Around the Table
The Baylor Counseling Center welcomes you to this brave space. These spaces are designed to allow all students the opportunity to process their thoughts and feelings surrounding social concerns that occur on local, state, national and/or worldwide level. As individuals, we can be greatly impacted by social influences and when the future is unknown, our mental health can be negatively impacted. These spaces will allow you to express yourself, challenge one another in a positive way, and learn from one another. At times, you may experience discomfort as we are discussing topics that may be uncomfortable in nature. This is an understandable reaction. We want all participants to feel comfortable learning, sharing, and growing together.
What is Around the Table?
Around the Table is an offered service led by BUCC clinicians who act as facilitators. These facilitators can join your scheduled student organization, classroom, or department to lead discussion when an impactful social event occurs. An impactful event can occur on a local, state, national and/or worldwide level. Around the Table was created in response to the civil discord that occurred in summer 2020. Since then, we have hosted events in response to the 2020 presidential election, the impact of violent protests, and the impact of suicide.
As individuals, we can be greatly impacted by social influences and when the future is unknown, our mental health can be negatively impacted. These spaces will allow you to express yourself, challenge one another in a positive way, and learn from one another. At times, you may experience discomfort as we are discussing topics that may be uncomfortable in nature. This is an understandable reaction. We want all participants to feel open to learning, sharing, and growing together. The aim of Around the Table is for students to be able to support one another in growing in resilience and increase positive mental health.
What is the format of Around the Table?
The format of Around the Table is both structured and discussion based. It is not meant to be a form of therapy services. Facilitators will provide psychoeducation regarding the impact of social events on mental health, offer prepared discussion questions to engage the audience, as well as provide space for participants to share their own thoughts regarding the impact of the social event.
How to Schedule and Around the Table event
To request that Around the Table join your scheduled lecture time, student organization event, or department event, simply submit a request here.
Additional Information about Around the Table
Around the Table is not a substitute for ongoing counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment, but it can be helpful by providing space to share specific concerns, help explore solutions, and get support from peers and experienced BUCC Staff.
While BUCC Staff will make every effort to maintain confidentiality, we need each participant’s help. In this space, there is an expectation that participants keep information about other attendees private. One exception to confidentiality* is that BUCC Staff may need to share information in a situation in which safety for yourself or others is a concern or there is concern regarding a violation to Title IX policies. At the beginning of every process space, BUCC Staff will review the expectations for the process space.
*It is important to note that since these spaces are not considered therapy information shared by participants does not fall under privileged communication. If information is shared that potentially violates Baylor University Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy, BUCC Staff are required to report this information to the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office. If you would like to discuss confidential matters, please call our office to schedule an appointment, 254-710-2467.
Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis?
BUCC offers 24-hour crisis intervention services for Baylor University students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student. Call BUCC at 254-710-2467.