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Welcome to the Gordon State College Counseling Center!

The mission of Gordon State College Counseling Services is to provide brief, short-term, solution focused counseling. Topics covered in counseling may include the areas of decision-making, crisis intervention, problem solving, adjustment, and personal issues. Counseling Services are available to all currently enrolled Gordon State students. The Counseling Center is located in the Student Center on the main campus located in Barnesville. Any student attending any campus may contact the Counseling Center office at 678-359-5585 to make an appointment. Counseling services are provided to students attending satellite campuses on an as needed basis.

Students requiring long-term or specialized services are referred to off-campus resource sites to meet their needs. A list of off-campus community referral sources located in Barnesville and surrounding counties is maintained. This list is posted on the Counseling Center web site. Gordon State College does not endorse any resource listed on the Community Resource List. The list is provided as a service to Gordon State College students.

There are no fees associated with utilization of Gordon State College counseling services. However, community services may charge fees or require medical insurance for use of their services.

Counseling sessions are confidential. Information shared during sessions will be held in strict confidence except in situations, involving danger and/or risk of imminent harm to yourself or others, child or adult abuse. Counselors are required to disclose certain information in order to protect you and/or others. Disclosure to anyone outside of the Gordon State College Counseling Center requires written authorization.

Assessment and Intervention for:

  • Adjustment to College
  • General Personal Concerns
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Depression, Stress, & Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anger Problems
  • Sleep Problems
  • Crisis or Trauma Intervention
  • Sexual Misconduct, Rape, Incest, Abuse or Other Personal Violations
  • Substance Abuse & Addiction

Services:

  • Personal Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Campus Workshops & Programs

How to Make an Appointment:

  • Visit the Counseling Center located in the Student Center, Room 212 during regular office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm.
  • Call the Counseling Center at 678-359-5585 to schedule an appointment. Feel free to leave a voicemail if calling after regular office hours and your call will be returned as soon as possible in order to schedule your appointment.
  • Emergency Walk-In Appointments are available without an appointment.
  • In the case of a mental health emergency after hours, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Appointment Details:

  • Students should arrive early for their appointment. Required intake paperwork that takes approximately 15 minutes must be completed.
  • Appointments/sessions generally last about 50 minutes.
  • Students over 15 minutes late for a scheduled appointment will be rescheduled.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Outreach

A counseling staff member can come to your class or department to give an outreach presentation on a variety of counseling related and wellness topics. Inquire with counseling@gordonstate.edu

Consultation

Counselors are available to consult with faculty or staff, campus groups, administrative offices, or others who may be concerned about issues potentially affecting the personal and academic achievement of students. We can assist in dealing with a student in crisis, help access a difficult situation, facilitate interventions, or provide resources and/or make referrals where appropriate.

What is disruptive behavior?

Behavior that interferes with other students, faculty, or staff and their access to an appropriate educational or work environment is considered disruptive.

Examples of disruptive behavior:

  • Yelling or screaming
  • Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention
  • Words or actions that have the effect of intimidating or harassing another
  • Words or actions that cause another to fear for his/her personal safety
  • Threats of physical assault

How should I handle a disruptive person?

Remain Calm.
Many disruptive situations involve anger. Recognize that the period of peak anger usually lasts 20-30 seconds. If the person de-escalates, then you can calmly talk with them and take steps to resolve the conflict. If, however, the person does not de-escalate, then you may need to remove yourself from the situation and contact Public Safety at 5010 or in an emergency 5111.

What do we mean when we say distressed person?

Sometimes students exhibit behaviors that may be worrisome and may indicate that they are coping with a serious mental health problem. Mental health issues can alter the content of students’ communication and/or their behavior in the classroom. For example, an otherwise academically successful student may become withdrawn, depressed, and potentially suicidal. The depression may lead to poor grades, lack of attention in class, and other similar behaviors.

Potential Signs of distress:

  • Marked change in academic performance or other behavior.
  • Excessive absence or tardiness.
  • Exaggerated emotional response that is obviously inappropriate to the situation.
  • Feelings of depression or hopelessness.
  • Hyperactivity or very rapid speech.
  • Marked change in personal hygiene and/or attire.
  • Excessive confusion.
  • Dependency (individual hangs around or makes excessive appointments to see you).
  • Strange or bizarre behavior indicating loss of contact with reality.
  • Verbal or written references to suicide.
  • Verbal or written references to homicide or assaultive behavior.
  • Isolation from friends, family, or classmates.

If you are concerned a student may be considering suicide:

If immediate action is required, call Public Safety at 5111. If not imminently suicidal, call the Counseling Center for a consultation.

Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT):

The BIT was formed to address reports of troubling (inappropriate, disruptive, or harmful) patterns of student behavior and to intervene in emergency situations and help assess whether a student may need to be hospitalized or how to minimize the negative impacts on the student’s and their peer’s overall academic experience.

Members:
Vice President of Student Affairs
Director of Counseling
Nurse Practitioner
Director of Student Housing
Chief of Public Safety

Referral to Counseling

Download the Referral Form, fill it out and return to Counseling Services

Suicide Risk Factors

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)

Suicide Warning Signs

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

Helpful Gordon Resources:

Counseling Center/Accessibility Services 678-359-5585
Student Health Center678-359-5476
Provost 678-359-5018
Vice President of Student Affairs678-359-5056
Student Success Center678-359-5156

Helpful External Resources:

Upson Regional Medical Center 706-647-8111
Spalding Regional Medical Center770-228-2721
McIntosh Trail Pine Woods Crisis770-358-5252
Pathways Center770-358-5269
Georgia Crisis & Access Line1-800-715-4225
National Suicide Prevention Line1-88-273-TALK (8255)

Sexual Assault/Rape:

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474 Text “loveis” to 77054
www.loveisrespect.org
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
RAINN Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 1-800-656-HOPE
http://www.rainn.org/ Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center 24 hour crisis line 770-477-2177
http://www.scsac.com/index.htm

Sexual Harassment

Partner/Domestic Violence

Warning signs:
Your partner has an explosive temper
He/she is jealous of time you spend with family and friends
He/she repeatedly criticizes your ideas/thoughts and/or appearance
He/she slaps, pushes, grabs, or pinches you
Your partner forces you or intimidates you into sexual activity
He/she blames you for his/her anger
You are afraid of your partner
Your partner is controlling
You feel you have to apologize for your partner’s behavior when he/she treats you badly

Definitions of abuse:

Physical: Inflicting or attempting to inflict physical pain and/or withholding access to medication or medical care.
Emotional: Frequent criticism, belittling a person’s competency/abilities, name calling, and other efforts to damage a person’s self-image or self-worth.
Psychological: Controlling a person’s interaction with friends, family, work, or school. Forcing isolation, intimidation, threats, and blackmail.
Sexual: Any non-consensual sexual contact or treating someone in a sexually derogatory manner.
Economic: Efforts to make the person completely dependent on the abuser for money and/or financial survival.
Spiritual: Attempting to use the person’s faith against him/her.

Resources:

Haven House (serves Henry, Butts, Lamar, and Jasper counties)
24 hour crisis line 770-954-9229www.henryhavenhouse.org
Ahimsa House http://www.ahimsahouse.org/
Christian Women’s Center www.cwcga.org
Promise Place http://www.promiseplace.org/
24 hour crisis line: 770-460-1604
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474 www.loveisrespect.org
Love is Louder www.loveislouder.com
No More: Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault http://nomore.org/
Violence Prevention iPhone/android apps (pdf)

Alcohol Abuse

    Signs you might have a drinking problem:

  • Would you rather drink alone than with others?
  • Does drinking cause problems with school, work, or your interpersonal relationships?
  • Do you drink to avoid or forget your problems?
  • Do you have to drink more to get the same effects you once did?
  • Do you often injure yourself or get in trouble with the law when you drink?
  • Do you forget things or black out when you drink?
  • Do you keep alcohol hidden for a quick “pick me up?”
  • Do you drive after drinking?
  • Do you need a drink in the morning to get going?
  • Are you choosing to spend money on alcohol instead of other things you need?

Alcoholic Anonymous

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
http://www.aageorgia.org/

Gambling

Gamblers Anonymous
http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/

Eating Disorders

Warning Signs:

  • Change in general attitude or performance
  • Expresses body image concerns/dissatisfaction
  • Unable to accept compliments
  • Compares self to others
  • Overestimates body size/refers to self as gross, fat, ugly
  • Talks about dieting and avoids even nutritious foods because they are “fattening”
  • Eats small portions in front of others
  • Spends a lot of time alone
  • Sudden weight loss/gain/fluctuation
  • Feeling faint or tired
  • Dry hair or skin
  • Pretends to eat, then throws food away
  • Exercises excessively, missing a day causes anxiety
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Constantly talks about food
  • Wears baggy clothes to hide body
  • Avoids cafeteria
  • Denies any difficulty/trouble

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Information and Referral Helpline 1-800-931-2237

Conflict Management

Grief and Trauma

Mental Health Awareness

Helpful Resources

  • Drug Rehabilitation Locator, website that assists in locating substance abuse treatment centers. Search by city and state or by the type of facility seeking (i.e. detox, teen, dual diagnosis). This website is simply a resource to assist in locating possible rehabilitation facilities. Choosing a facility is a personal decision made by the patient and/or his/her family. Gordon State College does not endorse or align with any of these facilities specifically.
  • Ulifeline, information on various mental health issues (including depression, anxiety and suicide prevention), a place to e-mail questions, and links to other mental health sites.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a national 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource that provides immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.
  • Smoke Free at Gordon, resources to help you kick the habit.
  • Study Skills, worksheets to help you study.
  • Adjustment Tips, tips to aid in the transition to college life.
  • www.recoveryatlanta.org, substance abuse recovery resources in the Atlanta area.
  • www.recoverymacon.org, substance abuse recovery resources in the greater Macon area.
  • Ace's Space, American College Counseling Association.
  • Community Resource List (pdf)

Contact Information

Counseling
Student Center 212
419 College Dr
Barnesville, GA 30204
p 678. 359. 5585
f 678. 359. 5193

Laura M. Bowen
Director, Counseling & Accessibility Services
laurab@gordonstate.edu

Nicole Williams
Counselor
nicolew@gordonstate.edu

Ann Howard
Counselor
annh@gordonstate.edu

Treva Reeves
Admin. Asst. Counseling
trevar@gordonstate.edu