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Georgetown Offers Free Counseling to People Affected by Government Shutdown

Georgetown Offers Free Counseling to People Affected by Government Shutdown

“I’m writing to share with you some implications for our University community following the government shutdown”

Can you imagine needing counseling over a partial shutdown of the government? The administration at Georgetown can.

The College Fix reports:

Georgetown U. offers free counseling to those affected by government shutdown

As the federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown, Georgetown University wants any affected staff and students to know they can take advantage of campus counseling services.

As of Saturday, approximately one-quarter of the federal government closed down as negotiations between Republicans and Democrats did not produce a funding agreement. The main issue is construction of a wall on border between the US and Mexico.

The shutdown could persist into the new year.

In an email obtained by The College Fix, GU Associate Vice President for Federal Government Relations Katy Button reminded the campus community that the university’s Faculty & Staff Assistance Program includes “free [and] confidential counseling,” and is available to those impacted by the federal closures.

I’m writing to share with you some implications for our University community following the government shutdown that began early Saturday morning. As many of you know, the federal government is the largest employer in the Washington, D.C. region and this disruption may have meaningful consequences for our students, faculty and staff, as well as their families and friends.

Unlike past shutdowns, however, this one is more limited in scope. Three-quarters of all government agencies are funded for the entire 2018-19 fiscal year—including the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services (which funds research entities like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation)—so the main sources of University research and financial aid funding will not be impacted.

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DieJustAsHappy | December 24, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Can you imagine needing counseling over a partial shutdown of the government?

Based upon what I have read, comments by others, and personal experience, even if the latter is somewhat dated, yes, I can did very much believe there would be a need on the part of a few. Even though their major sources of funding are assured, they’re whining anyway.

The letter relates the problems from the shutdown to the very large government employment in the local area. In other words, they aren’t implying that the government shut down itself will cause some kind of psychic trauma but that sudden massive unemployment might.

They’re over playing it but the rationale is at least somewhat reasonable.

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