History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 56

56 The Counseling Center also partnered with the DOHRE through the creation of the Residence Life Liaison Program (RLLP) that provides a collaborative working relationship through consultation and educational services to enhance the learning and community life experiences for students living within the university’s residence life environments. Annually, Counseling Center faculty and interns volunteer to collaborate with staff in single student and graduate and family residence life areas on campus. Today faculty meet with their assigned colleagues on the housing staff to develop a covenant of understanding and schedule of activity (e.g., workshops, training of staff, and situational consultation) appropriate to the distinct needs of that living community and availability of faculty resources. In 1991, the Counseling Center returned to Peabody Hall. By this time, Peabody Hall was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and was newly renovated to accommodate various Student Affairs units as part of the long-planned and eagerly awaited Criser-Peabody Student Services complex. By the time of the move, the Counseling Center had outgrown the Little Hall space; some offices had to be shared; and group meeting rooms had become insufficient. Following the move, the Counseling Center staff enjoyed beautiful offices on the third and fourth floors of Peabody, assuring clients confidential space away from the busy foot traffic on the lower floors. The Counseling Center was conveniently close to the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Financial Affairs, permitting excellent referrals back and forth, and abutted the popular student green space, the Plaza of the Americas, and several library buildings. Offices were outfitted with the latest technology, wired for computers and videotaping. The fourth floor held several large rooms to accommodate the expanded group counseling program so that several group offerings could be offered concurrently. Financially, the Counseling Center budget was largely moved from state funding onto the Student Health Fee. This had a significant impact as it provided more substantial support allowing the Counseling Center to grow and add much needed resources to serve the ever growing student body. The multicultural counseling movement was an important influence for counseling in the 1990s, and several UF Counseling Center faculty were nationally acknowledged leaders. The Counseling Center became known for contributions in this area, which in turn permitted the successful recruitment of new faculty, interns and residents who themselves represented incredible diversity among H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A