A Message to Our Students
Welcome Fall 2017
Be sure to take time to care for yourself and others!
UCR Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Affairs Case Management (SACM) staff want to acknowledge a range of reactions to the recent national events and tragedies. Please take the time to notice and honor your feelings and the feelings of those around you. Make time for self-care through talking, listening, moving, breathing, relaxing, or any other activity that brings you peace and balance. CAPS and SACM are here to listen and support you. If you are struggling with the personal impact of a tragedy; the tone of national discussions; or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of your race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, political affiliation, country of origin or other aspect of your identity; please contact CAPS for support (counselors available by phone 24/7) 951-827-5531. You may also use our walk-in services (M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Veitch Student Center, North Wing). SACM is also available to support your needs at 951-827-5000. UCR CAPS and SACM can provide safe spaces for discussions on identity, grief, empowerment, intercultural competency, and the impact of current events and other stressors. As this is a highly emotional time for our nation, we recommend several strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the quarter including:
• Acknowledge your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
• Focusing on tasks or events that are in your contro
• Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you.
• Focusing on the present and shifting away from the future focusMonitoring your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits.
•Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels.
•Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day.
•Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus
• Attend a Wellness activity •Contact the Hate Bias Response Team if you have experienced a bias or identity-based violence: Contact Joe Virata, Assistant Dean of Students at 951-827-7215 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go online here: https://ucsystems.ethicspointvp.com/custom/ucs_ccc/default.asp
•Utilize self-care apps such as Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iphone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android)
Did You Know?
Counseling and Psychological Services does not provide academic advising. For academic
counseling, call 951-827-3411.
A Counselor On Duty is available at Counseling and Psychological Services weekdays,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All students who pay UCR registration fees are eligible for free Counseling and Psychological
Counseling and Psychological Services serves as a national test center for the LSAT
Group therapy allows you to connect to others with similar concerns and to listen
to shared issues.
Couples Counseling is available for students and their partners or spouses.
Counseling and Psychological Services has designed an online guide to help faculty
and staff respond to distressed students.
Counseling and Psychological Services staff includes licensed psychologists, marriage
and family counselors, and pre-doctoral interns.
Counselors are available by phone 24 hours daily by dialing 951-827-5531 or 951-UCR-
You can take an online assessment right now to see how you're doing emotionally.
Everything you discuss with a UCR counselor is confidential unless it falls under
the legal exceptions.
Counselors are available for workshops and presentations, including weekly meditation