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Oct. 28, 2004
DH 04 PH060
Contact: Pamela Hammond
(310) 243-2001
phammond@csudh.edu

For Immediate Release

Cal State Dominguez Hills Launches Support Group for Female African-American College Students

CARSON, Calif. – Student Psychological and Health Services at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has launched a support group for female African-American college students. The group, led by Dr. Tiffany Herbert, staff psychologist, will meet every Tuesday until Nov. 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the campus’ Student Health Center, SHC A-145.

“African-American women in college are at a great risk for many mental illnesses, primarily depression and anxiety,” says Herbert. “Many are first-generation college students, and have no generational models of success in college. In addition, there is an underlying sense or pressure to succeed for themselves and often times for their families. Pressure also exists in that most African American women in college maintain multiple roles that create an environment for pressure and ultimately the inability to succeed.”

WHO: Dr. Tiffany Herbert, psychologist, Student Health & Psychological Services at CSUDH


WHAT: Support group for African-American female college students

WHERE: Student Health Center, SHC A-145
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St., Carson 90747

WHEN: Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Oct 26
Nov. 2
Nov. 9
Nov. 16
Nov. 23
Nov. 30

Herbert assessed the scope of services offered on campus, and recognized a gap in the area of support services specific to African-American women. “I received overwhelming feedback from women on campus and from faculty and staff who witnessed a need in their students,” explains Herbert. “In addition, as a highly ethnically diverse campus, it is important to be understanding of the needs of all groups. We want to understand those cultural, emotional and environmental factors that contribute to student success so we can increase the number of graduates.”

The Black Women's Support Group is a six-week counseling group focusing on issues that affect the mental well-being among African American women on campus. The goal of the support group is to ensure the college and life success of African American college students. The first meeting was held on Oct. 26. The health center will continue to assess the need for such a program and determine its continuance beyond Nov. 30.

“Support groups, in general, are great way to develop a sense of community,” Herbert says. “Participants have the opportunity to share their experiences as well as to learn from the experiences of others. They are able to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance, receive feedback, and create healthy relationships with other women.

“Students can expect a safe and confidential place to receive support and feedback from their peers and myself. The group is not structured in any particular way and students are invited to discuss any pressures or issues that they are faced with in their lives,” says Herbert. “They can expect to receive genuine support and no judgment from the group members. They can expect that their views and comments will be valued and that they will always be respected.”

Tiffany Herbert is a staff psychologist working for CSUDH’s Student Psychological and Health Services in the Student Health Center. She has been on staff since September 2004, and currently provides psychological counseling to students and supportive services as needed around campus. She completed her predoctoral internship at CSUDH and has been involved with the Multicultural Center's Cross Cultural Retreat on campus.

For more information, please contact Dr. Herbert at (310) 243-3818. To learn more about CSU Dominguez Hills, visit http://www.csudh.edu.

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