Mental health consultation assists university constituents to more clearly perceive, understand and act upon a problematic environmental event or interpersonal circumstance impacting student life. Liaison services are available to University divisions, academic departments, system groups and individual faculty and staff upon request. These services contribute to an effective learning environment by facilitating faculty early intervention with students manifesting emotional and/or behavioral concerns. To request consultation services, please call 974-2831.
Consultation Prevention Services
Prevention services facilitate early identification of environmental stressors which detract from student interpersonal effectiveness and academic achievements. Prevention-focused processes include psycho-educational programming, and referral assistance. The Counseling Center Community Liaison Program was developed in an effort to provide educators with informational resources appropriate to facilitating a course of action for circumstances involving student incidents of disturbance or an unanticipated crises impacting the learning environment. Administrators, faculty and staff are encouraged to invite a liaison representative to committee and department meetings to briefly introduce the Program and its services and to identify prevention and intervention system resources.
- Referring a Student to the Counseling Center
- Recognizing Emotional Distress
- Recognizing Violence Against Others
- Effective Listening/Helping Skills
- Helping Student in Distress: A Faculty and Staff Guide for Assisting Students in Need
Consultation Intervention Services
Consultation-intervention services assist faculty and administrators in determining an appropriate course of action for students expressing violence toward self or others. Intervention-focused processes include environmental risk assessment and referral intervention. In the event of a traumatic or disruptive event impacting a group of community members, consultants are available to assist designated authorities in the reporting of public record information and to prescribe potential impact on the learning environment and referral resources specific to need. In the event of a system-wide mental health alert, the Counseling Center will provide assistance consistent with the recommendations and protocol of the University Emergency Operations Plan and the Division of Student Affairs Emergency Planning and Response Team. If determined necessary, Center professionals will initiate and facilitate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with local community agencies.
- Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention
- Crisis Information & Resources
- Employee Assistance Program
- General Counsel
- Human Resources
- Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Students of Concern Assistance Team (SOCAT)
- Students with Disabilities Services
- Student Health Services
- University Police
- Wellness USF
- Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
- Tampa Area Resources Guide: Community Services
- Tampa Area Resources Guide: Domestic Violence and Stalking
Psychological consultants are legally and ethically prohibited from engaging in a dual-role function: serving in a capacity of advisement to campus officials and serving as providers of clinical treatment. Consultation protocol adheres to the same principles of practice as defined by licensure rules, professional codes of ethics and standards of practice, and state and federal laws, including legal precedents established for incidents involving issues of endangerment.