Tip of the Week: Academic Counseling

The NOVACare’s website offers the opportunity to connect with several resources available to the NOVA community. If you feel you are falling behind in your classes, you can visit our website http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/resources.html, and click the page “Academic Support Services”. Under that page you will find information on different types of academic services the campus has to offer. If you are a new student or have questions, a counselor will help guide you through the sometimes confusing administrative procedures and requirements. All NOVA campuses have counselors available by appointment or walk-in. If you cannot come to campus to meet with your advisor, Online Virtual Advising is available to you.  http://www.nvcc.edu/advising/index.html

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Do you have a friend that needs to talk to someone? Crisis Link can help!

Crisis Link support via phone or text 24/7


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Tip of the Week: Sexual Assault Definition

Sexual assault is any sexual activity that is perpetrated against someone’s will or without explicit consent of the individual. These can include behaviors such as:
• Non-contact sexual offenses are unwanted or non-consensual sexual behaviors that do not involve touch, such as threats of sexual assault, exposing someone to or creating pornography, taking nonconsensual sexual photography or exposing someone to nudity.
• Sexual harassment encompasses any unwanted or unwelcome sexual advances or obscene remarks in the workplace or other professional or social situations such as the school setting.
• Sexual battery is non-consensual touching, without penetration, of the intimate parts of another.
NOVA Sexual Assault services (SAS) is available 24 hours by phone, email or text for any student, faculty and staff of the NOVA community. To contact a SAS coordinator for free confidential support, please call 703.338.0834 or email NOVA.SAS@nvcc.edu. For more information on sexual assault please visit us at http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/sas/sexual-assault.html

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Tip of the Week: Disability Support Services at NOVA

NOVA is committed to ensuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. No academically qualified student with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the College. Disabilities can include autism, Down-syndrome, learning disabilities, and many others. If you or someone you know is struggling with a disability, please visit the website https://www.nvcc.edu/disability-services/index.html. For information about eligibility, services available, student and parent resources, see the Disability Services page.
For more information about autism services, please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/resources.html and click on the Autism Spectrum tab.

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunity

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Tip of the Week: 3.27.17 Counseling Referrals

Although Northern Virginia Community College does not provide campus-based mental health services for students, NOVACares has created a database of mental health professionals available throughout the Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland area who are licensed to provide psychotherapy and medication management. Our Mental Health Provider Database allows you to search for a provider by discipline, specialty, gender identification, insurances accepted, location and public transportation accessibility. The Mental Health Provider Home Page also includes information about how to choose a therapist and offers information and resources for addressing grief, substance abuse, veterans’ concerns and LGBTQ support. For more information about The Mental Health Provider Home Page, please click the following link http://nvcc.rints.com/. To find more about available NovaCares services, visit us at www.nvcc.edu/novacares/resources.html


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Consent is a voluntary and sober agreement to engage in every step of a sexual activity. The absence of a verbal “no” does not indicate consent. If consent is not present then a sexual assault has been committed. Individuals who are intoxicated cannot give consent. If permission to have sexual activity is gained through force, imbalance of power, coercion, threat of violence or is perpetrated against someone who is not able to give consent, because that individual is sleep, incapacitated, unconscious, legally intoxicated or a minor, consent is not actually given.
For more information about consent please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/sas/sexual-assault.html. To contact a 24 hour NOVA Sexual Assault Services coordinator for free confidential support, please call 703.338.0834 or email NOVA.SAS@nvcc.edu.

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NOVACares Fear Versus Threat Workshop – Friday Feb. 24

Fear vs. Threat
Come learn what NOVACares does to keep you safe

It can be difficult to maintain our objectivity when faced with something we perceive as a threat. Learn how fear can distort our perception of a situation and about NOVA’s multi-layered approach to keeping you safe.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

NOVA-AL Bisdorf Building, Room AA196
Alexandria, VA 22311

MaryAnn Raybuck, MSW Case Manager for the NOVACares Office and Threat Assessment Team Member

For more information or to RSVP, contact:
Latrice Shannon

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Consent Week is coming up!

Join twitter.com/amazeorg Feb. 20-26th for Consent Week! Follow along for a live expert Q&A and Twitter town hall to discuss all things consent and healthy relationships throughout the week! #IHeartConsent

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Valentine’s Day Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week
Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, February 14th. Here is a recipe for a Healthy Relationship that you can use during this special day!
• ½ cup of Fairness
• 2 tbsp. of Honesty
• 1 quart of Respect
• 2 spoonful’s of Trust & Support
• A pinch of Economic Partnership
• 100% Non-Threatening Behavior
*Combine ingredients in an embrace and heat to 98.6 degrees. Let it rise with patience and time

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