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Faculty & Staff

Providing a healthy work environment for Texas State faculty and staff is important.  Managing stress, accessing mental health support, and finding balance between work and life are key in staying healthy.  Utilizing resources early can help prevent a problem from becoming overwhelming.  Below you will find information about resources available for employees, both on campus or in the community. 

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Faculty and staff through their interaction with students are an important resource in the university’s efforts to address mental health. If you would like resources to help a Texas State student who may be experiencing overwhelming distress or other possible mental health symptoms, click here.


FAQ

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Would you like to talk to a counselor for support?

Through the Employee Assistance Program, Bobcat Balance you are eligible for up to 5 free confidential sessions with a counselor per topic.

Are you concerned about the behavior of a student who appears potentially dangerous to the university community or is disruptive in your classroom or office?

Often faculty and staff serve as frontline identifiers for problematic behaviors; consulting with the Behavioral Assessment Team often benefits both the faculty/staff member and the student.  If you are experiencing an imminent threat of violence, call 911.

Could you use some advice on how to talk to a student whom you are concerned about?

At-Risk is an on-line, go at your own pace tool to assist you in recognizing signs of concern and how to approach a student to connect them to sources of support.

Concerned about a student’s mental health and wellness?

The Counseling Center staff can provide timely consultations to faculty and staff, both at the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses.  Call 512-245-2208 for assistance in creating a plan to connect the student with appropriate sources of support. If you are concerned about a student being imminently suicidal or homicidal call 911 or outside of business hours the 24/7 crisis hotline at 1-877-466-0660.  

Need some support to take care of your health and body?

WellCats, the Texas State Employee Wellness Program provides exercise classes, nutrition topics, healthy recipes, health behavior change coaching strategies and information about the university wellness policy.


For more information, select from a topic below.

Emergency Resources

Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resources

Numerous on-campus, community, and on-line organizations that provide crisis and suicide prevention services, hotlines, text, and chat room support.

University Police Department (UPD)

Texas State University Police Department (UPD) is a full-service agency that provides law enforcement and crime prevention for the university community. In an emergency, dial 911 from any phone on campus or find a blue light emergency phone. UPD also provides safety resources such as Krav Maga self-defense training, bike R.I.D.E registration, and safe transport after dusk by Bobcat Bobbies.

Sexual Assault Resources

These on-campus and community resources provide hotlines and safety information for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, counseling and advocacy services, and legal support.

Emergency Management

It can be helpful for faculty and staff to review resources in order to be prepared to respond if an emergency situation arises. Please familiarize yourself with appropriate emergency procedures and remind students of the methods Texas State uses to communicate information in the event of an emergency.

Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT)

Are you concerned about the behavior of a student who appears potentially dangerous to the university community or is disruptive in your classroom or office? Often faculty and staff serve as frontline identifiers for problematic behaviors; consulting with Texas State BAT often benefits both the faculty/staff member and the student.


Counseling & Treatment

Work Life/Bobcat Balance/EAP

Bobcat Balance is a program for employees that provides a database and professional referrals to resources to help you navigate legal, financial, family, or personal challenges. The employee assistance program (EAP) provides up to five free, confidential, and off-campus counseling sessions.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center staff can provide timely consultations to faculty and staff, both at the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses.  Call 512-245-2208 for assistance in creating a plan to connect the student with appropriate sources of support. If you are concerned about a student being imminently suicidal or homicidal call 911 or outside of business hours the 24/7 crisis hotline at 1-877-466-0660.  

Counseling Clinic

The Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University strives to meet the mental health needs of the community by offering counseling services to community members at two locations: the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. Individual adult, adolescent and child clients are welcome as are couples and families seeking additional support in their lives. Each counseling clinic is a fully equipped teaching clinic providing supervised clinical experience for advanced master’s degree-seeking counseling students and vital, affordable mental health services to the community.

Assessment Clinic

The clinic is a resource for people who are seeking assessment for possible learning difficulties or conditions that may affect learning (e.g., ADHD, autism, and learning differences). Located on the Texas State University San Marcos campus, assessments are provided by supervised graduate students in the School Psychology Program on a sliding scale.

Mental Health Community Resources

Becoming connected to your local mental health agencies can benefit individuals when they are feeling stressed or in times of trauma. Mental Health in Texas is dedicated to helping residents of Texas find support and resources in their communities. *This link may take you to a security warning page if you are on a university computer. By clicking continue anyway you will be directed to the correct page.*

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope to help themselves and others recover from alcoholism. There are no dues or fees for an AA membership. Meetings are offered on campus as well as off campus in San Marcos, Round Rock and the surrounding area.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Any individual who struggles with an addiction or wants to support someone with an addiction can find support at Texas State and within the San Marcos community. Dealing with addiction while also trying to graduate can be a challenge and increase stress. Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.There are meetings in San Marcos, Round Rock, and the surrounding cities.

Al-Anon

It’s not unusual to feel unsure about going to an Al‑Anon meeting. Supporting a loved one who has an addiction while trying to attend school can be a challenge, but it’s important to have a safe outlet of peers who will understand and support you. If you are looking to connect with others and share your own experiences there are meetings in San Marcos, Round Rock, and the surrounding cities.

Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Family Grief Center

The Family Grief Center is dedicated to helping children, adults, and families understand the process of grief and how to live through it in a transformational manner. Located in San Marcos the free individual, family, and group counseling provides a safe and comfortable environment to express feelings often associated with the death of a loved one.

CommuniCare

A full-service primary health care system with multiple locations in Hays, Bexar, and Kendall counties offers an array of medical, dental, and mental health services.


Health & Wellness

Office of Human Resources (HR)

Faculty and staff can keep their professional life organized and help minimize stress by reaching out to the Office of Human Resources at Texas State with any of their questions or concerns. They assist employees with needs such as compensation, employee relations, benefits, and professional development.

WellCats- Texas State Employee Wellness Program

Faculty and staff have access to fitness classes, wellness events, nutrition topics, healthy recipes, and health behavior change coaching strategies via a weekly newsletter and Facebook. With supervisor approval, employees are eligible for up to 30 minutes per day of paid release time to attend wellness activities. Workshops coordinated through Professional Development are counted as work time. See UPPS 04.04.32 for details.

Sleep Center

Sleeping problems can negatively impact many areas of functioning, including mood and performance. Problems sleeping can be secondary to a mental health condition, like depression or anxiety, or can worsen previously existing conditions. The Sleep Center at Texas State University provides education, research, and diagnostic needs to students, faculty, and staff. Using state-of-the-art equipment, they work with primary care physicians to help individuals solve sleep related difficulties.

Campus Recreation

Regular exercise is an effective way to relieve stress, sleep better, improve memory, and boost your mood. Campus Recreation at Texas State provides access to quality recreation facilities and programs. Services include indoor and outdoor recreation, aquatics, and group exercise.


Creating Connections

Veterans Affairs

Assists veterans by answering questions concerning veteran educational benefits, certifying enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and monitoring veterans' degree plans and academic progress.

International Office

Assists in serving as immigration advisers and compliance of governmental policies and regulations, and helps faculty, staff, and students by advocating on their behalf and providing services and information that facilitate their cultural adjustment, social integration, retention and success.

Diversity Connections

Helps Texas State faculty and staff connect, support, and contribute to each other’s success. The directory allows you to search a list of faculty and staff members based on department/office while cross referencing diverse identities and ally status. Resources include Alliance, Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, and Hispanic Policy Network.


Social Justice

Equity and Access | Title IX

Discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault can impact a person's emotional and psychological well-being. The Equity and Access Office, located in JCK, provides a safe place for reporting, investigating and addressing incidents involving discrimination, harassment or sexual assault. The Director of Equity and Access, Gilda Garcia, is also the Title IX Coordinator responsible for managing the university's process for investigating and taking action when reports of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, are filed. To make a report, please contact Dr. Garcia at 512.245.2539.

Diversity Connections

This directory allows students to connect with faculty and staff based on your racial/ethnic background, Ally status (Ally of Texas State, Trans Ally,  Veteran Friendly Ally, and Dreamer Ally), Department/Office, and Veteran Status.  This allows you to act as a mentor or advocate and increases students' support system.  


Academic

PAWS Alert

If you are concerned about a student who may be experiencing academic, personal, or transitional difficulties, faculty, instructors, and staff can submit a PAWS Alert in order to request support for an undergraduate and graduate student. Student Success staff connect referred students with resources that can help support them in achieving success at Texas State. 

Texas Workforce Commission

State agency that assists individuals with disabilities by providing a variety of services to them as they enter employment or return to work. On-campus office: 512-245-3625. San Marcos Office: 512-396-7930.

Testing Research Support and Evaluation Center (TREC)

Provides standardized tests for students, (ACT, SAT, LSAT, etc.), exams for students who have accommodations through the office of disability services, and helps faculty conduct research.

Veterans Affairs

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be overwhelming and challenging. While navigating school and Veteran Affair issues it can be beneficial to stay connected with the university. The Office of Veterans Affairs at Texas State assists veterans by answering questions concerning veteran educational benefits, certifying enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and monitoring veterans' degree plans and academic progress.

International Office

The Texas State community is stronger when there is diversity within academia. Teaching and conducting research at a new school, in a different country can be a fulfilling experience but the transition can also create stress. The International Office at Texas State assists in serving as immigration advisers and compliance of governmental policies and regulations. They exist to help faculty, staff, and students by advocating on their behalf and providing services and information that facilitate their cultural adjustment, social integration, retention and success. They also contribute to the research and teaching mission of the university by assisting with employment authorization for distinguished international scholars, faculty and staff.

Diversity Connections

Diversity Connections is a resource to help Texas State faculty and staff members stay connected and who are interested in supporting and contributing to each other’s success. The directory allows you to search a list of faculty and staff members based on department/office while cross referencing by race/ethnicity and gender. Resources include Alliance, Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff and Hispanic Policy Network.

Office of Disability Services (ODS)

Advocates for inclusion and access for students with disabilities, including helping students with accommodations (testing environments, note-taking, adaptive computer equipment, audio books, etc).


Legal & Financial

Veterans Affairs

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be overwhelming and challenging. While navigating school and Veteran Affair issues it can be beneficial to stay connected with the university. The Office of Veterans Affairs at Texas State assists veterans by answering questions concerning veteran educational benefits, certifying enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and monitoring veterans' degree plans and academic progress.

International Office

The Texas State community is stronger when there is diversity within academia. Teaching and conducting research at a new school, in a different country can be a fulfilling experience but the transition can also create stress. The International Office at Texas State assists in serving as immigration advisers and compliance of governmental policies and regulations. They exist to help faculty, staff, and students by advocating on their behalf and providing services and information that facilitate their cultural adjustment, social integration, retention and success. They also contribute to the research and teaching mission of the university by assisting with employment authorization for distinguished international scholars, faculty and staff.


Career

Diversity Connections

Diversity Connections is a resource to help Texas State faculty and staff members stay connected and who are interested in supporting and contributing to each other’s success. The directory allows you to search a list of faculty and staff members based on department/office while cross referencing by race/ethnicity and gender. Resources include Alliance, Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff and Hispanic Policy Network.

Mental Health Trainings for Professional Development

There are a number of mental health focused professional development workshops offered each semester. For updated schedules please see the Office of Professional Development or Academic Development and Assessment.


Self-Help/Online Resources

Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resources

Numerous organizations provide crisis and suicide prevention hotlines, text, and chat room support. They can provide consultation for faculty/staff and students.

Active Minds

The nation's only nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. Provides resources and help for students dealing with mental health issues and for faculty and staff wanting more information about college and mental health.

The Jed Foundation

Works with university leaders and professionals to prioritize campus-wide prevention and intervention strategies, and advise on best-practice mental health policies, programs and services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

A grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Their website provides useful information and you can get involved with the NAMI Cats chapter at Texas State.

Ulifeline

ULifeline is an anonymous online resource where individuals can learn more about their thoughts and feelings, and reach out for help if necessary. Individuals can take a confidential screening, research health conditions or locate resources available on their campus.


Education & Training

Mental Health Trainings for Professional Development

There are a number of mental health focused professional development workshops offered each semester. For updated schedules please see the Office of Professional Development or Academic Development and Assessment.

At-Risk

At-Risk training is an online course in recognizing the signs of a student in distress.  It provides scenarios and allows you to practice how to know when someone is in distress, approach the student with caring, discuss your concerns, and guide them to the right source for help.