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Counseling Center

Workshops & Presentations

The Counseling Center provides information on mental health topics in a variety of formats, including:
  • On-site and Online Resource Library
  • Social media: @AUCounselingCtr
  • Campus community events
  • Consultation services
  • Educational Workshops 

EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS: The Counseling Center does its best to accommodate workshop requests for classes or groups. If you are interested in any of the topics listed below, or one that is not listed, please contact Dr. Shatina Williams, Interim Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation at shatinaw@american.edu or 202-885-3500. Please submit outreach requests at least two weeks prior to an event. Evening and weekend availability is limited, so early requests for staffing are strongly encouraged. The Counseling Center designs its workshops with the goals of raising awareness and providing information regarding mental health to as many people as possible. Therefore, programs created for larger groups are generally prioritized.

Possible workshop topics include:
  • Adjustment to college life
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Communication skills and active listening
  • Culture shock
  • Depression and suicide
  • Diversity awareness
  • Introduction to Counseling Center services
  • Overcoming procrastination and time management
  • Relaxation and mindfulness training
  • Resiliency
  • Stress management
  • Work-Life Balance and Self-Care

REQUESTS FOR INTERVIEWS: Due to the heavy demand for clinical services, the Counseling Center is generally not able to grant requests for in-person interviews with clinicians for class assignments. However, the center will do its best to accommodate such requests via email provided that the request is made at least two weeks in advance. To submit a request, please contact Dr. Shatina Williams, Interim Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation at shatinaw@american.edu. You will be asked to provide a list of questions, and they will be responded to in email format, time permitting. Providing clinical services to the student body is the center's top priority, so your understanding that the center may not always be able to accommodate your request is appreciated.

The Counseling Center also realizes that, occasionally, urgent outreach needs arise (e.g., when there is a tragic event or injustice). In these cases, please contact us, and every effort will be made to respond promptly.