Stetson University

Campus Life and Student Success



The Counseling Center offers a variety of services to serve the Stetson University community.


Consultative services are available for faculty/staff members, parents, friends of students, etc. who are concerned about a Stetson University student. Consultations consist of confidential phone calls or face-to-face meetings with a counselor to discuss the individual's concerns. Guidance, helpful resources and referrals may be provided so that the student may be supported.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a confidential meeting with a counselor to discuss the student's concerns. The goal of individual counseling is to help the student gain insights and skills for personal and academic success. The process may include assessment of the problem, brief solution-focused counseling and support with difficult events or circumstances. The counselor may also suggest a referral to additional resources on campus or in the community.

Couples Counseling

When appropriate, counseling for couples is offered in order to address the relationship concerns. If a student interested in this type of counseling is already working with a counselor, the student may discuss this option with their counselor.

Group Counseling

Groups of six to 10 individuals regularly meet to discuss and/or work on concerns regarding a specific concern or set of concerns. Group counseling is typically used as a supplement to individual counseling, but it can also be done on its own.

» More information about group counseling

Crisis Counseling

Crisis counseling may be needed when a student is in extreme distress. This may be needed after a traumatic event, such as a serious threat to safety, an injury or assault, the death of a friend or family member, or a disaster. The student may contact the Counseling Center during regular working hours by phone or in person. After business hours, the student may contact an on-call counselor by calling Public Safety at 386-822-7300.


There may be times when a student may benefit from or wish to work with on- or off-campus resources, which may include tutoring and writing support with the Academic Success Center, formal testing (e.g., AD/HD, learning disability, etc.), working with an outside counselor or psychiatrist, etc. In these cases, the Counseling Center may refer students to on-campus resources or provide local resources which students may utilize. The Counseling Center does not recommend or refer to any particular provider; the resources given will simply represent local services that may be beneficial to the student.

Educational Presentations

A variety of educational presentations may be conducted throughout the academic year. Educational presentations may be presented to faculty, staff and administrators, as well as to student groups. Several available presentations are shown below; others may be developed upon request.

Academic Success


This presentation addresses the reasons behind procrastination, how it works and doesn't work, and how it can be overcome. It also includes an opportunity to evaluate our own tendencies and habits with regards to procrastination

Anxiety, Stress and Depression


Learn what anxiety looks like and how to differentiate between everyday anxiety and anxiety disorders; take a closer look at anxiety disorders and coping strategies for dealing with anxiety

Depression and "The Blues"

Learn about the types and symptoms of depression and how to distinguish between sadness and depression. This presentation includes tips on helping a friend, resources, and coping skills for managing sadness and depression

Stress Management

This presentation includes information on stress, including the symptoms and common college stressors. Also, learn about the negative effects of stress and how to cope in healthy ways.

Resiliency and Sleep

Discover Your Personal Power

A presentation on personal strengths and talents, and how knowing these can lead to success in our lives. This presentation covers resiliency and provides an opportunity to identify your personal strengths through an experiential activity.

Sleep Concerns: Get the Z's You Need to Succeed

This presentation shares tips for developing healthy sleep habits, as well as information on sleep deprivation, sleep debt and sleep disorders. It also includes a relaxation exercise.

Personal Safety

Bullying and How to Stop It

Learn about what bullying in college is, how it impacts the victims, bullies and bystanders, and how to intervene and/or prevent bullying behaviors.

Spring Break Safety: Having a Safe and Fun Spring Break

This presentation covers various topics related to spring break activities, including alcohol, traveling and safety tips, and provides students with an opportunity to address any spring break questions or concerns.

Relationships and Communication

Assertiveness: How to Stand Up Without Standing On

This presentation covers different types of behaviors, such as: nonassertive, aggressive, passive aggressive and assertive. It explores common elements of assertiveness (language and techniques) and the assertive rights of all individuals.

Dating 101: Establishing and Maintaining New Relationships

This presentation discusses the characteristics of healthy relationships and how they are developed and maintained, information on dating ideas, long-distance relationships, and coping with a breakup.

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault: How to Stay Safe On- and Off-Campus

This presentation covers important myths and facts related to sexual assault, signs and symptoms to look for, safety tips, and what to do/how to help in situations involving sexual assault.

Substance Use

Substance Abuse: Alcohol

This presentation includes information on risk factors, potential consequences, and the short and long-term effects of alcohol abuse, and answers the questions "What is binge drinking?" and "How can individuals drink responsibly?"

Suicide, Grief, and Loss

Grief and Loss

Learn about the stages of grief and the physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms. This presentation also includes suggestions to assist individuals in the healing process or when reacting to a physical, social or occupational loss.

Suicide, Grief and Loss

This presentation includes the facts related to suicide, including potential warning signs, and suggestions on what to do or say in situations where an individual may be contemplating suicide. It also includes information on the symptoms and stages of grief and loss, and addresses the healing process.

Other Educational Presentations

To inquire about educational presentations, please complete an event request form or email us.

Training Sessions

In addition to educational presentations, the Counseling Center presents informational training sessions for Stetson University student leaders, including resident assistants and FOCUS orientation event leaders, as well as for faculty and staff professional development and training efforts. Several available training sessions are shown below; others may be developed upon request.

Developing Leadership Strengths in College

This training session focuses on the qualities possessed and functions performed by leaders and how leadership is developed during college, and also includes an explanation of the process of becoming a strengths-based leader.

Eating Disorders

Learn about the different types of eating disorders and the associated behavioral, emotional, psychological, physical and social signs and symptoms. This session also covers health consequences and how to help a friend.

Sexual Assault

This session includes information on myths and facts, signs and symptoms, and effects of sexual assault, addresses prevention and intervention (how individuals can be helpful and supportive), and provides important resources (steps to take and options for survivors).

Suicide, Grief and Loss

This session discusses the facts related to suicide, including potential warning signs and suggestions on what to do or say in situations where an individual may be contemplating suicide. It also includes information on the symptoms and stages of grief and loss and addresses the healing process.

Suicide Prevention

This training includes statistics, myths and facts, risk factors and potential warning signs of suicide, as well as suggestions for prevention and intervention (what to listen and look for, what to say or do, how to ask the question, and how to get help).

Other Trainings

To inquire about potential training sessions, please complete an event request form or email us.

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