Introduction to Counseling
Laker Turf Stadium kick-off ceremony
Prior to the men's soccer game, SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley will officially open the facility together with Vice President for Student Affairs Jerald Woolfolk, Director of Athletics Sue Viscomi and esteemed alumnus and member of the 1966 SUNYAC men's soccer championship squad Dan Scaia, a 1968 Oswego graduate. The first 200 students in attendance will receive a free "Laker Turf Stadium Kickoff" T-shirt and a free soft pretzel. Free. 312-3056.
Location: Laker Turf Stadiium
Tuesday, Sept 1, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Concert: Bach cello suites by Matt Haimovitz
Renowned Israeli-born soloist Matt Haimovitz performs all six Bach cello suites, while visiting four Central New York locations. (The “moveable feast” begins with a Tuesday live-at-noon broadcast from the studios of WCNY FM (91.3), followed by a 3 p.m. appearance at the River’s End Bookstore. The musical tour resumes at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Tyler Gallery in Penfield Library.) The remaining suites at 7:30 p.m. Sheldon Hall: $15 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), including parking in lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. http://www.oswego.edu/arts. 312-2141.
Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall
Wednesday, Sept 16, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Women's Soccer Scrimmage vs. Lemoyne
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Soccer Field
Saturday, Aug 29, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. St. Lawrence
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Soccer Field
Tuesday, Sept 1, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
2015 New Jersey Event
Find out more and register: http://bit.ly/1T3Y0iT
Location: Ridgewood Country Club 96 W. Midland Ave., Paramus, N.J.
Thursday, Sept 17, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
Visit http://www.facebook.com/events/453070221388940 for the latest locations or suggest your own!
Location: Various Cities
Thursday, Sept 17, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
If this is your first experience with counseling, you may be feeling a little nervous about what to expect. We are hoping that this introduction will give you some sense of what the counseling experience is like and the framework in which it occurs.
First of all, you are to be congratulated on making the decision to seek counseling for yourself! The fact that you are initiating counseling at this time says that you want to do something positive for yourself. It suggests that you are dissatisfied with some or several aspects of your life and that you are ready for some changes.
Your counselor has the desire, ability, and training to help you identify and achieve your personal goals. He/she is in this profession because of a genuine commitment to helping people create more effective and happy lives for themselves. In counseling, your counselor will help you to understand your current concerns better. A big part of this is clarifying what you have been doing (often unknowingly) that has been counter-productive. You and your counselor can explore what changes you can make in your thinking, feeling, and behavior that could create more desirable results in your life.
Step 1: Making Your Appointment
• You can either make an appointment by stopping by or calling the CSC during business hours (Monday thru Friday 8:30 am - Noon & 1:00-4:30 pm). PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL COUNSELORS.
Step 2: Your First Appointment
• Before your appointment, you will be asked to complete some brief and basic paperwork.
• At first, you will have an "intake" session with one of our counselors to clarify the concerns and/or problems that prompted you to seek counseling. After your intake session, you will be assigned to a (perhaps different) counselor as soon as an available opening occurs (usually within 1 - 2 weeks).
Step 3: Building a Relationship With Your Counselor
• In the beginning, your counselor will help you focus on what you want to accomplish in counseling and help you formulate goals for your counseling experience.
• There are various possibilities for scheduling appointments. You and your counselor will decide together on the schedule that seems most appropriate for you. We will do our best to respond to your needs as efficiently as possible while taking into consideration the increasing requests for our services.
• It has been our experience that the more committed you are to actively participating in the counseling process, the more satisfied you will be with the results of counseling. Also, the more invested you are in your own growth, the more quickly you will see these desired changes occur.
Some suggested guidelines for your role as a client:
• To enter counseling with an idea of what the issue/problem is, and how you would like your life to be different.
• To talk about your concerns honestly and openly.
• To follow through on any tasks that you and your counselor may establish as weekly goals.
• To be willing to experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving.
• To make a commitment to keep scheduled counseling appointments, and to call in advance to cancel an appointment if you are unable to keep it for any reason.
Your counselor's role:
• To listen attentively and empathically.
• To help you to understand yourself and your situation better.
• To be honest and open in his/her interactions with you.
• To be respectful and supportive.
• To help you to identify more effective ways of thinking and behaving.
Other Important Information About Our Services
• Counseling sessions will be about 50 minutes long, and will usually end at ten minutes before the next hour. Your counselor will make every effort to start your session within the first five minutes of the hour. However, sometimes between appointments we have business matters to attend to, urgent phone calls to make, or an unexpected urgent situation to respond to. We ask for your patience and understanding in those instances where we may need to delay or postpone your appointment.
• It is important for you to know, that with very few exceptions, what you talk about with your counselor is strictly confidential and stays within the Counseling Services Center. Exceptions to this are explained in the Confidentiality Section (see "About Our Services").
• As part of their on-going training, some counselors may record counseling sessions, but only with your prior knowledge and consent. To maintain quality services, the CSC counselors consult with one another on a regular basis. Again, any information shared between counselors is treated respectfully and is confidential to the Counseling Services Center.
• There are times when a client may be asked to sign a release of information form, authorizing his/her counselor to speak with a person named on the form. This may be requested, for example, if you received previous counseling from a provider outside of our counseling center. This enables your counselor to provide continuity of service and/or coordination of care.
• Typically, you and your counselor will make a mutual decision about when to end the counseling relationship. If, however, you "no-show" for an appointment and do not contact the Counseling Services Center within two weeks to reschedule your appointment, your counselor will conclude that you wish to terminate the counseling relationship. Your counselor will therefore close your file, with the understanding that you are welcome to reinitiate counseling in the future.
• You have taken the first step--a big step--to help yourself by making an appointment for counseling. You are to be commended for making the decision to enter into a counseling relationship; it is an expression of your desire for self-enhancement. Your counselor will serve as a facilitator, catalyst, and support person as you continue on your journey of personal growth and empowerment.
• For your convenience, you may want to enter the building through the side door (located by the loading dock on the west side of building).
• If you have any questions about these policies, please do not hesitate to discuss them with your counselor.