From the Editors
Welcome to the fall edition of the CCAPS Newsletter! We know that everyone is
“full steam ahead” with the challenges and opportunities of a fresh, new
academic year. There’s just something extra invigorating about the freshness
and energy of the fall semester!
At the same time, we are all aware that counseling centers
across the nation are struggling to handle the increased numbers and severity of
student concerns. It seems that the work we do as mental health professionals
has never been more important, even as resources often become more stretched.
The two featured articles in this fall’s edition of the newsletter address both
of these topics: keeping our mental health work sustainable and dealing with
serious student concerns. Many of YOU contributed to our “Walking
the Talk” article, a compilation of wonderful self care ideas edited by Eric
Klingensmith. Thanks to you and your colleagues for submitting such creative
and useful suggestions! Another article, written by Jane Bost, describes a new
program, the Behavior Concerns Advice Line, which has been successfully used by
The University of Texas at Austin to detect and prevent campus violence.
Our CCAPS chair, Chanda Corbett, gives updates on a number
of ACPA/CCAPS summer highlights, including information on the Mental Health on
Campus Improvement Act and the American College Health Association Mental Health
Summit. It is exciting to see CCAPS being a strong presence and voice in both
of these new developments!
And speaking of exercising your voice, read about the
Continuing Education Committee’s opportunities to help continue the tradition of
excellent programs at the Spring convention. The Awards Committee also gives
updates on the nomination process to recognize excellence through CCAPS awards.
Don Marshall for NASPA, Lynne Reeder for the ACPA
Foundation and Cindy Cook for ACCCCS provide great information and updates about
those organizations which you’ll definitely want to check out.
Have a great fall semester and “walk the talk” of taking
care of yourselves!
- Jane Bost, Ph.D.
- Vivian Yamada, Psy.D.
- Eric Klingensmith, Psy.D.
- Leena Batra, Ph.D.