ERIC Number: ED454461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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Key Stakeholder Perceptions of the Role and Functions of College Counseling Centers.
DeStefano, Thomas J.; Petersen, Jerry; Skwerer, Lory; Bickel, Sarah
Counseling centers from 87 four-year colleges and universities completed the College Counseling Center Role and Function Survey (CCRF). This survey is designed to measure agreement and disagreement, and rank 14 functions of a university counseling center in order of importance. Participants were asked to identify their top five responsibilities. The provision of direct personal counseling and crisis intervention services to students was recognized as the most important function. The development of services for students from diverse cultures and racial backgrounds was also perceived as a primary function. Vocational counseling, counseling staff on student retention efforts, and training graduate students in counseling were perceived as having secondary importance. Differences were noted between large and small institutions and their perceived responsibilities. Several limitations of the study were noted including only 54% of the institutions contacted participated in the study. The study found that counseling for developmental and adjustment problems was perceived as more important than counseling for mental health problems. The significance of this is discussed in terms of the implications for counselor practice. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Seattle, WA, March 17-21, 2001).