History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 60

60 The Mission of the Counseling and Wellness Center at the University of Florida is to facilitate the total development of students by reducing psychological problems and distress and by enhancing mental health, well-being, quality of life, and optimal functioning, through the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive services to UF students and the larger campus community. Our primary focus is on providing brief, confidential counseling aimed a t helping students succeed academically and interpersonally. Counseling and Wellness Center data collected since the 1960s indicates considerable consistency in the most frequent concerns presented by UF student clients: depression and loneliness; stress and anxiety; relationship issues; career, major choice and future goals; and academic progress. However, nationwide trends today reflect a college student client population that is presenting with increased severity of concerns. Compared to the 1931 Bureau of Vocational Guidance and Mental Hygiene, there is less testing and more individual, couples and group counseling; campus outreach; crisis intervention; and trauma response. New technology is embraced and harnessed to expand accessibility and services to the growing campus and virtual campus communities. In evidence based programs, technology is used as an adjunct to counseling or as part of self-paced, interactive interventions. The webpage has become an important and integral resource for imparting information about the CWC, for supporting student wellbeing, and for assisting students in how to seek help. Proactive outreach programs include prevention and health promotion activities. Extensive consultation occurs with faculty, staff, administrators, parents, students, and student groups. Counseling and Wellness Center faculty have primary responsibility in mental health service delivery. Their work is enhanced by other activities including professional training, teaching, research, scholarly writing, and professional organization leadership roles at the local, national, and international levels that befit a counseling center located at a Research 1 university. CWC staff work collaboratively with faculty, staff and administrators, campus departments and student organizations to best serve UF students. Staff is committed to infusing multicultural sensitivity in all aspects of programs, with multicultural defined in the broadest, most inclusive way. The CWC faculty address present day problems while recognizing the importance of the past and the future in shaping choices. Working as change agents, faculty H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A