ERIC Number: ED221258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Down the Financial Drain: A College Mental Health Program Provided through an On-Campus Psychological Services Center by a Clinical Psychologist and Four Doctoral Psychology Interns Goes "Down the Drain."
Workman, John F.; Kester, Donald L.
Los Angeles Valley College's mental health program provided services at no cost to enrolled students in the areas of crisis counseling, short- and long-term individual treatment, group therapy, consultation, and referral. The program was funded through the college and the associated student body at a cost of $7,500 per year. After several personnel changes, declines in administrative and financial support led to the closure of the program. Prior to its closure, in an effort to save the mental health program, several concerned individuals at the college conducted a survey of 124 students from 5 health classes to assess student needs for mental health counseling. Two assessment instruments were used in the survey: an objective stress survey based on the design of Holmes and Rohe and an open-ended subjective stress survey. Results indicated that personal and social factors outranked academic stress-causing factors in the subjective survey and that only 5 of 24 stressors chosen by students in the objective stress survey were academic in nature. Despite these results, indicating the continuing need for a program dealing mainly with stress-induced counseling needs arising outside the academic area, the program was discontinued. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Los Angeles Valley College CA
Note: Paper presented at the International School Psychology Colloquium held at the University of Stockholm (Stockholm, Sweden, August 1-6, 1982).