Student Funded University Counseling Centers: Operational Challenges for Year 2000.Report as inadecuate

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Changes in administrative policies and budgetary cutbacks add to the vulnerability of many university counseling centers. Two possible solutions, currently existing within two state-affiliated universities, entail housing student counseling in student health centers and either linking counseling administratively with health services or keeping their management separate. This symposium discusses the challenges in practice, administration, and ideology which counseling centers may face in operating under such a health center linkage. Some of the specific issues addressed here include: administrative challenges; supervisory challenges; practice issues; challenges for psychology trainees; and prevention and health promotion challenges. Some of the conclusions recommend that university counseling centers should strive to retain service autonomy; that they exercise care as they co-exist with other health-related units; that with shrinking budgets they continue dialogue with officials to minimize the challenges to practice and maximize the ability to provide effective service; that variables such as the physical environment, client first contacts, and medical staff perceptions of mental health services be considered if merging is necessary; and that counseling centers address the root causes of psychological disorders. Failing this, campus counseling center practitioners will be confined to tertiary services as they attempt to ameliorate existing disorders. (RJM)

Descriptors: College Administration, Counseling, Counseling Services, Counselors, Higher Education, School Counseling, School Health Services, School Organization, Student Personnel Services, Universities

Author: Gillespie, Janet F.; And Others


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