The Retreat

Loyola University Maryland Counseling Center's Newsletter

October 2021 Edition

What's New? ... Or Rather, Who's New?

Help us welcome the newest members of our team.

Whitney Hobson, Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Services for Students of Color


I am a staff psychologist and the coordinator of services for students of color. In my roles I will serve Loyola’s broad student community as it relates to mental health and wellness, while specifically focusing on the needs of students of color through fostering opportunities for community, empowerment, and healing. The impact of racial and cultural trauma and it’s link to institutionalized oppression is significant and students deserve a space to have that acknowledged and addressed. My clinical interests include anxiety and perfectionism, grief and loss and its broader application to adjustment and life transitions, racial, cultural, and gender identity development, self-empowerment, interpersonal relationship effectiveness, and social justice focused issues. My forms of self-care vary! My favorites tend to be cuddling with my dog, writing poetry, singing music at the top of my lungs, crafting, and traveling. I also try to check in with what my heart, my head, and my body needs at least once a day and honor that in a healthy way. One little known fact about me is that I am obsessed with fantasy/sci-fi fiction (often embarrassingly of the young adult variety)! *Shh! Don’t tell anybody!*

Ryan Sappington, Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Outreach, & Athletics Liaison


Ryan (he/him) is a new Staff Psychologist, as well as the Athletics Liaison and Coordinator of Outreach and Public Health. His areas of interest and expertise include issues of social justice, student-athlete mental health and performance, men and masculinities, trauma, grief, and racial/gender/sexual identity development. Ryan's self-care outside of work includes spending time with family and friends, watching Manchester United, playing soccer, running, and camping/fly fishing. Ryan's fun fact: He once managed to, against all odds, sneeze while keeping his eyes open (Guinness World Records hasn't gotten back to him about a certificate).


Fr. Joseph Ocran, Advanced Doctoral Extern

Fr Joseph completed his MSc in Psychological Studies from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and an MPsy in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, Virginia. He is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. Fr Joseph is a Catholic priest from the West African country, Ghana. From his experience of different cultures in Ghana, Scotland and US, he takes a holistic approach to the person, taking full account of multicultural diversity. He uses an integrative approach informed by various evidence-based therapies such as interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, Emotionally Focused Therapy and other humanistic therapies. Fr Joseph’s clinical and research interests include interpersonal relationships, social justice, identity development and mood challenges. In his spare time, he enjoys soccer and listening to music.


Maddie Fischer, Advanced Doctoral Extern

Maddie (she/her/hers) is an Advanced Doctoral Extern with the Counseling Center for the 2021-22 academic year. She is currently a third-year student at Loyola's PsyD program in Clinical Psychology. Her clinical interests include body-image and eating disorders, and relationship difficulties. Her favorite and best form of self-care is spending time with her niece and nephews. What's a little known fact about Maddie? She used to be a slalom ski-racer!

Groups & Workshops Spotlight -- Empower

Empower is a support group for students of color at Loyola that provides an affinity space for participants to discuss issues unique to their experience at a predominantly white institution such as academic stress, relationships, race/ethnicity related stress, identity development, and resilience, among other topics. Participating in this group will empower students and provide an opportunity for connection.


Wednesdays, Starting September 29

3-4:15 p.m.

SGA Conference Room, 3rd Floor Student Center


If interested in joining, fill out our registration form or contact Whitney Hobson at wbhobson@loyola.edu or Dennis Velez at dvelez@loyola.edu!

Social Justice Warriors:

GENDER REVEAL!


As mental health providers, the tool we use most in therapy is ourselves. As social justice agents, we strongly believe in the need to explore how our own personal experiences impact our worldviews, identities, and biases. To develop and maintain awareness and knowledge of our cultural identities, and deepen our skills as clinicians, our staff engages in a professional development process called Cultural Reflections each semester. This fall our focus is on gender identity.


Two of our staff members, Brandon Muncy and Beth Adolph, presented a staff training addressing prevalent theories of gender identity, gender-based discrimination, transphobia and systemic oppressions. For the remainder of the semester, full-time clinical staff members will each speak about their gender development journey in the presence of colleagues and be asked questions that help deepen understanding of our own gender identity. Not only does this provide each of us with the chance to share and learn about each other’s experiences, we appreciate the opportunity to practice the same vulnerability and increased insight we often ask of our students.


In addition to Cultural Reflections our staff is also finding other ways to deepen our awareness, understanding, and individual/collective growth related to gender identity. Throughout the semester, we regularly exchange content (e.g., articles, videos, podcasts, webinars) with each other to hold us accountable in the learning process. We also find that our ongoing reflection and learning pushes us to attend to issues of gender oppression and gender liberation in all of our conversations, policies and practices, clinical work, and outreach on campus. One thing that has become increasingly clear to us throughout these discussions is that rigid, narrow, and restrictive messages about gender – often rooted in the myth of a gender/sex binary (the idea that there are only two genders or two sexes) – are everywhere, and that these notions harm all humans, regardless of gender identity or expression (trans folx, cisgender folx, etc.).


Our Loyola community has, in recent years, made some progress in becoming a more gender-inclusive campus (e.g., gender neutral multi-stall bathrooms; the piloting of all gender housing option; and incorporation of preferred names in data systems). Nevertheless, we as a Center see many opportunities for growth and improvement, including normalizing the use and sharing of pronouns among members of our community, growing all-gender housing options, and creating an inclusive community where we can live out our Loyola value of being “persons with and for others.”


To learn more:


Public Health Campaign Spotlight- Suicide Prevention


For the Fall 2021 semester, the Counseling Center is focusing our public health campaign efforts on Suicide Prevention. The goal of this campaign is to help Loyola students, faculty, and staff build awareness and skills to recognize warning signs of suicide, be better equipped to help themselves and their peers, and utilize campus and off campus resources.


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for us all, underscoring the importance of a campus wide awareness of mental health struggles and our collective commitment to suicide prevention. Every part of life has been touched by the pandemic, necessitating a need for awareness and intentionality in how we care for our own emotional well-being and that of others. Most of us experience the emotional challenges of intense sadness, loneliness, helplessness and hopelessness at some point in our lives. These can be reactions to losses such as the death of a family member or the breakup of a relationship, feelings associated with racial trauma and other forms of cultural oppression or marginalization, or the result of blows to self-esteem such as failing a class or a major financial setback.


The suicide prevention campaign is aimed to equip students with the tools they need to help themselves and their peers. Please go to our Suicide Prevention Campaign website (loyola.edu/suicideprevention) to learn more.


Check out the posters and billboards around campus with important information about suicide and suicide prevention. And follow our Instagram page @loyolamd_counselingcenter, where we will be frequently posting content and resources relevant to this semester’s campaign.

Healthy Relationships Spotlight for October

October is Dating Violence Awareness Month and we want to direct you to a great resource about healthy relationships. Check out loveisrespect.org for great resources on healthy and happy partnerships. With resources like Dating 101, LGBTQ+ Dating Violence, How to End an Unhealthy Relationship, and a quiz on Am I a Good Partner?, you are bound to find tons of useful insights.


https://www.loveisrespect.org/dating-basics-for-healthy-relationships/dating-101/

https://www.loveisrespect.org/quiz/am-i-a-good-partner/

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Check out Kognito

What is Kognito?

An online tool that universities all throughout the United States and Maryland are using to help students, faculty, staff, and administrators learn to recognize signs of psychological distress in various student populations.


What will I learn?

Users learn how to approach at-risk students and make appropriate referrals to campus support services for screening and assessment through online role-play conversations with virtual students.


Where can I sign up?

Visit Kognito's website to get started!


Visit our website to learn more about registering for the Kognito training.

Join the Green Bandana Brigade!

Have you seen green bandanas on students' backpacks around campus?


What is the Green Bandana Brigade?

The Green Bandana Brigade’s goal is to spread awareness of campus, local, and national resources for students coping with mental health concerns. An individual with a green bandana on their backpack or in their office is identified as a safe, nonjudgmental person to approach with mental health-related difficulties. They know about available resources and they can provide resource cards to assist others in getting help and support. None of us has to be alone in our struggles.


How do I join?

In order to earn a green bandana and become an advocate for mental health, one must complete an online mental health training, Kognito. At the end of the training, the participant will be presented with a certification of completion. Bring the certificate to the Counseling Center to receive your green bandana and set of resource cards.


Learn more about the Green Bandana Brigade online!

Red Folder for Faculty and Staff

A supportive conversation with a student that is struggling can go a long way in helping them achieve success at Loyola. The goal is not to solve problems, but to provide caring guidance and assistance in connecting with campus resources.


To check out the Red Folder and other printable resources, visit our webpage for faculty and campus partners.

The Study Workshops and Tutoring for Fall

Check out The Study's schedule for fall academic success workshops below! To register, visit The Study's website and fill out their registration form.


Academic Goal Setting

  • Tue, Oct 12, 3 pm
  • Wed, Nov 3, 3 pm
  • Fri, Dec 10, 10 am


Time Management & Avoiding Procrastination

  • Tue, Oct 12, 2 pm
  • Fri, Oct 29, 9 am
  • Thu, Nov 11, 1 pm
  • Mon, Nov 29, 11 am
  • Fri, Dec 17, 1 pm


Test Taking Tips

  • Wed, Oct 13, 1 pm
  • Mon, Oct 25, 3 pm
  • Thu, Nov 11, 10 am
  • Mon, Nov 22, 9 am
  • Thu, Dec 9, 10 am


Test Preparation Techniques

  • Tue, Oct 19, 9 am
  • Wed, Nov 3, 4 pm
  • Thu, Nov 18, 1 pm
  • Fri, Dec 10, 11 am


Avoiding Test Stress and Anxiety

  • Thu, Oct 28, 1 pm
  • Tue, Nov 9, 1 pm
  • Fri, Dec 10, 1 pm


Effective Note Taking

  • Mon, Oct 18, 1 pm
  • Thu, Nov 18, 9 am
  • Tue, Dec 7, 4 pm

Exploring Your Learning Styles -- Tips on How to Study More Effectively

  • Tue, Oct 19, 10 am
  • Mon, Nov 1, 4 pm
  • Wed, Nov 17, 2 pm
  • Fri, Dec 10, 3 pm


Strategies for Improving Memory

  • Tue, Oct 12, 10 am
  • Wed, Nov 17, 2 pm
  • Fri, Dec 10, 3 pm


Reading Strategies

  • Tue, Oct 26, 11 am
  • Wed, Nov 17, 3 pm
  • Mon, Dec 6, 4 pm

Join Togetherall!

All Loyola undergraduate and graduate students can access free online mental health support with Togetherall, any time, any day.


Whether you’re struggling to cope, feeling low or just need a place to talk, Togetherall can help you to explore your feelings in a safe supportive environment.


What is Togetherall?


  • A community where members are anonymous to each other, they can share how they are feeling & support each other
  • Accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Clinically managed with trained professionals available 24/7 to keep the community safe
  • Self-assessments & recommended resources
  • Creative tools to help express how you’re feeling
  • Wide range of self-guided courses to do at your own pace


Sign up for Togetherall today!

In the Library

White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America - Khyati Y. Joshi.


In White Christian Privilege, Khyati Y. Joshi traces Christianity’s influence on the American experiment from before the founding of the Republic to the social movements of today. Mapping the way through centuries of slavery, westward expansion, immigration, and citizenship laws, she also reveals the ways Christian privilege in the United States has always been entangled with notions of White supremacy. Through the voices of Christians and religious minorities, Joshi explores how Christian privilege and White racial norms affect the lives of all Americans, often in subtle ways that society overlooks. By shining a light on the inequalities these privileges create, Joshi points the way forward, urging readers to help remake America as a diverse democracy with a commitment to true religious freedom.

Friends of the Counseling Center: David Tiscione and the Title IX office

The Counseling Center works closely with many campus partners to better reach all students. Each edition will feature one of our partners in this section and the work we do together. For our September issue, we'd like to share our partnership with our new Title IX officer, David Tiscione.


David Tiscione is the Director of the newly formed Office of Title IX, Compliance, and Assessment, and is Loyola’s Title IX Coordinator and ADA 504 Coordinator. David began his second stint at Loyola in 2018 as the director of student conduct. Originally from southern Maryland, he completed his B.A. in Communication Studies and Political Science with a minor in Leadership Studies at Frostburg State University and his M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. David has held various positions in residence life, student conduct, and Title IX at 4-year and 2-year institutions. His professional interests are Title IX, student conduct, law and policy, alcohol education, assessment, and social justice.


As the Director of Title IX, Compliance, and Assessment, David will be collaborating with campus partners to work toward a community free of sexual violence and harms. The office will collaborate with Title IX deputies and intake officers to receive reports about incidents and offer supportive measures and options to address the behavior. The office will also collaborate with campus partners, such as The Women’s Center and Counseling Center along with student groups to educate the community around issues related to sexual and gender-based misconduct.


In addition to work related to preventing and addressing sexual and gender-based misconduct, David, as the University’s 504 coordinator, will collaborate with University partners, such as Disability Support Services, Human Resources, and Facilities Management, to ensure our community is welcoming and supportive of community members of differing abilities. Finally, the office will collaborate with campus departments to assess the efficacy of the student experience outside of the classroom.


David’s office if located in Jenkins Hall 105 and can be reached by phone at 410-617-2763 and email at dmtiscione@loyola.edu.

Community Partner Highlight

Sheppard Pratt Quick Clinic


Psychiatric Urgent Care: Crisis Walk-In Clinic


Sheppard Pratt's Psychiatric Urgent Care is specially designed for people who need an immediate psychiatric triage.

We provide referrals to an appropriate level of psychiatric care. Individuals of all ages are evaluated by a licensed clinician. Those receiving services from Psychiatric Urgent Care must do so voluntarily, be medically stable, be free from drugs or alcohol, and be able to safely wait for evaluation in an outpatient clinic setting. When coming to Psychiatric Urgent Care, please be sure to bring your photo ID and insurance card.


We strive to serve everyone that walks through our doors, and clinician availability is dependent on demand.

Licensed clinicians at Psychiatric Urgent Care do not write or refill prescriptions.

Insurance and Paying for Your Visit

Patients are expected to pay their co-pay at the time services are rendered. We participate with Maryland Medicaid and Medicare, as well as many major insurance companies (including CareFirst, CIGNA, Aetna, and United Healthcare). Because of variations between policies, it is best to contact your insurer directly to determine whether we are in their network for your plan.

Psychiatric Urgent Care - Towson


ADDRESS


6501 N. Charles Street • Baltimore, MD 21204

PHONE


410-938-5302

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Closed on Sundays


https://www.sheppardpratt.org/care-finder/crisis-walk-in-clinic/

To be added to our mailing list please send a message to Hayley Holloway (haholloway@loyola.edu) or call (410) 617-2273