About Counseling Services
UNO Counseling Services is an accredited university counseling center and maintains
the highest level of standards as set forth by the International Association of Counseling
Services, Inc. (IACS) and held by the Association of University and College Counseling
Center Directors (AUCCD).
UNO Counseling Services attempts to meet the needs of UNO students in regard to their
individual personal development. Every student who comes to the university faces decisions
and makes changes. With these changes occasionally come social or emotional concerns
that generate conflicts and questions which make it difficult to function to one's
full potential. Concerns about interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, feelings
of inadequacy, loneliness, sexual identity and orientation, academics, career choice,
and mental illness are difficulties that any individual may encounter. The primary
function of Counseling Services is to assist students with these difficulties in a
professional, unbiased, objective way to promote personal growth in self-awareness,
self-management, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.
In addition to its focus on the individual student, Counseling Services provides consultation
and educational support for academic departments and student services within the University
and offers specialized professional training for graduate students in counseling and
other behavioral health professions. Counseling Services' collaborative relationship
with behavioral health graduate programs in colleges and universities throughout the
local and regional area supports the University's mission and goals to further community
partnerships in education, as well as support opportunities for career and community
Counseling Services professional staff are experienced in the assessment and treatment
of mental health concerns common among university students. Graduate students from
regional universities enrolled in various behavioral disciplines also provide services
through Counseling Services under the supervision of the licensed professional staff.
COUNSELING SERVICES STAFF
All counseling services are confidential to the limits provided by law, and no information
can be released to anyone within or outside of the University without a client's written
consent. The staff adheres to the ethical guidelines of the professional associations
to which they belong.
Provision of Services to Minor Students
Written consent from the legal guardians of enrolled minor students wishing to seek
treatment at UNO Counseling Services must be obtained prior to the start of treatment.
If a guardian is unable to come to UNOCS in person to provide this written permission,
an original notarized guardian signature on the UNOCS Minor Consent form will be accepted.
In addition, both minor students and their guardians should be aware that any material
obtained from a minor client may be shared with that student's parents or guardians
until that student turns 18. Once the student turns 18, attendance and treatment
information are private and such requests for information will no longer be honored.
Please note that UNO Counseling Services is unable to provide services to minor students
who are not U.S. citizens. Please also note that if a minor student is suicidal or
homicidal, UNO Counseling Services will see any student seeking such emergency help
regardless of age, and will provide assistance on an emergency basis in finding appropriate
mental health resources.
Scope of Services
The UNO Counseling Services’ primary purpose is to improve students’ ability to learn
and strengthen their overall success both academically and socially during their college
career. The Counseling Services staff believes that good mental health is the cornerstone
of personal, academic, and career success. Therefore, our vision is to deliver quality
mental health services that will facilitate personal growth and wellbeing in order
to promote student engagement and overall academic success.
The UNO Counseling Services strives to create an environment that fosters student
growth, development, and psychological well-being through education, awareness programs,
and direct clinical services. The number of sessions is determined by clinical need, as defined by the clinician
but is short term in nature. For those individuals who need more than brief individual therapy, our staff can
help coordinate referrals to outside resources when longer-term or more intense individual
therapy is required.
All currently enrolled students seeking services will receive an initial appointment
for assessment. The initial assessment is sometimes extended to additional appointments
to determine the appropriateness of UNOCS services. There is no charge for the assessment.
After the assessment is concluded, a decision will be made about whether or not the
needs of the student fall within the role and scope of the UNOCS and recommendations
will be provided. The counselor will either recommend services within UNOCS (for a
sliding scale fee), or provide community referrals and assist students in obtaining
the appropriate services to meet their needs.
Services provided include:
- Facilitation of student adjustment and personal growth through counseling as they
make decisions and assume responsibility for life on a college campus.
- Assisting students in the development of new strategies to resolve problems and to
develop more effective behaviors to cope with life stresses.
- Provision of preventative and educational programs in areas which impact students’
mental health, such as interpersonal communication skills, self-esteem, and relationship
- Provision of career testing, interpretation, and counseling to assist the student
in identifying potential careers that would be a good match for their personal styles,
values, and interests.
- Assisting students with more intensive psychological concerns through supportive counseling,
maintenance or referral.
- Provision of consultation, support and training to faculty and staff who may encounter
students in psychological distress.
Students whose mental health needs cannot be accommodated within a short-term counseling
model are provided with referrals to community resources. Similarly, students whose
needs require a particular type of expertise that is not found in UNOCS are also referred
to outside resources that can better address their mental health needs. UNO Counseling
Services provides referral services either after the initial assessment or as these
factors become more apparent during the course of services. The Counselor can provide
sliding scale referral options, help the student identify mental health providers
that accept their insurance, and assist the student in getting connected with these
outside resources. The Counselor will offer additional assistance in finding resources
Examples of situations for which brief therapy is contraindicated and would be inappropriate
to treat at UNOCS include:
- Students who need medical detoxification
- Indication that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial
- Students who are unable to identify a focus of counseling and/or take ownership and
responsibility for identified concerns
- Students who come to UNOCS primarily because of external pressures, e.g., faculty,
staff, parents, but who provide insufficient evidence of internal motivation necessary
for successful counseling
- Students who are unable or unwilling to provide the necessary information to thoroughly
- Treatment noncompliance, including repeated missed sessions
- Students exhibiting inappropriate, harassing, menacing, threatening or violent behaviors
toward UNOCS staff
- Students presenting with concerns that fall outside staff expertise and/or UNOCS'
mission, including but not limited to court ordered, forensically oriented or mandated
- A desire to be seen more than once a week or for long-term therapy
- Students with a need for more on-going treatment as indicated by:
- History of treatment that is beyond the resources of the UNOCS and evidence that the
need for the previous level of care continues or is likely to be needed from time
- History of multiple hospitalizations
- Chronic suicidality and/or self-injury behaviors; history of repeated suicide attempts
- Students whose behavior is indicative of progressive deterioration requiring intensive
- Manifestations of psychotic symptoms without willingness to remain on medication for
stabilization of symptoms
- Students who need specialized services not available through UNOCS as indicated by:
- Presence of significant drug and/or alcohol problems such substance dependence, primary
substance abuse, and/or past failed treatments
- Presence of significant or long-standing eating disorder, lack of prior treatment
for it, or the presence of eating disorders that may pose a medical danger
- Request for psychological evaluation for attention deficit disorder, employment clearance,
or any other reason
- Request for services to fulfill students' court-mandated assessment or treatment requirements
Students are asked to cancel any appointments 24 hours in advance of missing an appointment.
Failing to do so will result in being charged for the missed session.