Counseling & Career Services
For your personal development
Counseling Services affirms the mission of Avila University by serving and partnering with students and the Avila community to encourage self-awareness and development of effective life skills to promote quality of life and personal wellness.
General Information - Counseling
Personal problems and mental health concerns can get in the way of you achieving your potential. To help you navigate the challenges of life, Avila offers free and confidential counseling for all our students. Our goal is to assist students in making the most of their educational opportunities and enhance the quality of their lives.
During a counseling session, the counselor will ask you questions in order to help you talk about your concerns and identify your goals for counseling. You will never be forced to talk about anything you don’t want to; however, you may be encouraged to examine unhealthy patterns and behaviors.
Counseling sessions are typically 45 to 50 minutes in length. Some of the more common problems addressed in counseling include:
- Academic Concerns
- Adjusting to College
- Choosing a Major/Career
Informational Resources - Student Support
The following links are to provide education and awareness about various mental health topics. They are not intended to be a substitute for actual counseling.
Suicide Prevention Training
Ask Listen Refer
Psychological Screenings, Assessments, Tests and Quizzes
We Connect Now
Avila University Suicide Prevention Training Program
The Avila University Suicide Prevention Training Program, Ask Listen Refer was designed to help faculty, staff, and students prevent suicide by teaching you to:
- identify people at risk for suicide
- recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide
- respond to and get help for people at risk
Avila Care Team (ACT)
If you are working with a student whom you believe is struggling with a mental health issue, you can seek a consultation with the counselor or refer him/her to Counseling & Career Services. Also, you can alert the Avila Care Team (ACT) about your concern by completing an online referral form.
The following are some possible reasons you might be concerned about a student:
- Reports change in appetite or sleep
- Unusual problems with concentration
- Unusual lack of motivation
- Unusual mood swings
- High levels of irritability or anger
- Sudden lack of interest in usual pursuits
- Falling asleep in class
- Consistently not attending class (new behavior)
- Consistent decline in grades
- Overdependence – makes excessive appointments or frequently hangs around your office
- Appears to use alcohol or other drugs to cope with stress
- Sadness, depression, tearfulness
- Strange or bizarre behavior
- Noticeable decrease in personal hygiene
- Makes overt or subtle statements about wanting to hurt self
- Dealing with a loss or has class absence related to death of family member or friend
- Class absence related to family situation
Approaching a Student with Your Concern
- Invite the student to meet in a private area.
- If the student seems upset, angry, or otherwise emotional, acknowledge this. “Sara, you seem sad lately.”
- Briefly state your concern or your observations. “I am concerned that you seem to be having problems with concentration and completing assignments,” or “I am concerned that you have missed classes lately.”
- Allow the student to talk while you listen in a non-judgmental manner.
- If comfortable, help the student identify the problem and alternatives to dealing with their current stress or situation.
- Depending on the issue, you may suggest the student seek counseling services and offer to help them with this.
Some Things to Keep in Mind:
- Students aren’t always aware of the resources available to them on campus, particularly non-traditional students.
- If you are ever unsure how to approach a student, or you are beyond your comfort level in talking with the student, the counselor is available to help.
- Although you may give students the contact information and location of Counseling & Career Services, the likelihood of them getting the help they need is greater if you do one of the following:
- Call Counseling & Career Services at ext. 3767 or 2901 prior to walking the student over to make an appointment.
- Allow the student to call for an appointment from your office. If the counselor is not available, encourage them to leave a message with a contact phone number.
During Regular Business Hours
If a crisis or mental health emergency occurs during business hours, call Counseling & Career Services at 816.501.2901 or 816.501.3767. If the emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 (if from an on campus phone dial 9 - 911) before calling Counseling & Career Services.
If a crisis or mental health emergency occurs after normal business hours or when the university is closed, please utilize the following resources:
On campus emergencies:
Campus Public Safety – 816.985.6079
If the emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 (if from an on-campus phone dial 9 - 911)
Off campus emergencies:
For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911
- Kansas City Police Department – 816.234.5550, ask for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer
- CommCare (Crisis Line) – 1.888.279.8188
- MOCSA (Rape Crisis Line) – 816.531.0233 (MO) and
- St. Joseph Medical Center – 816.942.4400
- Research Psychiatric Center – 816.444.8161
- Missouri Crisis Line: 1.800.833.3915
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- Get Help Now: 1.800.999.9999
- LGBTQ Helpline:1.866.488.7386
- Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255, then press 1
For your professional development
Career Services collaborates with groups and individuals to provide students and alumni with opportunities to prepare for lifelong career development in the global community.
Resume tips and resources provided to Avila University by Resume Target.
Job Search - Job Boards
College Central Network (CCN) is Avila's free, on-line job posting system for our students and alumni. On this site, you can search for jobs (full-time, part-time, work study, internships, volunteer opportunities, etc.), upload your résumé, create an on-line career portfolio, and much more. To register, click on the graphic below.
The University Athletic Department recently became a member of Athlete Network to provide current and former Avila University student-athletes a truly unique resource for career and networking development. Athlete Network was founded with a simple mission - create an online community where athletes can fuel their driven lifestyle. Athlete Network works to keep athletes competing in every aspect of their lives by uniting them in one network. They provide athletes with online tools to network with fellow athletes and the most efficient access to employers that embrace their competitive mindset and push it to higher levels. Visit www.athletenetwork.com to complete your job seeker profile.
The Avila University Athletics and Counseling & Career Services departments have partnered with CAREER ATHLETES to help facilitate the uniting of graduating and former collegiate athletes with employers who value their skills. Their site provides a free and confidential online career board on which to search for internships and career opportunities nationwide with over 500 employer partners.
Employer Resources - Jobs & Internships
To recruit Avila students and alumni, employers can post jobs, internships, and other career opportunities for free on Avila’s on-line job posting board, College Central Network (CCN).
To register to use CCN:
- Go to http://www.collegecentral.com/avila/
- Click on the Employers graphic
- Click on "Register Now"
- Fill out your company's information and then submit it to us for approval.
To Post Jobs & Internships on CCN:
- Go to http://www.collegecentral.com/avila/Employer.cfm
- Click on “Log in to your Account”
- Enter your Access ID and password
- Click on “Post, Edit, Report or Expire Job Postings”
You can also send job descriptions and internships directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them on CCN for you.
Sites & Resources
Top Job Search Sites
Missouri & Kansas Job Search Sites
Entry Level Job Sites
Finding & Researching Companies
General Job Sites
Advertising, Public Relations & Graphic Design
Business, Accounting & Finance
Computers & Technology
Nonprofit Local & internships
Science, Chemistry, Physics & Biology
Social Justice, Criminal, and Legal Jobs
Job Search Resources
Do you know what you want to major in?
Are you questioning your current major?
Do you know what kind of career you want?
Being uncertain about your major or future career is normal for college students. Counseling & Career Services is here to help. We provide career counseling to help you look at your personality, interests, abilities, and values which are all important for your future happiness in a major and a career.
Let our trained staff assist you in answering these questions and planning for your career. To schedule a one-on-one meeting, call 816.501.2901.
Career Assessment Tools
Counseling & Career Services uses a variety of assessments and career inventories to assist you with your career exploration. One of these tools is the Do What You Are assessment.
This on-line personality assessment takes about about thirty minutes to complete and provides a comprehensive report for your review. To get the most out of this report, schedule an appointment with a Counseling & Career Services staff member by calling 816.501.2901.
Current students will need their Student ID to gain access to the assessment. Alumni who do not recall their Student ID can call Counseling & Career Services at 816.501.2901 to obtain access.
The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do. The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.
Career Exploration Websites
Explore careers with O*NET OnLine. This site has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is the premier source for career information! The career profiles featured cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
Explore careers through JobsMadeReal videos. While made By Teens For Teens, these career exploration videos are informative for anyone exploring career options.
Majors to Careers
Ever wonder what you can do with a major in English? History? Psychology? Click on the links below to see some of the possibilities.