Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals (CNS 577)


This video pamphlet collection, Understanding Issues Related to Today’s College Student, was compiled and produced by graduate students enrolled in CNS577 (Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals; Spring 2010). The videos are designed to bring awareness, propose implications, and offer helpful advice regarding a variety of issues that could impact the emotional, physical and mental well-being of today’s college student.
These videos cover an array of topics that will give you a sense of the many challenges facing life as a college student today. Our hope is that these videos can serve as a practical resource for college-bound high school students, current college students, parents and guardians, concerned friends, higher education professionals and others who desire information to provide awareness and offer assistance to those in need.
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According to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the five biggest causes of college stress are peer pressure, competition, separation from family, freedom, and choosing a major/career. Obviously, stress is a very common problem among college students; the obstacle is learning how to cope with the stress in a healthy manner. Stress cannot only affect an individual’s emotional well-being, but can also affect an individual’s physical well-being. Being able to recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress will in turn allow the individual to realize healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms. Another aspect of coping with stress is for each individual to have the ability to tailor his or her coping mechanism, which is unique to each individual.

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Coping with Stress video