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Outreach and Education

What is Outreach?

Outreach allows the CSC to increase college student mental health awareness through education, stigma reduction, and prevention. 

The CSC offers programs and workshops for students, faculty, and staff. They are meant to enhance learning, development, and provide a venue for discussion to take place.


The Counseling Services Center provides a wide range of programs, workshops, and training for students, faculty, and staff. To accommodate the campus community and provide as many opportunities as possible, we require two weeks advance notice for all requests. This will allow us to prepare and provide quality education.

All requests must be submitted through the request form below. Do not send requests through email to individual staff members. Only inquiries submitted via the request form will receive a response.

CSC Request Form

Media Requests

Requests for interviews with campus and Oswego community members are given priority over requests for class projects and other assignments. Interviews for class projects and assignments will not occur during finals week. 

Please refer to the Counseling Services Center website prior to making a request. Many frequently asked questions are answered on our site, and data about mental health issues, common presenting concerns, and treatment on college campuses can be found in the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) annual reports.

Outreach Requests

If you are interested in having one of our staff members present for a class, provide a workshop for your organization or residence hall, or train the members of your faculty and staff, please fill out the request form above so we can help meet your specific needs. If you are interested in something not listed here, please submit the request form and include a brief description of what you are looking for. Our Outreach Coordinator will contact you with options.

Topics often covered in our programs, workshops, and training include: 

  • Mental health services and resources available at the CSC
  • Stress reduction and coping skills
  • Suicide prevention and crisis management
  • Listening and communicating skills
  • Education about anxiety and depression
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Expressive arts activities
  • Mental health in the classroom
  • Managing test anxiety, and much more

Counseling Outreach Peer Educators (COPE)

The COPE team assists the Counseling Services Center in spreading awareness about mental health issues, by facilitating programs and providing information about a variety of topics that can impact the well-being of students.

The COPE Team

The COPE team is dedicated to providing college students with valuable skills to navigate and manage stressful life situations more effectively. This team consists of undergraduate students from various backgrounds, bringing a diverse range of cultural and life experiences. Members of the COPE team are committed to:

  • continuous learning
  • teaching others
  • evaluating effectiveness
  • setting positive examples
  • effectively communicating both in person and through social media platforms
COPE helping you find balance

Team members possess strong presentation skills and thrive in a role that requires creativity, responsibility, trust, empathy, compassion, and a willingness to embrace personal growth and challenges. Their primary objective is to help students learn more about the services and resources available on our campus. They actively collaborate with faculty, staff, and peers to foster professional relationships focused on supporting others.

What to expect by joining

Learning! You will learn about yourself, your relationships, your culture, and about what influences us to become the people we are. You will complete GST 318, which is the education piece of COPE. This class meets once a week and you will learn about a variety of topics connected to mental health, such as healthy habits, communication skills, presentation skills, healthy relationships, mental health challenges, self-care, teamwork, and resources in the community. And you will hear from a variety of experts in the mental health field so you can learn more about future career paths!

You can also expect a lot of creativity and collaboration! As part of a collaborative team, you will have the opportunity to find innovative and fresh ways to reach and inform the college campus. If you have the desire to help and have cool ideas you want to put to good use, this is the role for you! You will learn how to help your community in a responsible, ethical, professional, and most importantly, creative way. You will NOT be counseling students. However, listening to your peers and providing them with information and resources is important and incredibly powerful. This role asks you to commit 8-9 hours per week.

What you get out of being on the Team

  • The chance to help make a difference!
  • Three credit hours per semester (up to 6 total) for GST 318
  • Experience being a helper in a community
  • Information about the career paths ahead of you
  • Education about mental health, communication, resources, and much more!
  • The chance to put your creativity, energy, and passion to good use!

COPE Team application

Meet the COPE Team

SUNY Oswego Alumni / COPE Supervisor

Kyle Dzintars

Major/Minor: Creative Writing (B.A) and Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Favorite Spot on Campus: Behind Mary Walker Building by the water

Self-Care: Watercolor art


Marysa Avery

Major/Minor: Psychology with Women Gender Studies and Nutrition minors

Favorite Spot on Campus: Shineman

Self-Care: Reading


Sofia Barry

Major/Minor: Human Development with Spanish minor

Favorite Spot on Campus: Lake Effect Cafe

Self-Care: Journaling and going to the gym


Sadie Borruso

Major/Minor: Psychology with Human Development minor

Favorite Spot on Campus: Rocks behind Scales Hall

Self-Care: Reading


Thomas Clark

Major/Minor: Psychology with Human Development minor

Favorite Spot on Campus: Library

Self-Care: Meditating


Jade Gatling

Major/Minor: Psychology with Journalism minor

Favorite Spot on Campus: Funelle 9th Floor Study Lounge

Self-Care: Yoga


Brooke Gingher

Major/Minor: Psychology & Criminal Justice with Forensic Science minor

Favorite Spot on Campus: Lake Effect Cafe

Self-Care: Drinking tea and watching a movie


Melissa Dowling-Keating

Major/Minor: Communications with Human Development and Criminal Justice minors

Favorite Spot on Campus: Flat Rocks

Self-Care: Dancing


Adriana Militello

Major/Minor: Psychology Major & Minors in Cognitive Science and Forensic Science

Self Care: Painting


Taylor Molaro

Major/Minor: Psychology w/ minors in Human Development & Health Science

Favorite Spot on Campus: Penfield Library

Self-Care: Singing


Selena Ortiz

Major/Minor: Human Development with Psychology minor

Favorite Spot on Campus: Benches behind Scales Hall

Self-Care: Journaling and skincare


Claire Santucci

Major/Minor: Psychology with Cognitive Science minor

Favorite Spot on Campus: Igloos in the Library

Self-Care: Music / Playing guitar


Christopher Toussaint

Major/Minor: Psychology with Human Development and Expressive Art Therapy minors

Favorite Spot on Campus: Tyler practice rooms after 10:00pm

Self-Care: Sleeping


Josef Wilson

Major/Minor: Psychology with Sociology minor

Favorite Spot on Campus: West Campus

Self-Care: Meditation

Contact Us

Phone: 315.312.4416 
Fax: 315.312.5416 
150 Mary Walker Building 
(Lakeside of campus)

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday: 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Please call us to schedule an appointment. If you’re not ready to make an appointment, check out Let’s Talk!

  • For timely updates on our services, as well as self-care tips, follow us on Instagram @mindful_oz.
  • If a student requires alternative accommodations to access our services, please call our office for assistance.