During OVA e-Ask an Advocate hours, submitting this form (see bottom of page) will send an email to an OVA advocate counselor. The advocate will then email you with a link to a video session.  This form is closed, no submission button, outside of e-Ask an Advocate hours listed below.

Fall 2021 hours: 

  • OVA is working with some campus partners to see about offering Ask an Advocate in person at a few campus departments this fall, details still being worked out on time and location, stayed tuned, please call 303-492-8855 with questions for an advocate
  • e-Ask an Advocate will resume later in the fall

OVA’s mission is to decrease barriers and empower people who have experienced traumatic events. OVA Ask an Advocate is a way for CU Boulder students, graduate students, staff and faculty to briefly connect virtually with a confidential advocate counselor to consult and to see if OVA services would be helpful based on their experience. The chat’s goal is to broaden OVA's accessibility to the CU community and to provide an alternative means of connecting to resources.

No appointment is necessary. This is a free and confidential service. CU Boulder affiliates are seen on a first-come, first-served basis at various times throughout the week (see top of page for current offerings).

Ask an Advocate counselors can help provide insight, solutions and information about additional resources as well as information about one’s rights and options around traumatic experiences. This is a new offering starting Fall 2020 and we expect people to visit with questions about various processes and topics like Title IX, discrimination, sexual assault, intimate partner abuse, experiences of bias, harassment, stalking, assault, and other crimes or traumatic experiences, that happened recently OR in the past.

Please note: This service is not a substitute for on-going advocacy and formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Because it is not therapy, OVA's e-Ask an Advocate is available for CU Boulder affiliates (students, graduate students, staff and faculty) not currently in Colorado, as well as those in Colorado. This a service for ONLY CU Boulder affiliates.

OVA e-Ask an Advocate is especially helpful for those who...

  • Have questions for an advocate about reporting options and are not ready to set up an appointment with OVA services
  • Aren’t sure about counseling or wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor;
  • Aren’t interested in ongoing advocacy but would like to consult with an advocate counselor;
  • Have had a specific traumatic experience and would like someone with whom to talk it through;
  • Have a concern about a friend or family member who has had a traumatic experience and would like ideas about how to help
  • If you are unsure about counseling around your traumatic experiences

Confidentiality

OVA services and advocate counselors are confidential. Confidentiality is an essential part of our work at OVA. Services are provided by social workers and professional counselors. All information provided during sessions are confidential and no documentation is written for these e-chats. As licensed clinicians, we are mandated by law to disclose information, if shared, related to abuse or neglect of children (person under age of 18), elders (person over age of 70) and/or at risk adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as well as imminent risk of harm to others or self. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please discuss them with the advocate counselor.

More information about OVA services and confidentiality can be found here:  https://www.colorado.edu/ova/about-ova