History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 53

53 issues and was among the first to openly address issues of sex discrimination and sexual assault/abuse experienced by female students. A Minority Walk-In Counseling Service followed a year later with additional emphasis on out-ofoffice activities in order to successfully reach students of color. The University Counseling Center initiated a peer counseling program to proactively work with the first wave of Black students enrolled at UF. Staff not only assisted in programming to facilitate campus racial integration but also provided group leaders for student interaction groups when Gainesville integrated its racially separate high schools. A Couple’s Walk-In Clinic was also established in 1973 to provide conjoint counseling to couples who may not otherwise seek services for troubled relationships. This was a time when traditional gender roles were still very prominent and a potential source of conflict for women and men exploring broadened roles. During this period, the humanistic psychology movement flourished as reflected in the University Counseling Center’s group counseling offerings that expanded to include brief encounter groups and weekend mini-marathons. Increased gender awareness was reflected in changes in career counseling. In sync with national changes in vocational psychology, the staff stopped using tests which showed separate profiles for men and women with stereotypic interests and career patterns. Up until then, the most frequently used vocational interest inventory had bubble answer sheets colored pink for women and blue for men. The interpretive career profiles came back separately as well (e.g., nurse and interior designer were possible career options for women while doctor and architect were possible career options for men.) Nationwide, counselors protested this overt sexism, and the test was overhauled to provide a single version to be taken by all students. T h e 1 9 8 0 s a n d t h e U n i v e r s i t y Co u n s e l i n g C e n t e r ’ s 50th Anniversary In the 1980s, the term “counseling” was being usurped by all kinds of enterprises. To distinguish the unique functions of the University Counseling Center, explicit modifiers were added, resulting in a new name — the Psychological and Vocational Counseling Center. However, despite the use on official documents and letterhead, few people actually referred to the office by this new name; most simply called it the “Counseling Center.” By the end of the decade, the Department histor ies : Coun seli n g an d W elln ess Center