COUNSELING OPTIONS FOR UNF DISTANCE LEARNERS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF FLORIDA
If you are a UNF Distance Learner currently residing in Florida you can receive individual or group counseling through UNF's Counseling Center via telehealth. If you are a Distance learner located outside of Florida, laws and regulations prohibit professional counselors licensed in one state from providing ongoing counseling services to an individual currently located in another state. UNF counselors are licensed in Florida only.
Please read below for other options available to UNF Distance Learners located in another state, wanting counseling services/support.
- All currently-enrolled UNF students --- including Distance Learners in another state --- have free and unlimited access to the UNF Counseling Center Telephone Counseling Helpline available 24/7. The service, provided through ProtoCall Services, is appropriate for crisis and for general counseling needs.While the "helpline" is not designed as an ongoing counseling/psychotherapy service per se, students can call more than once about the same issue, or later about a new one. A student who calls will likely get a different randomly-assigned master's level or Ph.D. trained professional counselor to speak with each time they call. To access the service, call (904) 620-2602, and follow the recorded instructions.
- To find out more about other services and resources available to Distance Learners visit the UNF Counseling Center website at https://www.unf.edu/counseling-center . There you can access the tabs "Distance Learning", "Self-Help" and "Apps" for helpful information and tools for coping with anxiety, PTSD, deep breathing, mindfulness, and more. There are also free, anonymous self-screenings available for students to learn more about their mental health and if they are experiencing possible symptoms of a mental health condition.
- Students can also go to UNF's CANVAS page at https://canvas.unf.edu/enroll/C67MHP and enroll in the Center's "Mental Health and Wellness" course. This is not an actual course, but instead a page of current Counseling Center information, and self-help/coping tools. Included is the tab "Virtual Relaxation Room". This contains self-help information and helpful apps specifically designed to assist with relaxation, deep breathing, coping with anxiety, muscle relaxation exercises, and more. Students can also view pre-recorded "Life Hacks" psycho-educational workshops covering topics such as "How Thoughts Affect Mood", "Coping with Stress and Anxiety", "Reducing Sadness and Depression", and more.
- Distance Learners interested in finding counseling options that may be available in your area, can go to the online site Psychology Today "Find a Therapist" at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us. This national database provides excellent information about counselors/psychiatrists/group therapy/teletherapy/support groups/and treatment centers in your area that can be searched by city, zip code, or name. Comprehensive detailed listings and descriptions of practices/treatment programs in your area are provided. Students can also contact a local university counseling center to inquire if they can help with a referral. If you are uninsured, ask a referral source or provider if there are any providers/counseling services in the area offering "sliding scale" fees (i.e., reduced fees for services that are based on the individual's income level). Other referral sources may include family and friends in the area, a primary care physician, calling the local United Way referral service at 211, or by searching on the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) website at http://www.nbcc.org/Search/CounselorFind . Most health insurance companies also have a list of preferred providers for mental health and substance abuse services, that can be searched for on the member services website or by calling and speaking with a customer service representative.
- Finally, as always, IF YOU ARE HAVING SERIOUS THOUGHTS OF HARMING YOURSELF OR ANOTHER PERSON, DIAL 911, OR GO IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM FOR ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT.