Message from CAPS Staff
Each of us in our positions as students, faculty and staff continue to be called upon to carry on in support of Penn State's educational and developmental mission. It is important for all of us to reflect upon the meaning of the past events, our reactions to them, and what we have learned as an institution and community. Spending some time talking with and supporting each other as we continue to heal, and pursuing our daily mission of education and support of the higher values of Penn State, are important ways we can show that we care about ourselves and each other.
For students who are struggling with these events, we urge you to reach out for help to friends, RAs, advisors, instructors and counselors. The Center for Women Students is welcoming all students-as well as faculty and staff in distress.
Students may have a variety of reactions to traumatic events and CAPS is committed to serving students who are having serious emotional reactions to the recent events. More information about our crisis and counseling services.
- Penn State's Center for Democratic Deliberation has created a resource page to help Penn State faculty and students lead productive dialogues on emotionally fraught issues.
- This national organization is dedicated to helping men who have unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.
- Nationally, RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) provides information and a 24-hour hotline (1-800-656-HOPE).
- Guidelines for dealing with difficult events and the road to resilience.
- Information on understanding, prevention, and recovery of child sexual abuse by the American Psychological Association.
- Resources on how to have difficult dialogues in the classroom regarding recent events.
- Information on conflict resolution skills, specifically for students.
- Tips on managing strong emotional reactions to traumatic events (for parents and teachers).
- Information about child sexual abuse and other types of child trauma. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has information and other resources available.
- Off campus, support is available at the Centre County Women's Resource Center.