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CALS Counseling Services Program

Program Overview

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recognizes the challenges that many of its students and the agricultural industry are both facing. CALS wants to offer its support to help students navigate these crises and the impacts of them on their mental health. As such, CALS is offering a new counseling services program in an effort to better support its students.

Program Details

Who is it for/who qualifies?

Any enrolled CALS student will be able to participate in these voluntary services

Starting March 1 and continuing throughout the spring semester 2021

Who will conduct the sessions?

A carefully selected and vetted staff member from the Counseling Center. The staff members is a licensed counselor in North Carolina and works under the supervision of a clinician at the Counseling Center.

What kind of sessions will be held/services provided?

One-on-one sessions, weekly drop-in hours, and group counseling sessions tailored to work with different community groups within CALS. All services will be provided via Zoom.

When will sessions be held?

One-on-one sessions: based on your schedule

Drop-in hours: Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. | beginning March 16 | Zoom link

Drop-in hours: Fridays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | beginning March 12 | Zoom link

Group counseling (available for any CALS student to drop-in): Tuesdays from 2:30-4 p.m. | beginning March 16 | Zoom link

How will CALS know if this new program is effective?

When you sign up for this program, you are invited to participate in a research project. The purpose of this study is to better understand the impacts of counseling services on agricultural students. It is the hope of the research team that the results of this project will create a better understanding of what mental health services CALS students need and lead to the creation of long-term resources for students. Check out below for more information about the research project and your privacy.

Do I have to participate in the research project to attend the CALS-specific groups or one-on-one sessions?

Nope! These CALS-specific services are not contingent on whether or not you decide to participate in the research study.

Interested in signing up?

For drop-in and group sessions, the Zoom links are above. For one-on-one sessions, visit Getting Started to initiate services and let the triage clinician know you are interested in the CALS Counseling Services Program.

Learn more about initiating one-on-one sessions

The Research Component of the Program

Your participation in the research is completely voluntary and will not impact your ability to receive counseling services. You can still receive counseling services if you choose to not participate in the research, or if you wish to withdraw from the study at any point. Any student who is enrolled in the College of Ag and Life Sciences at NC State is eligible to participate in the research.

To protect the identities of interested participants, commenting is turned off on this page. If you would like to share this opportunity with someone, please send it directly to them. If you have any questions about the research or program, please reach contact Coleman Simpson or Dr. Jackie Bruce

Your privacy

If you are interested in participating in this study, you will be provided a consent form to read and sign. If you agree to participate in this study, the only information that will be recorded and provided to the research team is the rating scale you will complete at each counseling session and how many students participated in the study. Your name will be recorded when you sign up for sessions or attend the group sessions, but all identifiers will remain only with the counselor and the Primary Investigator for this project. Your identity will be protected, and your responses will be assigned a participant number for any data shared after the completion of this project.

For example: if you attend four sessions, our data will show that Participant 1 attended four sessions, and the four scores from your Outcome Rating Scales would be attached to that number. Your name will not be shared with anyone besides the counselor and the Primary Investigator.

Your privacy on Zoom

The counseling sessions will be done via HIPAA-compliant Zoom, and no audio or video recording will take place during your sessions, as these sessions are conducted by a licensed counselor. Absolutely no notes about what you talk about in the sessions will ever be accessed by the research team at any time for any reason.

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