Responding to Increased Demand for Counseling Services

Topics: Mental Health and Counseling, Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do other institutions minimize wait times for students seeking assistance from counseling centers?
  • What successes and drawbacks have been observed with treating students in a group setting?
  • How do centers determine if students should receive treatment in-house or from outside providers in the local community?

Summary

As demand for student counseling center services continue to grow (and available resources may continue to shrink), institutions are tasked with developing innovative approaches to responding to students’ mental health needs. This brief outlines four public institutions’ intake and scheduling policies, approaches to group therapy, and strategies for referring students to outside service providers in the surrounding community.

 

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