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University Counseling Centers

University counseling centers (UCCs) were created as a part of the educational guidance movement in the United States during the 1930s. Counseling centers historically addressed the needs of a relatively healthy population of students who might be coping with difficulties such as being away from home or developmentally normative questions about identity. They played many roles and are often perceived as community partners in terms of offering outreach and consultation to campus partners such as the dean of students, academic affairs, campus police, residence life, student affairs, and health services. This entry focuses on the modern role of UCCs in providing mental health care for students who may be at risk for suicide and students with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or substance abuse problems.

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