University of Maryland Counseling Center

Counseling Center Goals

I. Remediation/Rehabilitation for Individuals with Problems: The bulk of our individual and group counseling activities spans emotional-social and educational-career concerns, learning skills problems, and difficulties with disability access. This goal is concerned with the provision of services that enable students to overcome learning blocks, anxieties, confusion or indecision which, if left unattended, would inhibit learning and personal development.

II. Promoting Psychological Development Through Outreach and Prevention: This goal focuses on well-being and prevention. It calls for fostering the psycho-social and educational-career identity development of individuals and groups. Portions of our consultation, counseling, and educational skills development activities serve this goal as do our classroom demonstrations offered at the request of faculty members.

III. Development and Implementation of Non-traditional Modes: This goal entails creating an increasing array of new treatment modes that offer delivery of services more promptly and to a wider proportion of the campus community. These services are provided through such channels as the InforM Computer System, articles in the campus daily newspaper, public service announcements over the campus radio station, and distribution of pertinent mental health information through our home page Web site. This goal also involves developing means of determining and evaluating the effects of these non-traditional modes.

IV. Provision of Campus Consultation: The purpose of consultation is to enable those with whom we consult to be more informed and better equipped to resolve issues of concern to them, such as organizational development, disability access, and psychological well-being. This goal involves our formal consultation as well as informal interactions with individuals and groups on campus, including student organizations, faculty, academic departments, Residence Life, and other administrative units.

V. Development of New Personnel Sources: This goal involves developing new sources of personnel for the delivery of services and programs provided by the Center. Sources of personnel include:

  1. faculty from the College of Education as well as the departments of Psychology; Mathematics and English who qualify as Center Associates
  2. spouses of University faculty and staff members
  3. retirees
  4. high school counselors
  5. students in peer roles
University faculty and staff members who assist regular Counseling Center staff members in our different divisions can apply for Counseling Center Associate status, or join our Volunteer Professionals Corps.

VI. Development and Implementation of Accountability and Evaluation Procedures: This goal entails developing systematic means to describe and evaluate the results of the Center's activities, services and programs, including traditional and non-traditional modes of intervention and treatment.

VII. Improvement of Campus Ecology: This goal calls for the utilization of our collective skills and experience to identify and strive to ameliorate those environmental characteristics of the campus that frustrate rather than facilitate student learning and development, including barrier and accessibility issues. As such, this goal emphasizes prevention and remediation of individual-environmental problems as well as recognition of environmental characteristics that contribute to positive qualities of campus life.

VIII. Provision of Instruction, Training and Supervision: This goal addresses our responsibility for contributing to undergraduate and graduate education on campus. This contribution takes many forms, including teaching undergraduate and, particularly, graduate courses by our department-affiliated staff members; advising graduate students, maintaining our APA accredited internship program; using the Counseling Center as an on-campus practicum facility for the departments of Counseling and Personnel Services and Psychology; and supervising students selected for Counseling Center graduate assistantships.

IX. Extension of Research Knowledge: The Counseling Center is committed to a broad-ranging program of systematic data gathering and research studies yielding findings that advance knowledge of students and their development, counseling processes and their outcomes, and campus policies and practices. Results should contribute to campus planning, decision-making, and change as well as to knowledge of behavioral scientists, educators and other student affairs specialists.

X. Maintenance of the Center's Administrative and Professional Development Functions: This goal involves the administrative functions that serve to develop and maintain the Center's diverse activities. It is committed to fostering the professional development of individual staff members and encouraging their continued contributions to both the campus and broader community.

XI. Development and Implementation of Support Services for Students with Disabilities: This goal involves providing specific support services for disabled students to ensure that they will have equal access to University programs, services and facilities.

XII. Provision of Off-Campus Professional Services: Both our formal and informal interactions with outside individuals, groups, institutions and professional organizations are the focus of this goal. The nature of these interactions includes consultation, counseling, mediation, testing and instruction. In priority, it is secondary to our primary goals which focus on the campus community.