Here to Help: Counseling, PARC Services

Mar 30, 2020

The two offices are available to meet student needs. The Counseling Center plans a Zoom event on April 1 to help students with the transition to online education.

virtual services

Cal U continues to offer resources to students during the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

Counseling Center

The center will offer “Adjusting to the Online College Experience," a virtual workshop, 3-4 p.m. April 1 to help students with the transition to online/distance education.

Tips and strategies will be shared by faculty counselors Jayna Bonfini, Quiana Golphin and Dawn Moeller, and students will learn more about the resources offered by the University. The Zoom meeting ID is 806-554-143.

Online Zoom tutorial

The Counseling Center is accessible by email and telephone for scheduled consultations and tele-therapy appointments for Pennsylvania residents. Staff also can help you find a therapist or mental health resources close to your current location. To schedule a consultation, phone 724-938-4056.

Staff at the University are working remotely and available to assist with questions or concerns. We've compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions, including how to reach various offices, at 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

Prevention Awareness Recovery Center

The PARC is closed to students, but Rachel Michaels, director of Student Wellness Support Services at Cal U, offers the following mental health tips and resources:

Check in with yourself each morning. 
Now is a great time to really listen to yourself and find out how you are doing: mentally, physically, emotionally. If one of those areas is not as healthy as you’d like it to be, reach out and ask for help.

Be mindful of your mental health needs.
Though face-to-face counseling services and group meetings are not occurring during this time, virtual sessions and meetings are still available. The Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by texting “HOME” to 741741. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are also hosting virtual meetings. You can find a meeting here: and at

Make a plan for the day.
It takes self-discipline to complete courses from home. Making and sticking to a schedule will not only help you accomplish tasks for school, but it will also allow you to maintain balance in your daily life.

Check in with others.
During this time of social distancing, a simple “hello” or “how are you doing” can brighten someone’s day. It’s important that we take care of each other during times like this and be mindful of the impact that kindness can have, not only on others, but also on ourselves.

Practice gratitude.
It can be difficult to find things to be thankful for when it feels like so much has been taken. Practicing gratitude can help mold your mindset for the day, so try practicing in the morning. Notice good things, look for them, and appreciate them.