Let’s Hoot is a walk-in service 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.
KENNESAW CAMPUS: Monday-Thursday, 1:00pm-3:30pm
MARIETTA CAMPUS: Fall 2015 - Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Studying at KSU can present new and at times unexpected academic challenges. You may find yourself struggling with classes, having difficulty keeping up with assignments, or wondering why you aren’t getting the grades you want. If this sounds like you, academic counseling may be just what you need. The goal of academic counseling is to help students recognize the pitfalls they may be falling into and learn strategies to improve their academic performance. Below you will find resources to help you address some of the most common academic difficulties students face.
CPS hosts U-Turn, a four week program aimed at helping students who aren’t happy with how their semester is progressing academically. Some of the topics that will be covered include:
- Effective reading and study skills
- Time management
- Test preperation and test-taking skills
- Stress management and test anxiety
- Staying motivated
Academics, Stress and Anxiety
When you struggle academically, your stress levels will likely go up, making it even more difficult to perform academically. To break that cycle, practice stress management regularly; use this handouts to practice:
Practicing stress management skills and biofeedback can help you learn how to calm down and focus more effectively. You can make an appointment to use our biofeedback software or practice on your own with these apps.
Test anxiety is a specific form of anxiety that can hinder your academic performance.
Test Taking Strategies
Well-developed test taking skills are invaluable in college, especially since most professors use exams to measure how well students have mastered information. Click here for test taking tips.
Whether you are working towards your undergraduate or graduate degree, this next level of higher education may challenge your effectiveness. Old tricks may no longer be enough. It may be the time for you to brush up your studying skills and re-build your tool set to enhance your effectiveness as a student. Try some of these strategies to learn how to manage time and study more effectively:
Time Management and Procrastination
Managing your time effectively and getting things done in a timely manner can be part of the solution when you face academic concerns. Procrastination affects many students. It is often about avoidance, perfectionism and feeling overwhelmed. Apply the following suggestions to get things done. For interactive exercises and helpful tips on managing time and getting things done, check out these apps. For more information about procrastination and time management:
Communication with the Instructors
It can be challenging to approach your professor when you are struggling with their class and you have lost your confidence. Yet it is pivotal to make contact and get support from your instructors. Learn how to approach a professor for help (pdf).
Career Decision Counseling
The goal of Career Counseling is to help students evaluate their abilities, interests, talents, and personality characteristics to develop realistic academic and career goals.
With the use of individualized assessment tests and counseling sessions, counselors are able to evaluate and advise students in making informed career decisions. Decisions such as helping you decide what you want to major in, what kinds of careers you would be best suited for, and/or what jobs to investigate.
CPS offers CAREER 101 to help students find satisfying college majors and careers about which they can be passionate. For more information click here.
Georgia Career Information Center
Georgia Career Information Center, through its Georgia Career Information System (GCIS), provides current and accurate occupational and educational information to schools and agencies throughout Georgia in order to help young people and adults make informed career choices. (also available in Spanish)
Go to gcic.peachnet.edu and look for this logo for GCIS Georgia Career Information System.
Enter the Username: KSUSSS and Password: gcis901
Personal, Groups & Couples Counseling
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)
- 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.
Medications often can be helpful to students struggling with depression, anxiety and other emotional concerns with a biological component. Our psychiatric clinicians (psychiatrists and nurse practitioners) can meet with students to determine which medications might be helpful and to recommend a course of treatment. After the psychiatric evaluation, if medication is right for you, the psychiatrist can provide follow-up care, making adjustments in medication and dose when needed.
Be advised, medication alone is rarely adequate to address the complex psychological and social factors contributing to most presenting problems. Research has repeatedly shown that for most conditions, when treatment with psychiatric medications is combined with psychotherapy, clinical outcomes are significantly better than when psychiatric medications are taken alone.
We do not provide ADHD evaluation or ADHD medication for students without a prior history of diagnosis and/or stimulant treatment and/or a psychological assessment performed within the last 12-18 months.
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: (470) 578-6600
Click on C.A.R.E. to lean about services for homeless, food insecure and foster care 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
Also the CARE Center Director oversees the annual KSU Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW) planning committee. Click here to learn more about HAW.
Coordinator: Marcy Stidum
Phone: (470) 578-6600