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If you are in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, you are not alone. Recovery@ is a network of students, staff and faculty who gather for mutual support as they navigate the particular challenges of recovery at Wesleyan.  Our primary purpose is to stay clean and sober, help other members of the University do the same, and support one another in our efforts.

We come together once a month during the academic year for an informal discussion and networking. The rest of the month, we support each other through texts, emails, social engagements, and attending AA and NA meetings in the Middletown community.

To obtain more information or join the network please email, recovery@wesleyan.edu

Recovery@ is not formal therapy of any kind.  If you are in recovery or seeking recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction and would like confidential resources or support please call or visit:

Counseling and Psychological Services: 860-685-2910 or www.wesleyan.edu/caps

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life: 860-685-2278 www.wesleyan.edu/orsl

An 8 week psycho-educational support group designed to help survivors of sexual assault navigate the healing process. Sessions will include art, collage, poetry and other activities to assist in the exploration of topics.

Sexual assault is defined as any sexual act that occurs without consent that may include sexual touching, rape and sexual exploitation.

Tuesdays beginning February 28th—May 1st, 6:00-7:15pm (Location to be announced)

Contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC in Counseling and Psychological Services for more information at 860.685.2910 or awarren@wesleyan.edu (reference “Spring SASS” in subject line) or visit http://weconsent.blogs.wesleyan.edu

Connect. Heal. Thrive.

YOU are invited to an open forum and community meeting regarding the state of sexual violence prevention and response at Wesleyan hosted by Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator and Maggie Cohen, SART Intern. This meeting is an opportunity to reflect on existing activism, and to offer insights about how to address sexual violence on campus.

Hope to see you there!  Remember to RSVP (awarren[at]Wesleyan[dot]edu) to help us ensure we have refreshments for everyone!

The Health Center will close for Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

We will reopen on Monday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.

An On-Call Provider will be available during recess for urgent concerns
by calling (860) 685-2470.  You will speak “live” with an after hours call center rep who will take a message and contact the Doctor on-call.

Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

Preferred Walk-In Medical Center
(next to Super Food Mart)
842 Washington Street
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 346-4484

(*Please alert clinic staff that you are a Wesleyan student)

Middlesex Family Physicians
400 Old Saybrook Road
Middletown, Ct  06457
(860) 346-7738

Crescent Street Obstetrics and Gynecology
49 Crescent Street
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 344-9993

If the above facilities are closed, students should access the
Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
28 Crescent Street
(860) 344-6000.

In case of Emergency, call 911

Connect with other survivors of sexual assault.
new skills and tools to move forward in your healing.
is possible.

Sexual assault is defined as any sexual act that occurs without choice and consent that may include sexual touching, rape and sexual exploitation.

Wednesdays, beginning October 19th—December 7th
6:30-7:45pm (Location to be announced)

Contact Alysha B. Warren, LCPC in Counseling and Psychological Services for more information at 860.685.2910, email awarren@wesleyan.edu (reference “Sass” in subject line) or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/caps/services/group.html

Dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault alone is difficult.
Support is available.

Counseling and Psychological Services will facilitate its first focus group on Wednesday, October 12, from 7-8 PM in the 2nd floor solarium of the Davison Health Center. Students are invited to attend and participate in a conversation about ideas for future services and program enhancements at the counseling center. The groups will be held every Wednesday evening from 7-8 PM for the rest of the semester, and students are welcome to attend one or several of these groups.

This is an opportunity to learn how to tell if someone you know is struggling and learn how to let a friend know you care.

Tuesday, 9/13, 7:00 pm
Downey House Lounge
294 High Street (corner of Court and High)

Dessert will be provided.

Co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services, The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Active Minds on Campus.

The Office of Behavioral Health for Students (OBHS) welcomes and encourages students to take advantage of the following services:

  • The Peer Grief Support Group – an ongoing student-led group open to any Wesleyan student who is coping with the death of a friend or relative. Dr. Larry Antosz (lantosz@wesleyan.edu) is the clinical resource for the group. Meetings are held on Wednesdays, at 8:00pm in Room 212 on the second floor of the Davison Health Center.
  • Individual Appointments – appointment with one of the OBHS therapists. Call 685-2910 to schedule a specific time.
  • The Consultation Service – a specific focus usually involving one or two meetings. Call 685-3143 for a specific appointment.  If you have any questions, call 685-2910 or 685-3143.
  • Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL)
    169 High St., second floor (corner Church St. and High St.)

    Pastor Joan Burnett | Protestant Chaplain | jburnett@wesleyan.edu
    Father Hal Weidner | Catholic Chaplain | hweidner@wesleyan.edu
    Rabbi David Leipziger Teva | Director ORSL, Jewish Chaplain | dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

  • Class Deans

    Noel Garrett | Class of 2011 | ngarrett@wesleyan.edu
    David Phillips | Class of 2012 | dphillips@wesleyan.edu
    Louise Brown | Class of 2013 | lsbrown@wesleyan.edu
    Marina Melendez | Class of 2014 | mmelendez@wesleyan.edu

To Members of the Wesleyan Community:

I am writing to remind you of an important resource that the Office of Behavioral Health (OBHS) has developed for the Wesleyan community.  Effective Interventions:  A Guide for Faculty and Staff to Recognize and Aid Students in Distress provides all members of the Wesleyan community with information on recognizing and assisting persons in emotional distress.  Although written primarily with a faculty and staff audience in mind, I am sending this message to students because I suspect the information may also be useful in helping students support their peers.

The Guide can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/obhs/distress.pdf

Finally, let me remind each of you that OBHS exists expressly to help students (undergraduate and graduate) to deal effectively with emotional, personal, interpersonal and situational issues which cause unhappiness, frustration and/or disruption to their lives.  If you are a Wesleyan student who thinks some professional input could be useful, OBHS encourages you to contact us at 860-685-2910 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  In an emergency you can always reach the therapist on call (24/7 whenever classes/exams are in session) – simply call and follow the directions to reach a therapist after hours.  Our services are free to Wesleyan students.  All information that you reveal to us is considered absolutely confidential and would be revealed only with your explicit permission or in an emergency situation where there is a need to prevent injury to you or to others.

Remember, if you have any questions, at any time, please feel free to call OBHS.


Dr. Philippa M. Coughlan
Director of OBHS

Student-Run Grief Support Group
(Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral Health for Students)

Meets: Wednesdays
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Group Room 212
(2nd Floor, Davison Health Center)

Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Please feel free to come and leave when it’s convenient for you. If you have questions, please contact: Kendall (512/296-3521).

As the semester begins we want to share with you information about the resources on campus to address sexual violence.  As you know, the University has a very clear policy prohibiting all forms of sexual misconduct and assault:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/studenthandbook/3_sexual_misconduct.html.  Every member of the community is expected to know and follow the policy.  As a community there are several things we can do to reduce the likelihood that members of our community will experience the trauma of an assault.  While the responsibility for any sexual misconduct lies with the perpetrator, there are many actions people can take to reduce the risk becoming a victim:

  • Set your own sexual boundaries and communicate them clearly to a potential sexual partner before becoming intimate.
  • Notice your fears and act on them. Your instincts are usually right.
  • Look for signs of a lack of respect. If someone does not respect your personal space or your wishes, it is possible they won’t respect you in a sexual situation either.
  • Be especially cautious in a new environment with unfamiliar people. This applies whether you are on campus, off campus or traveling. Avoid going to isolated rooms or areas with someone you do not know well.
  • Never leave a party or gathering with someone you don’t know well, and don’t accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Attend social gatherings with friends and leave with them. Make a plan for the evening and stick to it to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Watch your alcohol and other drug use. Studies of rape indicate that up to 75 percent of victims were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of the assault, often provided by the assailant. For the same reasons that it is important to remain sober to control a car, it is equally important to stay sober in order to maintain control of your judgment and be able to legally give consent.

While we hope that we can reduce the number of assaults on campus, we want to be sure that if an assault occurs you know what resources are available across campus.  Nearly a dozen professional staff on campus have received specialized training and form the Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART):  http://sexualviolence.blogs.wesleyan.edu/.  These staff can answer questions about what a student can expect if they file a report of an assault and they are fully aware of all of the counseling resources on and off campus.  If you have any questions about the SART trained staff, please contact Joyce Walter, Director of the Davison Health Center (jwalter@wesleyan.edu).  In addition to the staff on campus, the University has hired a Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) Intern who also can serve as a liaison for students seeking resources.  This year’s SART intern Eliza Gordon ’11 can be contacted at ejgordon@wesleyan.edu or you can visit her office in the Davison Health Center, 327 High Street – 2nd floor room 208. Please check out the sexual violence blog for the SART intern’s office hours.


Joyce Walter
Director of the Davison Health Center

Rick Culliton
Dean of Students

Meets: Wednesdays
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Group Room #212
(2nd floor, Davison Health Center)

Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.  Please feel free to come and leave when it’s convenient for you.  If you have questions, please contact: Kendall (512/296-3521).

Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral Health for Students.