LifeShops Outreach Tools & Services

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What is Counseling?
This page offers a description of counseling that both evades concepts that usually lead to stigma-based reactions while activating curiosity in students about the discoveries likely in a counseling experience. Introducing the metaphor of a mirror, this page presents counseling as an arena of self-examination and self-adjustment.  The mirror metaphor also allows for a brief description and explanation of some common counseling reflective techniques and why they are often employed.  

LifeShops Web Content
The content on LifeShops web pages are written in layered links. Each topic has a main introductory page with several links to elaborate on other aspects of that topic. Thus, students can read more general introductions to the life issues in each page or use the links within the main topic pages, if they wish to learn more about each topic.  

LifeShops Web Pages are written in a language style that emphasizes a developmental approach to describing mental health concerns and normalizes many of the difficulties college students face.

Rather than creating links on mental health issues from your website to other internet sites (sites which are often part of other university counseling center web pages), your LifeShops pages can be customized to include the contact information of your center.  In simplest terms, LifeShops web pages say to the browsing student, "The expertise to help you is right here on your campus...and we're easy to talk to." 
Understanding Depression
Many students have unclear notions about what depression is and may avoid treatment as part of a larger avoidance of social stigma they may associate with depression. These pages includes several links, including an Introduction Page that reviews symptoms and summaries of various forms of mood disorders and depressive episodes.  These pages includes a Review of Causes and explains different Treatment Modalities. Each page includes encouragement to seek help, with a section that can be customized to include the contact information for your center.   

Understanding Disordered Eating

Disordered Eating continues to impact college counseling students at near epidemic levels. This series of web pages addresses various aspects of disordered eating on college campuses and is directed toward the different audiences that are impacted by this pervasive problem. The links include an Introduction PageA Different Kind of Hunger page which summarizes the emotional underpinnings of disordered eating, a page explaining Terms Associated with Eating Disorders, detailed pages offering suggestions on How To Help a Friend struggling with disordered eating, and a New Freshmen 15 page, offerings reminders of the many other dimensions of life that fill college students lives beyond the over-focused attention on body image that characterizes much of college campus social climates. 

Understanding Grief and Loss
There are two main objectives of the Understanding Grief and Loss page: to normalize the grieving experience for students who have experienced a loss and provide an understanding of grieving to help them navigate this painful experience. A brief introduction introduces the legitimacy of various kinds of losses. The page goes on to describe the various emotional reactions to grief (including anger, sadness, numbness/denial, and fear). There is a brief discussion on complicated bereavement which introduces psychological difficulties that might emerge with complicated bereavement. Included in this package is a letter that can be sent to various campus communities impacted by a loss or loaded onto your website. 

Understanding Conflict
The Understanding Conflict pages are available to introduce students to some insights and skills that will help them navigate disagreements of all levels. The Understanding Conflict links includes an Introduction Page that introduces the elements of conflict toward helping students become sufficiently familiar with the details involved in an argument, suggestions on  Assessing the Climate of Conflict, a framework of Fighting Together that helps maintain a productive perspective in conflict, and Strategies in Conflict, which reviews fundamental communication strategies.

Please forgive the mess.   The following web content are in the process of being re-formatted into PDF documents, for easier loading onto various content management systems that can lead to very different layouts of the original HTML format of this content.   Stay tuned!