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#20813

OMG: Is there any way we can organize a petition or something against FEDS to increase counsellors on campus? I've been waiting for weeks to get an appointment.

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  1. This doesn't even make sense. Do you want more counselors? What does Feds have to do with it? If you want FEDS to advocate for more counselors in the counseling department, then talk to Danielle or Stephane.

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  2. I know the Student Services fee just got increased to accomodate more staff in health and wellness.

    In the past 3 years the health/wellness budget has been increased by 20-30%

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    1. This is the first I've heard of this, can you provide any more details about the fee increase?

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  3. Organizing against FEDS wouldn't help since they don't provide the counseling services. However, if you organize in collaboration with FEDS then maybe you'll get somewhere.

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  4. If it won't
    a) buff their resumes
    b) appeal to permanent FEDs staff
    c) be harmless to UW admin (see b)
    FEDs is absolutely not interested. They will however:
    d) direct you to some unrelated ineffective thing they did
    e) say how much they care
    f) give excuses and pass the buck.

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    1. Accurate but sad. So how do we get UW to supply us counselling services that efficiently matches the funding we already give? Looks like they're frittering our money away and don't care to even take an honest look at how it's happening.

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    2. Given it's worsened during several years under the current managing director, this calls for a revolutionary change not an evolutionary change.

      If he was the least bit capable, things would have improved. If he cared in the slightest, things would have improved.
      But he isn't and he doesn't.

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  5. Counselling service efficiency won't get solved until many hamstringing practices there stop: nonexistent accountability, misplaced monitoring, rampant favoritism and suppression, and fear of pissing off the reactionary director. Who does sweet fuck all, except for himself and those he favors or can't stand up to (aka men). Shame, as there are hard-working honest female staff, being pushed out under the pressure or leaving. No one in power's had the balls to fix it. Meanwhile our tuition spirals in. All unchecked.

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    1. Somebody powerful in UW, get Counseling Service's shit together for us now. I mean today. This is unacceptable. Retire the guy, fire him, or move him where he can't do the same damage to us.

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    2. 5a, yes. 5, or anyone, who's actually useful at Counseling Services?

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    3. That's harsh. I'm sure several people there are good, just stuck in a bad boss situation. Don't blame them.

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    4. 5b useful staff? Yes 5c, several. Well, Counselling Service's assessments expert, an efficient superstar was just driven out, so assessment wait times and staff costs per assessment will increase for us all. Way to go, Tom.

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    5. 5e can't his bosses (see 7d) just apologize to the person, tell them Tom was being an idiot, and ask them nicely to come back? Why should we suffer because of him?

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    6. 5b, another great counsellor/psychologist is leaving CS soon, and it sounds like she's leaving mostly due to the chronic inefficiencies and favoritism. Male staff get perks, less work, more time off, less monitoring, more power, less required accountability. It wears down the honest female counsellors.

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  6. You should petition to have the Feds health plan cover seeing a counselor off campus. You would see better results faster this way.

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    1. Sure, if you want to see the cost of said plan increase sizeably.

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  7. Sure. In the meantime, I'm going to write an angry letter to the owner of Mel's Diner about delays on the GRT. It will have approximately the same effect.

    The University runs counselling services, not Feds. What you CAN do is:
    1) Talk to your student counsellor or a Feds Exec (seriously, their offices are always open) about the need for more counsellors, and see what's being done to push the university towards getting more (note, not a lot will come of this; Feds has been asking the university to hire more counsellors for several years now, but money is pretty tight);
    2) Send an e-mail to the Director of Campus Wellness or the Associate Provost, Students about the issue (even less will come of this);
    3) Get the petition going yourself, and when you have a significant number of signatures (several thousand, ideally), give it to your student Senator, who can present it at the next University Senate meeting in front of all the University's top administrators and faculty members as a pressing issue (this probably won't have *much* more effect that talking to Feds, but hey at least it's something... right?).

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    1. 7, no your plan sucks. I agree with 5a. Someone senior at UW get off your goldplated ass and remove the current d counseling services director. There must be 50 administrators who can start this action. Make this a different day and actually do something useful for us that really matters. Right now.

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    2. lol 7a, you think it's possible to remove administrators at this school?

      Unless:
      -His contract ends;
      -He retires;
      -He gets offered/finds a better position;
      -He commits a major criminal offense;

      The director of counselling services basically can't be removed. The same is true of most mid-to-high level administrators anywhere in the public sector.

      Ultimately, all he can do is work with the money he's given... which at present is not much. Someone needs to try to fix THAT.

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    3. We can still call him out for sabotaging our counseling services. There's plenty all the people up the ladder can do but choose not to. They're as or more responsible for their inaction leaving him where he continues to damage all he touches.

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    4. For all who are interested, this UW org chart for Associate Provost, Students shows the
      Counselling Services Director Tom Ruttan works for the
      Campus Wellness Director, Walter Mittelstaedt works for
      Associate Provost, Students, Chris Read works for
      Vice-President, Academic & Provost Ian Orchard.

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    5. 7b you seriously suggesting to give this burrowed tick more of our money to abuse? What the actual fuck?

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    6. 7a yes I do think it's possible to remove him. If the will exists among higher ups, they will find a way. Once they see him as more trouble than he's worth, work can start. It'll be a personal choice.

      Walter, Chris, and Ian can think for themselves and then take the step to talk with each other about feasibility and what next steps are. This is for their own motives and careers, which are now getting widespread negative attention through not dealing with him. What's in it for them to be dragged down with him in failing us, while being seen as impotent in their roles to manage him effectively?

      For a long time he's been untouchable and more powerful than his bosses at insulating counseling services from getting real fixes, while entrenching his sole authority.

      Unless they want the shame of being his lapdogs to grow, they'll want more and more to act. Doing nothing but being submissive to him in spite of their powerful positions over him on paper will otherwise grow the contempt others view them with, and their personal shame. They'll know this when they look at each other though it's unspoken.

      I know it sounds crazy but we're not in a rational situation here. If they responded to reason it would have never gotten to this stage.

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    7. Barbara Schumacher, Health Services Director is retiring. Maybe he can fuck off over there.

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    8. 7f, removing the present director counseling services is an unmentionable. How to mention this ought to be each of Ian's, Chris's, and Walter's top priority.

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    9. 7h, that would imply it's something they even would consider.

      The thing is, the people who have met/worked with the director, quite like him. He's an endearing guy. And he sounds quite knowledgeable when he speaks. Not someone who is in the crosshairs of anybody in upper admin.

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    10. 7i, Upper admin - Ian Orchard, Chris Read, and Walter Mittelstaedt - won't consider it since their heads are so far up their asses they can only hear the director's close voice as he kisses said asses so well, saying "everything's going great, I'm doing great, don't we all feel great". So no need to extract their heads and see what's actually going down.

      And the only hairs crossing remain between their asses and their beards.

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    11. 7j, I admit that does look, sound, and smell like the root of omg20801's Counselling Services "management clusterfuck".

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    12. 7i, if appearing fascinating to upper admin was Tom Ruttan's sole job responsibility, if being fascinated by him was Ian Orchard's, Chris Read's, and Walter Mittelstaedt's sole responsibility, none of us would have a problem with any of them.

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  8. Lmao, faggot.
    Up your crazy.
    I can get an appt with the head psych within in an hour
    You're probably just some whiny bitch they don't give a fuck about

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  9. Same wider Counselling Services issues are in omg's 20813, 20801, 20791, 20768, 20780. See those others if interested in this OMG's posts.

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    1. Fascinating. Thanks for these. Yes I'm quite interested.

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  10. Counseling services OMG's by topic
    20813 brainstorming to remove the director due to malfeasance
    20801 student service fee increase, finance report highlights.
    20768 cancelation experiences and trends, scheduling fraud,
    20791 UW institutional tolerance of sexual violence.
    20780 feasibility of alternatives to counseling services

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    1. ^genius

      more Counselling Services OMG's by topic
      Feds Execs AMA! (between 20392 and 20393) 2015 Jan 19 Q18a-u: FEDs views on unpunished sexual harassment consellor at CS (22 comments)
      20389 Counseling Services staff and Dalhousie dentistry gentlemen (17 comments)
      20236 CS director imprint article (3 comments)
      20165 CS cost questions (22 comments)
      20030 CS groper creeps out, alternatives (10 comments)
      19849 women's safety concerns, management punishing victim, aims to promote groper (111 comments)

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    2. Nice, but hotlinks would be nicer.

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    3. Just copy the 5-digit OMG# and search for it using "+ Search OMG" halfway up the right side under "recent comments". It'll come up.

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  11. Since 7i above suggests they're not even considering removing the Director Counselling Services based on their interactions with him, we can start a list of things Walter Mittelstaedt, Chris Read, and Ian Orchard should pay more attention to than the Director 's voice and likability by them.

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    1. Already listed in 5 above and elsewhere.

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    2. I'm surprised they're that clued out.

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