Counseling Services

Presentation Requests

If you would like a Counseling Services staff member to speak to your class or student organization, please call our office at 670-1470 or email counseling@washburn.edu with your preferred date, topic, anticipated number of students in the class/organization and location for the presentation.  

Below is a list of commonly presented topics by Counseling Services to choose from:

-Biofeedback:

The EmWave by Heart Math is a software tool designed to detect and display the body’s physiological responses to mood state. Presenters will begin with an introduction to the autonomic nervous system and its subcomponents, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Participants will gain and understanding of how the sympathetic nervous system regulates the body’s response to heightened emotion (particularly stress, anxiety, and fear) as well as how the parasympathetic nervous system is implicated in relaxation. Presenters will discuss how, with practice, the relaxation response can be initiated intentionally. Participants will have an opportunity to use the EmWave software themselves and see a live feed of their own body’s responses to stress and relaxation.

 -Cultural Adjustment:

Counseling Services’ Cultural Adjustment presentation is geared towards students who are studying abroad as well as those that intend to do so or have recently returned from a study abroad trip. During this presentation, participants will explore common phases of adjustment and homesickness with a focus on normalizing these experiences and building skills to cope with them.  Presenters discuss what to watch for and how to seek appropriate help for a mental health condition. Presenters take care to frame study abroad opportunities as unique and valuable while providing resources and information to cope with the stressors which can arise from even the most positive experiences.

 -Introduction to Counseling Services: 

Interested in increasing your students’ awareness that Counseling Services are available, but don’t need (or can’t allot time for) a full presentation? During our Introduction to Counseling Services presentation, staff will come by your class or organization event, introduce themselves, discuss the logistics of accessing counseling services (where we’re located, hours, fees, common concerns, etc.), and answer any questions presented by the participants. This mini session typically lasts 10 – 15 minutes.

 -Stress Management…

This presentation series is designed to raise awareness of the impact of stress on daily functioning and academic performance. Additionally, participants will increase their awareness of resources on campus.

 … For College Students

This interactive presentation will engage participants in exploring the prevalence of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression on college campuses. Participants will also explore the specific stressors they face and how all stress, positive and negative, can affect performance. Presenters will discuss the body’s physiological responses to stress and introduce techniques which can be utilized to increase relaxation and productivity.

 … For Law Students

This interactive presentation is focused on increasing awareness of personal stressors and the impact of stress and anxiety on performance. Presenters will discuss the body’s physiological responses to stress and introduce techniques which can be utilized to increase relaxation and productivity.  Presenters also frankly discuss the prevalence of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression amongst law students and professionals, then introduce lifestyle changes students may begin integrating into their lives now in order to increase personal resilience and performance throughout their careers.

 … For Veterans

This presentation is geared towards veteran groups and courses composed predominantly of veteran students. Our veteran students have much to offer in the classroom and when interacting with their peers. However, their life experiences can leave them feeling isolated and separated from the traditional university experience. Participants are encouraged to consider their place on campus and what the unique contributions they make to the diversity of the student body. Triggers will be reviewed as a stressor unique to each individual followed by discussion regarding how to identify and cope with triggers and other stressors. Presenters will discuss the body’s physiological responses to stress and introduce techniques which can be utilized to increase relaxation and productivity.

 -Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes:

Based on Stephen Ilardi’s, The Depression: The 6 Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs, this presentation focuses on key behavioral changes which serve to prevent and alleviate depressive symptoms. Participants will be encouraged to explore how individuals react to stress and declines in mood, which reactions are most helpful (and which are hurtful), and how individuals can intentionally focus on specific lifestyle changes which are supported by research in order to achieve their maximum potential and productivity.

 -Healthy Relationships and Self-Esteem:

This presentation includes an interactive approach to help student define self-esteem, discuss what influences a person’s self-esteem, what damages a person’s self-esteem, what low or high self-esteem may look like and how to improve one’s self-esteem.   During this presentation, there will be large group discussions, role-playing activities and small group discussions.  The presentation will also identify how self-esteem influences a person’s relationships and how self-esteem influences “consent”.  Campus and community resources will also be identified and recommended.

 -Healthy Relationships and Values, Rights and Needs:

This presentation includes an interactive approach to help student identify what are their values, rights and needs.  Discussions will focus on how a person defines their own values and what the fundamental rights in a relationship are, as well as how to prioritize needs.  During this presentation, there will be large group discussions, role-playing activities and small group discussions.  The presentation will also identify how a person’s values, rights and needs influence relationships and how a person’s values, rights and needs influence “consent”.    Campus and community resources will also be identified and recommended.

 -Healthy Relationships and Boundaries and Assertiveness:

This presentation includes an interactive approach to help student define their boundaries.  Discussion will focus on the different types of boundaries and how to enforce boundaries.  Different type of communication; assertive, aggressive, passive and passive aggressive, will also be identified and discussed.  During this presentation, there will be large group discussions, role-playing activities and small group discussions. The presentation will also identify how a person’s boundaries can influence relationships and how a person’s boundaries influence “consent”.  Campus and community resources will also be identified and recommended.

 -Healthy Relationships and Equality and Culture of Change:

This presentation includes an interactive approach to help student identify equality.  Discussion will focus on the different types of equality, in addition how to students can create a “culture of change” and discussion will focus on how to make a “change”.  This presentation will also include current media examples of gender roles.  During this presentation, there will be large group discussions, role-playing activities and small group discussions.  The presentation will also identify how a person’s perception of equality can influence relationships and how a person’s perception of equality influences “consent”.  Campus and community resources will also be identified and recommended.