Department of Psychology

Student Support Network

Learn to Help Friends When They Need You Most

Towson’s Student Support Network (SSN) is a seven-week training program that will give you the skills to help friends in crisis. We discuss mental and emotional health, warning signs of a friend who’s struggling, and how to talk about difficult issues. You will also be equipped with resources to address these issues and develop strategies for how to connect them with your friends in need. We utilize direct teaching as well as practice situations with role-playing and visualization in order to build your ability to respond effectively when presented with real struggles from your loved ones.


The primary goal of SSN is to expand and enrich the campus support network so every member of our community has someone looking out for him or her—and all know where to go for help when things get tough. To achieve this end, we have a few secondary goals.

  • Knowledge. To give participants information about common student struggles, and what can be done to help.
  • Skills. To help participants develop their helping skills, particularly the skill of empathetic listening and responding, through practice.
  • Perspectives. To provide a safe place to look at issues facing college students from a variety of viewpoints and find a way to think about these without perpetuating stigmas.
  • Connection. To build meaningful connections, both between participants, Towson’s Counseling Center, fellow trainees, and graduate students in the mental health profession.


Training will be conducted over the course of 7 weeks in the 2013 fall semester starting on Monday, October 21st- and ending on Monday, December 2nd 2013. The trainings will last approximately 1 hour each week and will begin at 3:30pm. Becoming a TU Mental Health Advocate through the Student Support Network will help you grow, enhance your ability to connect with and help others, and challenge you in positive ways without requiring a great deal of time.

Am I a good fit for SSN?

The answer is yes! We designed the training for any student who wants to make a difference on Towson’s campus. As long as you are able to attend the six training sessions in the fall 2013 semester you are encouraged to join the Student Support Network.


If you're interested in our SSN training series, complete our quick online SSN Application or email us at with questions and to receive an application. If the time of the SSN trainings do not fit your schedule this semester, we will keep your information on record for a future session. Once you’ve applied, we will contact you with further information about the review process.  Training will begin on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Application Due Date: Monday, September 30, 2013

TU Student Support Network Team

Dr. Marianne Dunn- Program Director
Dr. Dunn is an Assistant Professor in Towson Counseling Psychology Master’s Program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Counseling Psychology in 2010. Prior to joining the Towson community, Dr. Dunn was a full-time lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department. She completed her clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital-New York University Medical Center. She has strong research interests in multicultural psychology and education, micro-aggressions, and career development. Dr. Dunn teaches Advanced Counseling Techniques, Group Counseling, Introduction to Helping Relationships, and Cross-Cultural Psychology.      

Dr. Shelia Graham –Program Director
Dr. Graham currently serves as the Assistant Director of Outreach and Diversity and a Staff Psychologist at Towson’s Counseling Center. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in 2010. Her professional interests include social justice issues, interpersonal development, racial/cultural identity development, first generation college students, and multicultural competence.

Sarah Berkey- Program Coordinator
Sarah is a second year student in Towson’s Counseling Psychology Master’s Program. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently working as one of the Counseling Psychology Graduate Assistants and has aided in the development of the Student Support Network at Towson. Her research interests include posttraumatic growth, divorce, and social support.

Mary Rosekrans- Program Assistant
Mary is a first year student in Towson’s Counseling Psychology Master’s Program. She serves as a Graduate Assistant for Towson’s Counseling Center. She interned for a year in 2012 at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Child and Family Therapy Clinic. Her career interests include in university counseling centers, private practice, and community mental health clinics.

Christa Morton- Program Assistant
Christa is a first year student in Towson’s Counseling Psychology Master’s Program. She serves as a Graduate Assistant for her program. She interned for a year in 2012 at Medstar Union Memorial’s Partial Hospitalization Program as an intern co-leading group therapy sessions. Her psychological interests include childhood trauma, Eating Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and at-risk youth.

Counseling Psychology Graduate Students
Towson University’s Student Support Network will be led by small teams of advanced graduate students in Counseling Psychology enrolled in PSYC 721 (Group Counseling). All group leaders will have received extensive training in counseling skills, group facilitation, and interpersonal and group process. All team leaders are trained in Towson’s Student Support Network training program.





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