Our Mission and Team Structure
Kansas State University Counseling Services, in support of the overall mission of the University, provides high quality professional services to help all students meet their full potential – personally, academically, and socially. Within an accepting, sustaining and compassionate setting, Counseling Services provides a professional resource to attend to the psychological needs, promote the well-being, alleviate concerns, facilitate problem resolution, and enhance the success of our students.
As a professional staff, we value our culturally diverse campus community. We are committed to ethical and professionally competent behavior consistent with our training, our experience, and the mission of this university. While appropriately protecting confidentiality, we work collaboratively with other entities, both on and off campus, to promote a safe and healthy environment. During times when a critical event may occur, we are ready to offer timely response through consultation, debriefing, and follow-up to lessen trauma and promote resolution.
OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
At all times we work diligently to provide culturally sensitive and relevant services for all our students, embracing their gender identity, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion/spiritual beliefs, and all other representations of diversity.
In addition, we are committed and willing to make a public stand for actively supporting human rights and influencing a positive campus environment, even when others may not popularly receive these in the community. This reflects qualities such as compassion, acceptance, and respectfulness, and demonstrate values of social justice.
In May 2001, Kansas State University Administration and each governmental group representing faculty, staff, and students created and approved a document titled "Principles of Community." In the spring of 2011, the "Principles of Community" were updated. The values long identified and espoused by the Counseling Services Staff are congruent with this sense of community.
Many of our staff are trained "SafeZone" allies and our agency supports the continuing education of our community to end violence in all forms and promote a safe and equitable environment.
We are a professional staff committed to ethical and professionally competent behavior consistent with our training, our experience, and the mission of this university. More specifically, our agency was built upon and maintains the following goals and values.
- For client services we feel it is essential that we are:
- Responsive to need - Able to identify and respond in a timely manner to client needs and requests for service. This responsibility should not be reactive, but include the need to anticipate, interpret and educate clients toward reasonable and appropriate forms of assistance.
- Sensitive to student advocacy - Willing to make public stand for actively supporting human rights and influencing a positive campus environment even when others may not popularly receive these in the community.
- For our overall agency operations we also feel that it is essential that we are:
- Growth oriented - Committed to providing opportunities for human development for clients and our staff including the enhancement of personal functioning and professional ability.
- A supportive/caring environment – Seen through interactions within our group and to outside constituents and that these interactions reflect qualities such as compassion, acceptance, and respectfulness, and demonstrate values of being charitable, forgiving, and appreciative.
- A flexible/adaptive operation - Allowed and even encouraged to have our individual variation in carrying out responsibilities and creating new processes that stimulate new energy for staff and new possibilities for service.
- Committed to self-responsibility/self-discipline - Each staff person is expected to make commitments to carry out specific job tasks that contribute to the overall mission of the agency and have the self-discipline to do this under minimum supervision.
- In addition, we value:
- Transparent/open interactions – Striving to provide means for authentic, honest and candid discussion (even debate) of issues in open direct forum for all staff (or at least affected parties) so that variant points of view can be aired.
- Accountability – As seen in our willingness to document the quantitative use of our time and the qualitative impact of our service delivery through accurate portrayal of data and appropriate research.
- Quality-assurance reviews - Diligently determining throughout our agency procedures that high standards are met and maintained.
- Personal satisfaction - Taking measures to make the workplace an enjoyable, fun and rewarding situation, reducing stresses and anxieties whenever possible.
- Operational efficiency – Minimizing the use of resources and striving towards efficiency without jeopardizing the quality of our services.
As a staff, we periodically review, augment and re-prioritize our values statements as part of our ongoing growth and development together. In addition, each semester, the staff of the Counseling Services meets to discuss and plan for the provision of services; these meetings allow us to apply creativity and flexibility in adapting our services to the ever-changing needs of the K-State campus community.
Working together and integrating our services:
WHAT TEAMS COVER AND CONNECT
WHO THEY ARE:
Team chairs are set with membership of Teams to be clarified each summer with senior staff and interns are added after intern orientation in early August.
Admin Team: Composed of Director/Chair, Associate Director-Clinical, Assistant Director-Training, Public Service Administrator, and Accountant.
Clinical Team: Composed of Associate Director-Clinical/Chair, Eating disorder sub-team and eating disorder awareness planning, Groups Coordinator, Biofeedback, Public Service Administrator, Administrative Specialist-Front Desk, One Intern.
Training Team: Composed of Assistant Director-Training/Chair, Co-Coordinator of Sup of Sup & Practicum, Assessment, Public Service Administrator, Administrative Specialist-File Coordinator, One Intern.
Outreach Team: Composed of Director/Chair, chairs of the work groups (see below) and Outreach Coordinator, Accountant, Administrative Specialist-File Coordinator, Alcohol and Other Drug Education Coordinator, Project ABC Coordinator and Two Interns.
Online Programming/Web: (Outreach Coordinator), Director, Accountant
Presentations and Tabling: (Outreach Coordinator), Project ABC Coordinator
Marketing: (Administrative Specialist-File Coordinator), Accountant, Outreach Coordinator
Liaisons: (Alcohol and Other Drug Education Coordinator), Director, Outreach Coordinator