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Additional Counseling Services for Faculty/Staff - Thursday, 11/12

November 12, 2015

Human Resources distributed on Monday a message reminding members of the campus community that counseling resources are available to help students, faculty and staff cope with the recent tragedy on campus. That schedule is available on the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) website.

Group and individual counseling resources in addition to those listed on the CAPS site are scheduled on campus the rest of this week for faculty and staff members in need of support.

The group sessions will be presented by Beth A. Cohen, Ph.D., of UC Santa Barbara and Rory G. Osborne, Ph.D., of UC Davis, who will provide a briefing for members of our campus community titled, “UC Merced Incident: What to Expect Next for Future Needs.” This briefing will provide a practical and informative session regarding what to expect in the weeks and months to come as the recent tragedy cycles through a typical course of post-event milestones and how we can be prepared to respond. No registration is required.

Group and individual appointment schedules are listed below.

Thursday, Nov. 12:  

Group sessions are available to all faculty and staff. Each presentation is expected to last one hour. A half hour will be reserved at the end of each session for questions and discussion.  All group sessions for Thursday will take place in the Crescent Arch Room in Half Dome building.

  • 9 – 10:30 a.m., Crescent Arch Room in Half Dome building
  • Noon – 1:30 p.m., Crescent Arch Room in Half Dome building
  • 2:30 – 4 p.m., Crescent Arch Room in Half Dome building

Individual sessions provided by clinicians:

  • Rob Starkey, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at UCSF: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Classroom and Office Building, Room 200
  • Jim Backlund, LCSW and clinical director at Insight EAP: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,  Student Activities and Athletics Center, second floor
  • Beth Argus, M.A., MFT at UCLA (Spanish speaking): 1- 6 p.m., Kolligian Library, Room 359
  • Wendy Walsdorf, M.A., MFT, at UCLA : 1- 6 p.m., Kolligian Library, Room 473

Friday, Nov. 13:

Individual sessions provided by clinicians:

  • Beth Argus, M.A., MFT at UCLA (Spanish speaking): 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kolligian Library, Room 359
  • Wendy Walsdorf, M.A., MFT, UCLA: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kolligian Library, Room 473
  • Rob Starkey, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, UCSF: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Classroom and Office Building, Room 200
  • Jim Backlund, LCSW clinical director at Insight EAP: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,  Student Activities and Athletics Center, second floor

In addition to the group and individual appointments listed above, employees can also access services through Insight, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Employees can receive up to three FREE counseling sessions, regardless of their enrollment in medical plans. Employees may also call Insight EAP at 800-422-5322, or email insighteap@insighteap.com.

Employees who are enrolled in any of UC’s medical plans can also request counseling services from Optum Behavioral Health by visiting the Optum website and using access code 11280. Optum may also be reached by phone at 888-440-8225.  

Questions? Please email David Ellington in Human Resources or call 209-205-8253.