Psychological Counseling, Wellness Center, and Testing
Psychological Counseling, Wellness Center, and Testing comprise the three
offices described below. The common goal of each office is to assist students
in making the best possible use of their educational experience at Chico
by overcoming obstacles to learning, identifying options, and developing
specific survival skills.
PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING CENTER
The Psychological Counseling Center exists to help students make the most
of their education through psychological skill development and personal
growth. It also assists the university community develop and maintain a
learning environment conducive to the accomplishment of those ends.
What are concerns frequently mentioned by students?
Academic difficulties, study problems, lack of motivation, exam anxiety,
fear of failure
Coping with stress, tension, worry, fear, insomnia
Unwanted habits such as overeating, drug or alcohol use, or smoking
Relationship difficulties such as problems making friends, dating problems,
feeling lonely, lacking assertiveness, feeling shy, controlling aggression
toward partner/spouse or child, problems with parents, living together,
breaking up, divorce
Sexuality, including sexual identity as well as sexual difficulties
Fear of public speaking
Depression and suicidal feelings
Confusion and uncertainty about Who I am
Handling feelings such as anger, envy, sadness
Exploring educational and career options
What is counseling?
Counseling is a process wherein you can discuss your concerns, questions,
and feelings with a professionally trained and skilled counselor in the
context of a comfortable and trusting relationship. You may learn to make
better decisions, change certain behaviors, improve personal skills, develop
increased confidence in your abilities, and acquire a keener awareness
and appreciation of your needs and those of other people. With the help
of a counselors support and involvement, changes such as these may be
less difficult than you think.
What can you expect?
You can expect to have your thoughts and feelings understood and clarified,
to receive assistance identifying problems, and to gain help developing
plans to deal with these concerns. Your relationship with the Psychological
Counseling Center is confidential unless you give written permission for
it to be shared, or in certain life or death emergencies, or by court order.
Who needs counseling?
Many people erroneously believe that you must have serious problems in
order to benefit from counseling. In fact, many can use assistance in ordinary
struggles to grow and develop. Being a university student is one of the
most challenging experiences of your life. Its a time for learning and
growing, developing interests and skills, making friends, meeting mates,
and planning a future. For most, its a time of transition in which you
leave the past behind and move out into new realms. This means that you
each come to campus with special emotional needs. Some of you are on your
own financially for the first time. Others are leaving a job or a relationship
and adjusting to the demands of a university community. Dealing with the
complex requirements of independent living and a seemingly unlimited amount
of unstructured time can be both exciting and stressful. The challenging
part is juggling your diverse interests and time commitments so that you
satisfy your emotional, physical, spiritual, social, educational, vocational,
recreational, political, and financial needs. If this sounds like a tall
order, it is. Many of you will expect a lot of yourselves trying to fill
this order. When you feel under pressure, arent aware of your options,
feel inadequately prepared to cope, or just want to have an objective party
listen, thats the time to come see us.
Counselors are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help students
using the center for the first time. If further sessions are necessary,
appointments are scheduled. To make an initial appointment with a counselor,
come to the center any time M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Individual personal counseling is provided in a variety of areas: crisis
counseling; marriage, couple, and family counseling; stress management;
personal problem solving; decision making; and vocational counseling. Counseling
groups and workshops are offered each semester and include such areas as
assertiveness training, womens issues, eating disorders, communication
skills, male/female relationships, grieving, and socializing skills.
Another important function of professional counselors is referral. If someone
else on campus or off campus can help with your concern, counselors will
help connect you with that person or office.
CAMPUS WELLNESS CENTER
The Campus Wellness Centers mission is to maximize individual choice and
provide students the opportunity to establish lifestyle patterns that promote
lifetime well-being. The goals include educating the campus population
on general wellness issues; providing support for those trying to better
some aspect of themselves; helping students realize their potential for
a high level of wellness; and creating an awareness that a wellness lifestyle
can bring a balance to ones life and help maintain good health.
Educational programming is provided by student peer educators who offer
presentations on a variety of wellness topics and participate in and support
other wellness-related programs and activities. The Campus Wellness Center
offers lifestyle assessments, workshops, forum series, self-help handouts
on a wide array of topics, and the Self-Development Center. Internships
are also available for all majors.
The Campus Wellness Center is located in Meriam Library 141 and can be
reached by calling 530-898-4697.
The Self-Development Center is designed for students who may need relaxation
training and information about various personal topics. A comfortable and
semi-private environment makes it easy to explore and use available resources
on a self-help basis.
Topic categories include:
Assertiveness & Self-Esteem
Behaviors & Disorders
The Self-Development Center is located within The Campus Wellness Center
in Meriam Library 141 and is open M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TESTING AND RESEARCH
The Office of Testing and Research offers services designed to provide
you and the university with better information for academic decision making.
The office administers a wide variety of tests used for admission to colleges,
universities, and professional schools. These tests assess your preparation
and potential for success in undergraduate programs, graduate programs,
or professional schools of law or medicine. Some of these tests are only
available on computer and are administered in a Computer-Based Testing
(CBT) Center located in the Testing and Research office, MLIB 143.
Testing and Research provides testing programs in the following areas:
American College Testing (ACT)
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT-CBT)
Record Examination (GRE-CBT)
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
Admission Test (MCAT)
Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
English Placement Test (EPT)
Entry-Level Mathematics Test (ELM)
Certification of Proficiency/Competence:
California Subject Matter Examination
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-CBT)
National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (CBT)
In addition, the office coordinates the Student Evaluation of Teaching
program that allows you to evaluate the teaching effectiveness of your
instructors. Your evaluations may be entered into the instructors personnel
files and considered in personnel decisions.
An instructional test-scoring service aids faculty in the development,
scoring, and analysis of objective tests used in the classroom and helps
faculty provide you with prompt feedback.