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ERIC Number: ED454933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Standards of Practice for Psychological Services in California Community Colleges.
This paper, taken directly from the Accreditation Standards for University and College Counseling Centers published in the "Journal of Counseling and Development" (1994), delineates the standards that providers of psychological services in California community colleges must adhere to. Five pertinent areas are discussed: (1) the relationship of psychological services to the college community; (2) the functions of psychological services; (3) the ethical and legal standards of practice; (4) personnel qualifications and duties; and (5) related guidelines. The number and severity of personal problems students bring to campus have increased dramatically over the past 20 years. Traditionally, community colleges have linked psychological services with academic and career concerns. However, it is important to assure the student that psychological services are not linked with administrative decisions. Psychological services should provide three essential functions: treatment, psycho-education, and consultation. To this end, a comprehensive program should provide the following: (1) individual and group counseling; (2) crisis intervention; (3) outreach programming; and (4) consultation. Community college psychological services need to adhere to professional legal and ethical standards, clarifying what these standards are with regard to confidentiality, administration of tests, research practices, records, and other issues. Also, psychological personnel should be given rights and privileges consistent with community college faculty. (NB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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