History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 55

55 T h e 1990s a n d O n wa r d The Counseling Center has always played a central role in responding to critical events on campus. At no time was this more evident than in 1990. The fall semester began with the traumatic and brutal murders of five students within a few days in locations close to campus that terrorized UF, Santa Fe Community College, and the Gainesville community. Counseling Center counselors responded throughout the crisis, providing on-site crisis intervention, outreach, counseling, and consultation. It was a time of close collaboration between various UF units as well as mental health providers on and off campus, the Alachua County Crisis Center, victim advocates, clergy, law enforcement, and other community leaders. The exceptional cooperation and teamwork was an important unifying factor and essential to helping the process of community healing. Three months prior to this tragedy, the UF Trauma Response Team (previously called the Death Response Team and now known as the Crisis Response Team) was formalized as a multidisciplinary group that involved coordination among UF, Santa Fe, and Alachua County responders. This team became a national model emulated by many other colleges throughout the country. The crisis response role became highly visible again during the 9/11 tragedy as the Counseling Center staff worked together with others to help the campus deal with the traumatic events, handling grief, fears, and anxiety and facilitating positive coping and resilience. In the 1990s, Counseling Center began a more formalized partnership with the Department of Housing and Residence Education (DOHRE) that continues today. Complex situations were increasing in campus housing resulting in housing staff members responding to situations outside of their scope of training and knowledge areas. This led to an enhanced need that the Counseling Center filled. The first was the development of the Counselor in Residence (CIR) role, today known as the Crisis Intervention Consultant role (CIC). Originally, the CIR served in a part time role with the Counseling Center and part time with the DOHRE. This counselor lived in campus facilities and was responsible for responding to crisis incidents on site in the residence halls, for providing consultation to housing staff members, and for providing training to student and professional staff members. Today, the CIC team includes three advanced cou nseling graduate students and is overseen by a Counseling Center faculty member who provides clinical supervision, consultation, and training. Department histor ies : Coun seli n g an d W elln ess Center