Dear TCNJ Student,
Everyone’s experience with power-based personal violence is unique. Tuning into what you want or need may help determine which action steps, if any, you choose to pursue. Anti-Violence Initiatives, or AVI, is a confidential resource that is available to you at any point in this process. AVI can assist you in identifying your needs, help you understand the options available, and help you access any resources on- or off- campus. AVI can also work with you to ensure your physical and emotional safety.
If you are unsure of where to start in the process, start at AVI. Information about scheduling an appointment with an AVI counselor is listed below. Please know your TCNJ community is here for you to help in any way that we can.
Michelle Lambing, LPC, NCC, ACS
Assistant Director for Anti-Violence Initiatives
AVI provides brief individual counseling, referral assistance, and urgent appointments.
To request an appointment with AVI:
1. First access the Center for Student Wellness Online Wellness Link (OWL).
2. Navigate to tcnj.medicatconnect.com and log in using your TCNJ user ID and password.
3. Once logged in, click on ‘Forms and Resources‘ and use the AVI Request for Services (RFS) form.
Please note that completing a RFS will take approximately 5-10 minutes. Our response to set up your appointment will be through the telephone number you provide on the request form or your TCNJ email address.
Important: Here are some tips to help avoid any frustration using AVI’s online service:
1. The online service does not fully, reliably support mobile devices (i.e. smart phones), so a ‘regular’ computer is best.
2. If you encounter any bugs using a laptop and WiFi, switching to a desktop/wired combination will help resolve issues. Thanks for your patience – we are doing our best to work out remaining issues with our online service.
What to expect in your first appointment: The Assistant Director for Anti-Violence Initiatives will have reviewed your request thoroughly, and during this first appointment your concerns will be discussed and a plan will be developed. Options could include group counseling, referral(s) to on or off campus resources, brief individual counseling, advocacy services, or a combination of these services. At its core, the process is about matching you with services that will best meet your needs.
Campus Resource Videos
We are excited to share with you messages from some of the people behind important campus resources and offices at TCNJ. In this first video, Michelle and Zach discuss Anti-Violence Initiatives’ confidential counseling and advocacy services; Chelsea Jacoby discusses Title IX and Sexual Misconduct, including supportive measures and how to access them; and Officer Desi Fiorvanti discusses how Campus Police Services works with the TCNJ community to aid victims and survivors.
Our next resource video features Babayemi Aiyegbo, Robbin Loonan, and Dr. Jonathan Murakami from Mental Health Services at TCNJ as they discuss counseling groups such as SAFE and Not the Perfect Family that might be helpful for victims/survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Also in the second video of our campus resource series, Chris Freeman discusses the Collegiate Recovery Program and the All Recovery Meeting – a resource for anyone with a desire to grow!
Our last resource video features the staff of Student Health Services! Meet some of the friendly faces at TCNJ’s SHS and hear about the services they offer, as well as how to schedule an appointment. At the end of the video, nurse practitioner Ana Slack discusses survivor-centered services offered for students.