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Counseling Services is committed to a campus environment that promotes and enhances human strength and positive mental health practices. In order to meet this commitment we provide presentations on timely topics.  If you have questions please contact us (785)532-6927. View previously recorded presentations.

Fall 2018 Presentations

All presentations are held on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45 pm in Leasure 13

August 28, 2018
Adjusting to College 101: A Peer Panel
P.A.W.S. (Peer Advocates for (m)ental Wellness and Success)

The transition into college can be challenging for students, whether they’re coming from hundreds of miles away or right down the street. This week’s Kat Chat is aimed at identifying and addressing the usual stressors during this transitional period, and will feature a panel of students from different majors, ages, and activities to help answer all your burning questions about college life!



September 4, 2018
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Stress Management Tips & Tricks
P.A.W.S. (Peer Advocates for (m)ental Wellness and Success)

Before your schedule becomes too overwhelming, visit our Kat Chat to learn about helpful stress management tricks! We will address various areas such as sleep habits, time management, and self-care. Start your healthy habits now to ensure a successful semester at K-State!



  September 11, 2018
Understanding Depression
P.A.W.S. (Peer Advocates for (m)ental Wellness and Success)


Depression is one of the most common health issues for college students in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Many times, it goes untreated. Join us for this Kat Chat to learn more about the symptoms and treatments for depression, as well as the resources that are available for students on our campus.

September 18, 2018
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask the Question! Suicide Intervention & Prevention
P.A.W.S. (Peer Advocates for (m)ental Wellness and Success)

According to the CDC (2016), suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34. On our campus, we want students to understanding the warning signs and how to prevent attempts. Come to our Kat Chat to join a safe discussion about how to recognize the signs and engage in prevention.

 September 25, 2018
Financial Insights to Help Reduce Stress
Mallory Garza (pre-doctoral intern)
(a joint presentation with Jodi Kaus from Powercat Financial)

Seven out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances according to a new national survey*. K-State has a free resource you will learn about called Powercat Financial which offers free confidential peer-to-peer financial insights proven to reduce stress. From helping you make a plan to pay for school, to creating a spending plan that meets your financial goals, or just organizing your finances; their assistance can help you reduce your financial stress, avoid costly financial mistakes and learn how to create your path to financial wellness.
* https://news.osu.edu/70-percent-of-college-students-stressed-about-finances/

 October 2, 2018
Understanding Difference and Building Alliances Across Campus Cultures
Nisha Kumar (pre-doctoral intern)
(a joint presentation with Mirta Chavez from the Office of Diversity)

A joint presentation with Counseling Services and the Office of Diversity to provide education about issues of diversity and how we can work together as a campus community to foster positive change.

October 16, 2018
There Are Stranger Things Than Asking For Help!
Annie Connelly (pre-doctoral intern)
(a joint presentation with Paulicia Williams from Educational Supportive Services)
You're in college. You're a "big kid" now. You should be able to handle things on your own, right? Not necessarily. We'll discuss common issues that arise in university life (i.e failing grades, time management snafus, relationship issues, debt, etc) and campus resources that can help you overcome them.

 October 23, 2018
Maintaining Body Positivity & Healthy Habits: Holiday Edition
P.A.W.S. (Peer Advocates for (m)ental Wellness and Success) and Lafene WellCAT Ambassadors

Students that deal with body image issues may have an especially difficult time around the holiday season. This week, PAWS and the WellCATs
discusse body image and healthy habits for students to practice during this stressful time of the year.
Video Coming Soon!

October 30, 2018
Stomp the Stigma: Creating A Stigma-Free Campus
P.A.W.S. (Peer Advocates for (m)ental Wellness and Success)

Do you think you can tell fact from fiction when it comes to characteristics of mental health issues? Sit in on this Kat Chat as we break down the myths surrounding mental health, and discuss how we can turn our campus into a stigma-free community.
Video Coming Soon!

November 6, 2018
Embracing Change Through the Stages of Change Model
P.A.W.S. (Peer Advocates for (m)ental Wellness and Success)

New Year’s is just around the corner, and you may be starting to wonder what resolutions you’ll stick to in 2019. But change doesn’t have to wait for the holiday! At this week’s Kat Chat we will be exploring the Stages of Change and what they mean for your mental health. 
Video Coming Soon!

 November 13, 2018
Everybody Makes Mistakes: Identifying & Addressing Perfectionism
P.A.W.S. (Peer Advocates for (m)ental Wellness and Success)

Do you find yourself doing certain tasks over and over again until they are up to your own standards of achievement? Is this disrupting your daily routine? Talk with us about perfectionism and we’ll discuss how to overcome some of the negative emotions that are tied into these habits.
Video Coming Soon!

 November 27, 2018
Surviving Finals
Melissa Miller, LPC

Due to an unforeseen illness today's scheduled Kat Chat is cancelled.
Please click here to view a previously recorded version.