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ERIC Number: EJ837105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8225
The Development of a Psychotherapy Service at Amherst College
May, Robert R.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v22 n3 p13-49 May 2008
This description of counseling and psychotherapy services at Amherst College begins with our heritage from the "mental hygiene" movement of the nineteenth century, the founding of the first university mental health services and the later development of a counseling center tradition. By tracing the evolution at Amherst, from a brief counseling and assessment office to a psychotherapy service, I hope to illustrate and discuss the factors which support a psychotherapy service, as opposed to other models such as a counseling and assessment service or a triage and referral service. Important questions include staffing, time limits, administrative involvement, the institutional context, acknowledging the proper limits of our authority, the need to be aware of how our values may influence our judgments, and resisting the pressures to reduce or streamline our services. I argue for the value of providing a therapeutic space for college students. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts