In place of readings, papers, exams and etc., CCPs contract to work with various Student Affairs units during their 2nd and 3rd semesters. These are a few of the projects they participate in:
Tuesday @ 7 Workshops
The Tuesday @ 7 Workshops are presented by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals in order to provide information for the general student population. The topics cover a variety of personal, social, and academic concerns. Workshops are presented every Tuesday night at 7 pm, during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Workshops on Request
CCPs present single session workshops to student groups and living units. These Workshops on Request usually last one to two hours and cover topics such as: Time Management, Stress Management, Study Skills, Procrastination, Self-Confidence, Test Anxiety, Communication in Relationships, etc.
Counseling Center Involvement
- Alcohol and Other Drug Office
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Eating Disorders and Disturbances
- Expressive Arts Programming
- Inner Voices Social Issues Theater
- Integrative Health & Wellness
- Media Outreach
- Outreach & Consultation Team
- Suicide Prevention/Kognito At-Risk Promotion
CCPs may work on various teams within the Counseling Center depending on agency needs. Although several teams are termed “treatment” teams, there is very little clinical work within those teams. They generally do research and discussion about the issue and often involve some outreach component.
Campus Cultural Involvement
Working closely with the various culture houses, CCPs are involved with activities that promote identity exploration and cultural understanding. Some examples include:
- Asian Pacific American students
- Black students
- International students
- Latina/o students
- Queers & Allies
- Students with disabilities
- Programming for underrepresented student populations
CCPs work with various units throughout campus to present workshops for specific student populations. Activities might include presenting workshops on academic issues, personal issues, and special topics relevant to culturally diverse students; meeting with the coordinator; and attending events at the cultural houses.
University of Illinois Diversity Conference
CCPs work with Counseling Center staff to help organize and prepare for the annual Dennis H. May Conference on Diversity Issues and the Role of Counseling Centers. The conference is held each year in September. CCPs observe the process for organizing such an event, give feedback and input, and might be involved in some activities.
These are independent projects that the CCPs choose and create. SIP’s must be relevant to the Counseling Center Mission and result in a tangible product or service. They may also be individual projects that fit with one of their other project/service assignments. Some past projects have included developing a brochure for out-of-state transfer students; facilitating a coming out support group for LGBT students; developing a support group for LGBT students of color; preparing a multi-disciplinary show focused on AIDS in Africa to promote awareness and raise money; work with “Locks for Love” to donate hair to cancer victims; create a workshop for students with hidden disabilities and chronic pain; develop a workshop on religious diversity on campus; etc.