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Throughout her 30-year career, Susan Even, MD, has strived to place college students in the center of what she and the Health Center accomplishes every day. Being inducted as an American College Health Association Fellow recognizes Even’s national and state leadership in college health and her accomplishments as a physician.
Student Health Center Contemplative Practice Center for Stress Management and Wellness Receives Best Practices in College Health Award from the American College Health Association Award
Instructors at the University of Missouri Student Health Center’s Contemplative Practice center take ancient practices and adapt them to modern times. By cultivating mindfulness through contemplative practices, students are able to apply the techniques learned through meditation, mindful yoga and loving-kindness to their academic studies and personal self-care.
"The Contemplative Practice Center offers a daily refuge for quiet reflection where students gather and support each other under the guidance of experienced professional staff," says Terry Wilson, certified health education specialist and health promotion and wellness director. "Students have the opportunity to leave the University with more than a degree. They develop enduring interpersonal skills they can use for life."
University of Missouri Student Health Center Behavioral Health Director Receives Affiliate New Professionals Award from the American College Health Association
Working as a behavioral health professional on a university campus is all about relationship building and leadership. These skills are Craig Rooney’s, PhD, strengths. Rooney serves as the behavioral health director at University of Missouri Student Health Center. These strengths are being recognized at the national level as he receives the Central College Health Associations Affiliate New Professional Award in late May.
This award recognizes American College Health Association members who have provided service to the field of college health for five years or less and who have made significant contributions to their institutions and/or affiliate.
Although not a cure, Colton Miller, PhD, a University of Missouri Student Health Center psychologist, has developed an additional resource for those on the autism spectrum going through the rigors of higher education.
"We are educating student mentors about autism and how to help their peers on the spectrum navigate social and academic situations," Colton Miller says.
This two-credit-hour, semester-long course fulfills a general elective credit for the mentors as they learn behavioral skills interventions to help their mentees. "Traditional talk therapy may not work as well for individuals on the spectrum," Colton Miller says, "but combine that with behavioral skills and peer interaction and you get many more successes."