USG sends grief counselors to FVSU’s campus

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September 25, 2015 – The University System of Georgia’s Counseling Directors Association will provide additional counseling for Fort Valley State University students impacted by the recent losses on campus. Counselors from Georgia Tech, Albany State and Georgia Southwestern universities, will offer aggregate grief counseling sessions in the Student Amenities Building’s banquet room for students the week of Sept. 28.

According to Jacqueline Caskey-James, director of FVSU’s Office of Student Health and Counseling Services, the counseling services help students on campus deal with the losses of senior mass communications student Taylor Moore and Office of Career and Alumni Services’ administrative assistant Louvenia Parks.

“It will be an aggregate workshop,” she said. “Students can come in to see us [at Office of Student Health and Counseling Services] any time, but one of the reasons we asked for additional help, is that we have not been able to meet the needs of all of our students who are suffering in silence. We have recently hospitalized four or five students. A lot of them have been experiencing intense depression over Taylor’s passing. So, we want to reach out to everyone to help them learn how to identify and utilize coping skills, so they’ll eventually gain acceptance.”

Caskey-James stated that the USG Counseling Directors Association is a collaborative initiative between Georgia’s 33 public member institutions. If a tragedy occurs on a USG-member campus, the other colleges offer counselors who are willing to travel to that institution to help provide counseling to students and staff members in need of it.

“FVSU legal counsel Charles Jones called the USG office,” Caskey-James said, who’s also a part of the counseling directors association. “The USG reached out to the directors association, and they called me. The chair suggested that they come out. Any time there’s a tragedy on any campus, [the organization] comes out. If there was a tragedy at another university, I would go if they called: that’s the beauty of having that networking ability through the association.”

For more details, contact Caskey-James, (478) 825-6174 or caskeyj@fvsu.edu.

Aggregate counseling sessions in Student Amenities Building Banquet Room:
Monday, Sept. 28
Session A: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session B: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Counselor: Dr. Totie Perez, Georgia Tech University director of counseling services

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Session A: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Counselor: Dr. Stephanie Harris-Jolly, Albany State University director of counseling and disability services

Thursday, Oct. 1
Session A: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Counselor: Dr. Alma Ketha, Georgia Southwestern, director of counseling services.