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What Is Pathways?

An introductory counseling workshop that is educational and interactive, and designed to accelerate the change process.

  • is an educational, interactive workshop meant to accelerate the change process.
  • is not group therapy.  It is a curriculum-driven workshop that has structure and specific learning objectives, with each session building on material from the preceding session. 
  • gives you immediate strategies and tools to improve your well-being. It provides a framework for better understanding how you experience distress and ways to change your relationship with this distress.

General Questions

General Questions about Pathways

Who Should Attend Pathways?

Almost everyone! Pathways is meant to help students learn strategies for coping with everyday stress. While Pathways can be helpful for students experiencing ongoing mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression, it can also be really helpful for students who want to learn how to manage the stress of college. 

Who Leads Pathways?

Clinicians from the Counseling & Testing Center

Will I Have To Talk in Front of A Group or Share Personal Things?

No. There may be times when the counselor leading the workshop asks for a volunteer for an activity or invites people to share reactions or questions about an activity, but you don’t have to share if you do not want to. Pathways is focused on learning coping skills, rather than talking through the concerns that may have led you to attend Pathways.

What Happens After Pathways?

At the completion of Pathways, you will meet again with the counselor that referred you to Pathways. They will discuss with you your experience participating in Pathways and collaborate with you about your next step in the counseling process.

Emergency & on-campus resources

Emergency Resources 

  • Off-Campus EMERGENCY: 911
  • On Campus EMERGENCY: 608.789.9999 (UWL Police)
  • UW Mental Health Support 24/7: call/text 888.531.2142
    • UWL Mental Health Crisis and Emotional Support for UWL Students.

On Campus Resources

  • ACCESS Center: 608.785.6900
    • Help with accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Center for Transformative Justice: 608.785.5094
    • Support with belonging on campus and reporting a hate or bias incident.
  • Student Life608.785.8062
    • Resource for students in distress and needing resources, faculty with concern about a student disruption, help with meeting basic needs, and campus CARE team.
  • Student Health Center: 608.785.8558
    • Medical providers available for student health care needs including primary care, mental health, and same-day care. 
  • Violence Prevention: 608.785.5126
    • Confidential support and advocacy for anyone in the campus community who has experienced sexual assault, stalking, violence, abuse, or threats. 


More 24/7 Crisis Resources 

  • La Crosse County Mobile Crisis: 608.784.HELP (4357)
    • Local mental health support and evaluation of risk via phone and/or in person.
  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
    • Nationwide mental health support and crisis intervention via phone, text, or chat. Veterans and other service members and their families, press 1 to be connected with specific supports. 
  • Trevor Lifeline: 866.488.7386
    • Crisis and emotional support for LGBTQ+ youth up to age 25.
  • The Steve Fund: Text 'STEVE' to 741741
    • Crisis and emotional support for students of color.
  • Text ‘Hopeline’ to 741741 
    • Nationwide text-based mental health support
  • Great Rivers 211 Helpline: 211 or 800.362.TALK (8255)
    • Local support and help in connecting with resources for meeting basic needs for food, housing, healthcare, childcare, etc.