Safety • Empowerment • Healing
Respect • Support • Knowledge
Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services was established to provide a variety of services to UA students, staff, and faculty of all genders who are impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Oasis counseling services is for U.A. students only but staff can assist in offering off-campus resources to faculty and other U.A. staff if needed.
Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services is affiliated with Counseling & Psych Services, which is a unit of Campus Health Service, and is an active partner with Tucson community service agencies. Together with our campus and community partners, our mission is to respond to all forms of interpersonal violence.
Phone: (520) 626-2051
The initial session, called an intake interview, is typically scheduled by appointment. Call Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services at (520) 626-2051 or go to the Counseling & Psych Services on the third floor of Campus Health at Highland Commons (near 6th and Highland) and request an appointment with an Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services counselor. If your situation is an emergency, you may request to be seen immediately. You may be asked to meet with a CAPS (Counseling & Psych Services) Triage counselor if an Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services counselor is not immediately available.
Our mission is:
- To reduce the incidence of sexual assault and interpersonal violence in the UA community.
- To coordinate and promote effective administrative, legal, medical, and therapeutic responses for students, staff and faculty (Counseling servcies are for U.A. students only and information and resources are freely given to U.A. faculty and staff).
- To facilitate confidential reports on campus and promote data collection and research efforts.
- To collaborate with, and provide coordinated responses between the campus and the surrounding community.
We are fully supported by the University of Arizona in its commitment to model creative leadership in promoting campus civility and mutual respect based on the principles and practices of nonviolence.
Our goal in offering counseling services is to contribute to the quality of the overall campus climate, to the safety, empowerment and healing of victim/survivors, to the accountability of offenders, to the success of students remaining productive in their role as students and in the pursuit of their degrees, and to the success of staff and faculty remaining productive in their role as employees. All services are voluntary. All counseling services are confidential, and the first two visits are free.
What can I expect?
Sometimes one session is all that is required, sometimes people come for several regular sessions, and sometimes people see a counselor intermittently over a period of time. This is something that is negotiated with the counselor and depends on many factors, including the types of issues being discussed and the purpose of seeing the counselor. You are free to stop counseling at any time.
You can expect to be:
- Listened to with care and respect
- Responded to honestly and respectfully
- Informed about confidentiality
- Informed of your rights and options
- Informed of the risks of counseling
- Treated in ways that are respectful of and sensitive to your cultural beliefs, religious beliefs, gender identity issues, and disabilities
- Free to ask questions about the counselor’s training, experience, and ways of working with clients
- Supported through advocacy when this would benefit you
- Free to refuse to answer questions or discuss any aspects of your life that you do not feel are relevant or appropriate
- Provided with assistance in securing alternative services if Oasis Program counseling services are not appropriate for your concerns or needs
Our counseling services are confidential.* All interactions with an Oasis counselor, including scheduling of or attendance at appointments, content of your sessions, progress in counseling, and your records, are confidential. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, education, or job placement file. You may, however, request in writing that the counselor release specific information about your appointments to persons you designate.
There are a few exceptions to the rule of confidentiality. If Oasis believes you are immediately and seriously dangerous to yourself or to others, the staff is legally required to try to keep you safe and to warn anyone you might try to harm. Another circumstance in which the staff is required to break confidentiality is in the case of child or elder abuse. Lastly, a court order, issued by a judge, may require OASIS staff to release information contained in records and/or require a counselor to testify in a court hearing.
All counseling staff at Campus Health, including Oasis counselors, work as a team. Your Oasis counselor may consult with other Campus Health counseling staff to provide the best possible care. Other Campus Health counseling staff may view your OASIS counseling records, as needed, for consultation, supervision and continuity of care.
If you have specific concerns or questions about confidentiality, feel free to call Oasis and ask to talk to a counselor about your concerns or discuss them when you come for an intake interview.
*Oasis Sexual Assault and Trauma Services is mandated by law to report incidents of abuse/assault of individuals under the age of 18.
If you are in imminent danger, are seriously injured and need medical assistance call 911 (even if you are on campus, calling 911 will connect you with law enforcement and emergency services).
If you are a U.A. student and would like counseling services or you are a U.A. faculty/staff member and you would like additional information, call:
OASIS Sexual Assault and Trauma Services: (520) 626-2051
Options For Individuals Impacted By Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking
Sexual Assault/Unwanted Sexual Contact
As a survivor of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact there are a number of options both on campus and in the community available to you. Help is available. You do not have to cope with this alone.
Surviving a completed or attempted sexual assault will have an impact on your emotional, mental, and physical health. It can alter how you view yourself, how you view others, and how you view the world. It is normal to feel effects during the assault, after the assault, and over a considerable amount of time after the assault.
You do not need to face this alone. More often than not, seeking support from others is helpful. In addition to OASIS Sexual Assault and Trauma Services and other community agencies, trusted friends or family can provide emotional support. You are not alone.
Counselors are trained in assisting individuals who are experiencing effects from completed and attempted sexual assault. Start talking to someone today.
If you are not a UA student, faculty, or staff member you can seek mental health services at the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (520) 327-7273.
In addition, there are many community mental health providers including psychologists, licensed counselors, and licensed social workers that you can meet with to discuss the impact of sexual assault on your emotional/mental health. These individuals can be located either by calling your insurance carrier for recommendations for providers, or looking in the phone book under Counselors, Psychologists, Mental Health Services, or Psychologists.
To learn more about the emotional effects of sexual assault click here: Understanding Reactions to Traumatic Events (pdf)
To learn more about coping tips and other resources for college students who have experienced a disaster or trauma, click here: Tips for College Students After a Disaster or Trauma
Relationship violence includes physical, sexual, and emotional/psychological abuse (please see definitions). Given the diversity of the types of harm, there are often many different needs and thus different options for persons impacted by relationship violence.
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