Outreach and Consultation Services
As an integral part of the Counseling Center and in keeping with its mission, the Outreach and Consultation Services (OCS) area promotes a community perspective by extending the services of clinical counselors beyond the physical site to the campus as a whole. OCS provides deliberate, systematic, and creative psycho-educational programming that emphasizes a multicultural and developmental perspective on prevention, wellness, and student self help. We work collaboratively with other staff and programs within the Center as well as with other departments and units to enhance the general campus climate.
The University of Illinois Counseling Center is committed to serving the mental health needs of students. This includes reaching out to students through consultations, workshops and other psycho-educational forms. Outreach requests are available to students, faculty and staff with sufficient notice (at least two weeks). Various workshop topics covered in the past include time management, stress management, relationship conflicts, and how to recognize depressive symptoms, just to name a few. Please refer to our workshops on request page if you would like to utilize these services. If you would like to request an alcohol education workshop please fill out the online Alcohol and Other Drug Office Outreach Request form. If you have further questions call our office at (217) 333-3704 or e-mail our current Outreach and Consultation Services Coordinator, Dynesha Mason Grissom, M.A. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach services include providing consultation services to academic and other student service units across campus. The Counseling Center has worked to establish strong relationships across various units on campus. Currently we provide direct liaison services to the College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Graduate College, and Veterinary Medicine as well as all cultural centers on campus. Our clinical staff also provides services to family housing and campus housing. The liaison service provides clinical consultation to students within the units and/or develops programming designed to meet their psychological and developmental needs. If you would like to access liaison services, please call the Counseling Center.
The University of Illinois Counseling Center values a campus climate that provides a safe and optimal learning environment for all students. In keeping with this mission, the Counseling Center is committed to providing leadership in areas of diversity that include but are not limited to LGBT populations, international student populations, first generation college students, and cultural/ethnic minority student populations. For more information, please contact the appropriate staff member for the following special interests:
- African American Student Outreach, Deidre A. Weathersby, Ph.D.
- Asian American Student Outreach, Sean Cheng, M.A.
- International Student Outreach, Rakhi Sen, Ph.D.
- Latino/a Student Outreach, Alejandro Gómez, M.S.W.
- Native American Student Outreach, Patricia Ricketts, Ph.D.
- Sexual Orientation Diversity Allies (SODA)
- Women’s Issues and Trauma, Patricia Ricketts, Ph.D.