Outreach & Service Learning

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Outreach & Service Learning

Boys and Girls Club

We are happy to announce our new partnership with Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh. Our counseling students have dedicated their time to the children and adolescents of the Boys and Girls Club. By assisting in offering programs and services, our students help facilitate a sense of competence, usefulness, and belonging to the children and adolescents of the Boys and Girls Club. Check back later for additional updates and stories. If interested in making a difference in the lives of these children and adolescents, please contact Kelli Saginak at .


Lighted School House

Each semester our school counseling students partner with two local area elementary schools, Webster Stanley, and Washington Elementary School. Our students provide weekly developmental guidance lessons in a real classroom. This provides an opportunity for UWO school counseling students to “make a difference” in the lives of elementary students. By allowing for creativity with guidance from specific curriculum, including mindfulness techniques, our students learn valuable lessons in classroom management, lesson design, and interacting effectively with the students.

The Lighted Schoolhouse experience is woven into the school counseling emphasis course 733, Comprehensive School Counseling, and 735, Counseling Children & Adolescents. It is open to all three emphasis areas, and anyone who may work with children or adolescents would greatly benefit from this experience.


Camp Erin

With close to 40 camps nationwide, Camp Erin is the largest network of free bereavement camps in the United States. Created by The Moyer Foundation in 2002, Camp Erin is specifically designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. In 2010, MargaretAnn’s Place: Wisconsin’s Center of Hope for Grieving Children partnered with the Moyer Foundation to bring Camp Erin to Wisconsin. Camp Erin combines traditional and fun camp activities with specialized grief activities and peer support.

Beginning in the August 2011, our department has had a solid group of volunteers who have participated at Camp Erin. Our connection with Camp Erin has since deepened, with current and past students along with Dr. Charles Lindsey playing an instrumental role in both planning and revamping the Grief Activities in which children engaged in August, 2012. As a result of our deepening collaboration with Camp Erin, a number of Professional Counseling students volunteered as either Grief Facilitators (who co-facilitated the grief activity exercises with the campers), or as Cabin Big Buddies (who worked closely with the children and teens throughout the course of the weekend) providing the opportunity for these children to express their feelings and memorialize their loved one.


Red Cross

As of April 2013, our Professional Counseling Department partnered with the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross. Roughly twenty-five Professional Counseling students and faculty attended an all day training on the basis of disaster mental health and psychological first aid in hope to become certified as a Disaster Mental Health counselor.

In the event of a local, regional, and national disaster these students accompanied by faculty members will have the opportunity to be deployed to provide disaster mental health services.

If you are interested in joining our partnership with the American Red Cross, please feel free to contact Dr. Charles Lindsey or other Professional Counseling Department faculty.


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