interpersonal violence on campus. KSU is committed to supporting informed choice among these services and insuring anonymity within the confines of legal requirements to report instances of violence on campus. For more information, please visit our website.