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Bowling Green, Ohio

The city of Bowling Green, Ohio, population 29,600 (including students), is located in northwest Ohio about 20 miles south of Toledo. Bowling Green State University's personal atmosphere is enhanced by its physically compact campus located within the Bowling Green community. Most restaurants and businesses are within walking or biking distance of the campus. 

Outdoor recreational activities are readily available, including the beauty and recreational opportunities of Lake Erie. Camping, hiking, biking, canoeing and other outdoor activities are merely minutes away. However, Bowling Green is also within a comfortable driving distance of all major cities in Ohio (Toledo - 30 minutes, Cleveland - 2 hours, Columbus - 2.5 hours, and Cincinnati - 3 hours). In addition, Detroit, Michigan is less than an hour and a half away, Ann Arbor, Michigan is one hour away, and Chicago is a four hour drive.

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University combines the personal atmosphere of a small college with the opportunities of a major university. With more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs, our learning community provides high-quality faculty members who care about their students, an appreciation for diversity, and the latest in information technology. Integral to campus life are the core values: respect for one another, collaboration, intellectual and personal growth, creativity and innovation, and pursuit of excellence.

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Counseling Center Overview

The Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Counseling Center is the primary psychological service facility on campus. Administratively, the Counseling Center is part of the Center for Health, which is within the Division of Student Affairs and under the purview of the Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).

Our multidisciplinary staff includes five full-time licensed psychologists (Clinical and Counseling) and four doctoral interns. We also have a full-time AOD prevention specialist, a post-masters clinical fellow, and a part-time case manager, and a licensed independent social worker. Our staff also includes trainees from different departments on campus. Throughout the academic year, we typically have two to four clinical psychology doctoral students (graduate assistants), and two to three mental health counseling interns. The Counseling Center staff adheres to the legal, professional, and ethical standards of the Ohio Psychology Law and Rules of the Board, Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and the Accreditation Guidelines of the International Association of Counseling Services.

Counseling Center Services

The Counseling Center provides individual counseling and psychotherapy, couples counseling, group counseling and psychotherapy, psychological assessment, crisis intervention, consultation and outreach. Our goal is to provide quality services in as short a time as possible, usually within 16 sessions or less. Counseling services are limited to enrolled BGSU students and are provided at no additional charge. Issues often addressed in counseling include: depression; anxiety; relationship concerns; study/test taking concerns; stress/anxiety reduction; family concerns; eating disorders; sexual concerns; grief and loss; coming out issues; experiences of physical/sexual assault and other concerns.

The Counseling Center maintains liaison offices in three residence halls for the provision of consultation and outreach services to residence hall staff and students. In addition, the Counseling Center maintains a liaison position with the College of Arts & Sciences for the provision of consultation and outreach services to faculty, staff and students within the College.

The Counseling Center is located at 104 College Park and is open Monday - Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Extended hours are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

 

The mission of the Counseling Center is to promote the psychological well-being of students from diverse backgrounds; to foster their development, learning, and academic success; and to provide appropriate intervention when students are experiencing serious mental health concerns.

The staff accomplishes this mission through providing psychological consultation to the Bowling Green State University community, including its faculty, staff, students, and their families.  The mission is also achieved through the provision of a variety of other psychological services, including assessment, counseling (group, individual, and couples), case management services, alcohol and other drug (AOD) assessment and psychoeducation, crisis intervention, training, community intervention/outreach programming, on-line psychological resources, supervision, testing, referral, and collaboration with psychiatrists as well as other medical professionals in Falcon Health to coordinate client care.

In providing such services, the staff of the BGSU Counseling Center strives to promote social justice and to demonstrate sensitivity to the diverse needs, backgrounds, values, and characteristics of our campus community.

The Counseling Center staff welcomes all students. We aspire to respect cultural, individual, and role differences. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive and affirming climate for individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ages, abilities, sizes, socioeconomic statuses, languages, and cultures.

The Counseling Center is administratively housed within the Division of Student Affairs which consists of a variety of departments that promote a positive environment for student success. Services offered range from student housing and dining services to athletics and health-related services.

The Division of Student Affairs complements Bowling Green State University’s mission to be the premier learning community in Ohio, and one of the best in the Nation. This is accomplished by the following practices:

  • We enhance student learning and achievement through innovative programs, services, and facilities that meet students’ developmental, social, physical and psychological health, and academic needs and interests.
  • We challenge and engage students by creating a supportive, learning-centered environment that encourages intellectual exchange, cultural literacy, self-assurance, respect for others, and the responsible exercise of individual expression.
  • We strive, in partnership with Academic Affairs, to help students integrate learning experiences and develop competence in critical thinking, written and oral communication, interpersonal relations, and leadership. Achievement of these learning outcomes prepares our students for life-long personal and professional growth.
  • Our aim is to prepare Bowling Green State University graduates for leadership in their communities, and meaningful involvement in an increasingly diverse, technologically sophisticated, and complex global society.

The Counseling Center Committees address the different functioning areas of the Counseling Center and are tasked to implement changes with input from Counseling Center staff. The following is a complete listing of the Counseling Center’s Committees and their function.

Assessment Committee:  

  • The Assessment Committee provides oversight in the development and implementation of measures to ensure that workshops and program activities are ongoing and meaningful. Members consult with program facilitators to develop measures for assessing programs. The Committee also develops and implements client symptom and satisfaction surveys to enhance the quality of care at the Counseling Center. 

Clinical Services Committee:  

  • Vision Statement: Clinical Services Committee will oversee all counseling center clinical services, ensuring that they are provided in a manner that are ethical, culturally competent, student centered, and timely in order to foster student success, safety, and well-being.

  • The Clinical Services Committee establishes and reviews clinical policies and procedures, assesses quality of clinical services, reviews and reports on critical incidents, reviews qualifications of clinical staff, and authorizes clinical privileges. The Committee also works towards maintaining staff morale and addresses training needs for professional development.        

Community Interventions Committee:  

  • The Community Interventions Committee plans and leads staff in implementing community-based prevention efforts related to mental health and substance use, as well as engaging students, faculty, and staff in programs and services that will empower them to intervene. The Committee also responds to requests from students, faculty and staff, and community members for programs and outreach on a number of different topics.

  • Community intervention programs have included: planning GRIT initiatives, Open House, maintaining a presence in campus-wide events (e.g. Campus Activities Fair, late-night events, campus orientations), and presentations on various mental health related topics. 

Diversity Committee:  

  • Vision Statement: The diversity committee promotes and assesses multiculturally competent, sensitive, and inclusive practices.  It implements strategies for connecting staff with underserved and under-represented groups and keeps staff abreast of diversity events and programs on campus and in the community.  The Committee also assists in promoting a community of individuals who feel empowered and able to embrace, respect, and advocate for each other’s uniqueness.

  • Committee activities have included: professional development presentations, facilitate discussions of current events, culture shares.

Social Justice Action Committee:

  • Mission Sentence: Impact individuals, couples, and groups’ positive mental health development while encouraging safe, celebrated, and respectful interactions with others. 

  • Vision Statement: Creating a community of care by fostering relationships with students, staff, and community members that promote each other’s well-being. Impacting and creating a climate conducive to being proactive and being a bystander that intervenes; stepping up to increase awareness of issues that affect the community and people in it.

  • Committee activities have included: providing professional develop for staff, collaborating with other committees to engage staff in discussion of multicultural and social justice topics, facilitating Privilege Walks for students, faculty, and staff.

Training Committee:  

  • The Training Committee serves as an advisory group for training programs, assesses efficacy of training programs, advocates for the needs of trainees, and implements selection processes for each training program.  The Committee offers support for supervisors, leads in planning training orientations, leads in the intern selection process for psychology interns, graduate assistants, and mental health counseling interns.

Professional Development Committee:  

  • The Professional Development Committee provides internal development programs and CEU opportunities compliant with various licensing requirements.

Characteristics of Counseling Center Clients

The following information was gathered from 2013-2014 client Data Forms.

GENDER IDENTITY

PERCENT (%)

Woman

61.5

Man

36.8

Transgender

0.7

Self-Identify

0.5

Not Reporting

0.6

RACE/ETHNICITY

PERCENT (%)

African American / Black

13.1

American Indian or Alaskan Native

0.1

Asian American / Asian

3.2

Hispanic / Latino/a

3.0

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

0.2

Multi-Racial

3.3

White

75.9

Self-Identify

1.1

Not Reporting

0.4

SEXUAL ORIENTATION

PERCENT (%)

Heterosexual

76.8

Lesbian

2.7

Gay

3.5

Bisexual

5.1

Questioning

2.3

Self-Identify

3.7

Not reporting

6.3

RELATIONSHIP STATUS

PERCENT (%)

Single

58.1

Serious dating or committed relationship

32.7

Civil union, domestic partnership, or equivalent

0.2

Married

1.4

Separated

0.3

Divorced

0.3

Not reporting

7.6

RELIGION

PERCENT (%)

Agnostic

11.6

Atheist

6.8

Buddhist

0.9

Catholic

16.8

Christian

36.1

Hindu

0.3

Jewish

1.2

Muslim

1.0

No preference

18.6

Self-Identify

4.7

Not reporting

2.5

RELIGIOUS IMPORTANCE

PERCENT (%)

Very Important

12.1

Important

24.2

Neutral

37.8

Unimportant

14.3

Very Unimportant

9.2

Not reporting

3.3

ACADEMIC STATUS

PERCENT (%)

First-year

29.5

Sophomore

21.3

Junior

20.3

Senior

20.0

Graduate / Professional degree student

8.4

Non-Student

0.1

Non-degree student

0.1

Other

0.5

Not reporting

0.4

 

PERCENT (%)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

2.5

1ST GENERATION

23.9

MILITARY SERVICE

1.0

REGISTERED FOR DISABILITY

8.4