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Counsellor in Residence

Purpose

Students have a lot of commitments and stresses throughout the year, and one of our purposes in residence is to foster a supportive community and resourceful environment. The Counsellor in Residence (CIR) program is an initiative that supports our students’ mental well-being in residence through a partnership with the Student’s Union Wellness Centre. The program aims to increase awareness around mental health, fight the stigma, support and improve mental health, and increase knowledge about mental health.

The CIR program offers a variety of opportunities to support residents and to offer the opportunity for residents to learn more about themselves, their well-being and how to improve their mental health.  The program meets these goals by offering events, discussion groups, bulletin boards, and counselling and case management sessions that meet a wide array of needs.

The program takes into account the concept of Flourishing, a positive psychology concept that reflects the importance of mental health care.  Good mental health can be achieved in the presence or absence of mental illness.  Further, living without mental illness does not mean that one is mentally well.  

Booking an appointment

Setting up a meeting with the Student Support Advisor is as easy as an email or phone call.  To set up a meeting, email residence.wellness@ucalgary.ca or call (403) 220-3028.  The voicemail is secure, so feel free to leave a message. You can also contact the Wellness Centre at 403-210-9355, Option #2.

 If a resident’s schedule does not work with the schedule of staff, staff will work with the resident to find a time that works at the Wellness Centre, rather than meeting in residence.

 If you need emergency support now, please contact one of these services or Calgary Distress line at 403.266.HELP (4357) anytime. 

Who is who?

The four mental health professionals that facilitate the program are staff from the Student’s Union Wellness Centre. The first contact for any appointment, student support, and the staff member who facilitates programming within residence is the Student Support Advisor.  This person is the face of the “Counsellor in Residence” and is the first contact for residents who are seeking support.  This person holds the intake meeting and will work with residents to decide the best plan for the student moving forward. We encourage you to talk to them at events or programs!

The three other staff are psychologists that hold two to four appointments a week in a residence. If a resident’s schedule does not allow for them to meet during the set appointment times in residence, these psychologists will ensure they can create an appointment with the resident at the Wellness Centre.

Programs

The Counsellor in Residence program strives to offer important and diverse programming initiatives throughout the academic year.  Programs may focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Managing loneliness, depression or anxiety
  • Navigating relationships
  • How to help others struggling with mental health concerns
  • Treating eating disorders
  • Stress management

The above topics have been suggested by residence students in the 2015/16 academic year through survey results. If there is a topic you would like to learn more about, a workshop you’d like to take part in, or mental health initiative that you would like to start, contact the Counsellor in Residence at residence.wellness@ucalgary.ca