Counseling Services offers problem assessment and short-term personal counseling for currently-enrolled UNO students. Short-term treatment can be defined as time-limited counseling with a clear focus, specific treatment goals and measurable outcomes. When a student presents at Counseling Services with mental health concerns, counselors discuss the student's present concerns and conduct a full mental health assessment in order to determine appropriate treatment recommendations. Counseling Services staff are trained to distinguish between concerns which can be addressed in short-term treatment and those which warrant longer-term or specialized care. When longer-term or specialized treatment is warranted, Counseling Services staff can provide students with referrals for appropriate services. When short-term treatment is deemed appropriate, measurable treatment goals are established and sessions are scheduled, typically on a weekly basis. Sessions last approximately fifty minutes. While Counseling Services does not set a specific session limit, treatment is time-limited. Actual treatment length varies depending on the nature of the client's concerns and treatment goals.
Examples of situations and concerns which may warrant a referral:
- when a student desires ongoing counseling without session limits
- when psychiatric assessment and/or medication management is/are warranted/needed
- when long-standing, chronic mental health concerns are present
- when ADHD and/or other psychological testing is needed
- when a student desires psychological testing and/or formal diagnosis to document a disability
- when a student desires psychological testing and/or formal diagnosis for employment or legal purposes
- when potentially problematic use of alcohol and/or other drugs is present
- when alcohol and/or other drug use confounds diagnosis and/or decisions regarding treatment
- when assessment and/or counseling is mandated by a court of law
Fees for Services
There is no charge for individual or group counseling at UNO Counseling Services. There is a $35 flat fee for career testing to cover the costs of the assessment.
Career Testing and Counseling
Individual career testing and counseling is available to currently-enrolled UNO students. The goal of career counseling is to help the student make decisions about career directions based on in-depth assessment and exploration of the student's personal, professional and lifestyle priorities, skills and interests, and personality traits. This is accomplished through one-on-one interviews, values and priorities exploration exercises and the use of the following assessments:
Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)
The CISS is used by counselors and human resource professionals in a variety of settings to explore new avenues in career development. With the CISS, clients learn how their self-reported interests and skill levels compare to those of individuals who are happily and successfully employed in a variety of occupations. The CISS feedback report provides a list of possible occupations and fields of study matching the client's interest and skill patterns.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The most widely used personality inventory in the world, the MBTI provides an accurate picture of a person’s personality type based on preferences on four axes: Extraversion–Introversion, Sensing–Intuition, Thinking–Feeling and Judging–Perceiving. Combinations of these preferences result in 16 distinct personality types. The MBTI results report provides detailed information about how a person's type might impact the process of career selection, interview behaviors and overall career development. The report also provides an extensive list of majors and possible careers matching the person's type.