The W.A.T.C.H.D.O.G. Peer Mentoring and Rites of Passage Programs
The “Rites of Passage” group was designed to provide support for first year SC State students as they matriculate and adjust to college life. Those who accept the challenge to embark upon this journey engage in regularly scheduled sessions to discuss issues such as time management, self-esteem, academic milestones, relationship concerns, and various other dilemmas which they mutually face during the course of their first year as SC State bulldogs. Students engage in open discussions as they get to know one another over the course of six to ten weeks. As trust is established, they share their hearts and hurts to form a union that helps to ease their educational process at South Carolina State University and model success for those to whom they will pass the torch the following year.
The W.A.T.C.H.D.O.G. (Wellness And Teaching Counseling Helpers Daily On Guard) Peer Mentoring group consists of upperclassmen that provide support and encouragement to Rites of Passage students. The peer mentors transfer the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout their matriculation to help first year students through planned activities, community service, and campus program involvement. At the close of each academic year, a graduation ceremony is held at the Counseling & Self-Development Center to celebrate both groups of young ladies who complete the program to wish them all the best as they continue on their journey at SC State!
Students who are interested in the “Rites of Passage” and W.A.T.C.H.D.O.G. Peer Mentoring groups may contact Dr. Cherilyn T. Minniefield, Director of Counseling & Self-Development, at 536-7245 to schedule an initial appointment.
Anger Management Group
The Anger Management Group provides psycho-educational programming for students who have expressed interpersonal relationship conflicts due to difficulty handling anger or emotional expression. Students in this group typically consist primarily of individuals referred judicially by Student Affairs, but are also often self-referred. The group meets weekly for 6-10 sessions until mandated referrals or designated session materials are completed. The group provides a safe environment for students to process, work through, and attempt to resolve their anger management issues among peers who share similar concerns. The aim is to help students to identify their problematic thinking and/or behaviors regarding their expression of emotions and to begin making healthier decisions in the practices they employ within their relationships and in general. The group also fosters responsibility through group exercises, discussion and homework assignments. Students who are interested in self-referral or faculty and staff interested in making referrals to the Anger Management Group may contact the Counseling & Self-Development Center at (803) 536-7245 to schedule an initial appointment.
Substance Education Group
Substance Education Groups are designed to educate students about the dangers of substance use, abuse and related behaviors and consequences. This type of group presents structured group-specific content, often using videotapes, DVD’s and lectures. The primary objective of substance education groups is to expand students’ of awareness about the behavioral, medical and psychological consequences of alcohol and other drugs. These groups are provided to arm students with accurate information so that they can make healthier decisions regarding substance use as South Carolina State University Students and beyond. Students who are interested in self-referral or faculty and staff interested in making referrals to the Substance Education Group may contact the Counseling & Self-Development Center at (803) 536-7245 to schedule an initial appointment.