University Counseling Centers
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Universities established counseling centers in the United States in response to the in«ux of soldiers returning from World War II. ose returning from deployment had the opportunity to engage in career counseling for readmission into the workforce or psychological counseling for better adjustment to college. Since that time, counseling centers at universities have become commonplace and remain a central point for mental health, as well as career services at university campuses throughout the United States and expanding across the globe. North American and British studies report that over the past decade the issues for which university students have sought counseling have become more complex and students are presenting to colleges with more severe and prevalent mental health issues (Adlaf, Glicksman, Demers, & Newton-Taylor, 2001; Heads of University Counselling Services [HUCS], 2002). Perhaps students see university counseling centers as more accessible than o¬-campus mental health services, and therefore counseling centers are seeing an increase in demand (Benton, Robertson, Tseng, Newton, & Benton, 2003). Some argue that mental health concerns are on the rise, while others argue that those with chronic mental health issues are more likely to enter universities than they had in years past given the advances in mental health treatment. Still, some might suggest that the stigma to seek counseling is less, and therefore students are seeking counseling in greater numbers. Although it is unclear why the demand for counseling services is higher, university counseling centers o‹en serve to facilitate the educational, career, and psychological development of students.