Each of us will occasionally have concerns that bring about questions and conflicts. Some of these may cause us emotional stress or make it difficult to function as well as we would like. Reasons to seek counseling include, but are not limited to:
Information shared with a counselor will not be disclosed to anyone outside the Center without your written permission first, except when:
Each semester the Counseling Center offers a wide variety of opportunities to enhance your college experience through working with others in a group. Knowledgeable therapists facilitate the group experience by creating an atmosphere of safety and respect that is conducive to learning and personal growth. Each semester, group programs that cover topics relevant to your success as a college student will be offered.
For further information go to Groups.
The Counseling Center does not regularly prescribe any scheduled drugs (e.g. Benzodiazepines, Stimulants Sedatives, or Sedative-Hypnotics). These are medications that have a high potential for abuse recreationally, and dependency both physically and psychologically. Additionally, In order to provide psychiatric services to
students who have been identified with ADD/ADHD , we have established the
All new and first-time Counseling Center clients requesting a SAP
Appeal letter must complete at least a screening and
counseling appointments, such as individual counseling, group therapy,
medication management, or assessment, before a counselor will write them a letter.
If you are a current client, or a previous client, you may obtain a SAP appeal letter by contacting our center and making a request for a letter. The Counseling Center asks that you provide us three (3) business days to complete your letter. Additionally, our counselors will only be able to speak to the circumstances you experienced during the time frame that you were an established client at the center.
UNF Counseling Center policy is that we do not issue letters of support for
emotional support animals. This includes, prescriptions for an emotional
support animal and assessments for the purpose of determining disability and
the need for a service animal as an accommodation. However, we will be happy to assist you with referrals for
providers in the community that may be able to assist you.
UNF Department of Housing and Residence Life Policy
The policy states:
"For purpose of information for residential students at the University of North Florida, A Service Animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform a task(s) for a person with a disability. Examples of such work or tasks including guiding a student who is blind, alerting a student who is deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a student who is having a seizure, reminding a student with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a student with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Services Animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a Service Animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the student's disability.
A dog or other animal whose function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as a Service Animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A Service Animal may not reside in University Housing without prior written approval by the Department of Housing and Residence Life."
For questions regarding disability documentation, please contact the UNF Disability Resource Center (DRC) by calling (904) 620-2769.
The Center offers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a psychological instrument for personality testing. This is available for individual, classroom or small group interpretations. A nominal fee is charged for scoring.
Based on the assessment, individuals will receive a four letter "type" designation and explanation of their personality type. The MBTI is most commonly used to increase people's understanding of:
The Counseling Center conducts seminars, workshops and presentations for student groups, classes, residence halls and other departments on campus on a variety of mental health related topics. Some of these include stress management, dating relationships, eating issues, international student support, body image issues and drug and alcohol concerns. If you or your department would like to request an outreach presentation, contact: Liza Provenzano, Coordinator of Outreach and Consultation at (904) 620-2602.
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