Student Mental Health Services
The Counseling Center is committed to creating an anti-racist environment in which students can seek counseling from both BIPOC* and non-BIPOC mental health providers while expecting excellent outcomes. We also strive to ensure that the utilization of service mirrors the demographics of students in the USF population. A reflection on the utilization from the 2019-2020 year reveals that the USF Counseling has been successful at advancing equity in utilization.
How does counseling impact racial and ethnic minorities?
In the Counseling Center’s most recent online satisfaction survey, they find:
- 79% of non-white respondents indicated they would have been unlikely to seek mental health care if they had not used USFCC services.
- 94% reported that they would utilize USFCC services in the future.
- 96% reported that they would recommend USFCC services to a friend.
- 74% reported that they are more likely to continue their education at USF as a result of counseling.
- 78% reported that they are more likely to graduate from USF as a result of counseling!
The USF Counseling Center offers the following programs, which are available for use by students across all three campuses. Please consult their website for the most up-to-date scheduling and program information.
Entre Familia is one of the groups offered in the USF Counseling Center’s robust group counseling program, which is specifically offered to our LatinX** clients to give them a safe space to discuss concerns that may be particularly salient to student members’ identities as members of the LatinX population on campus (e.g., acculturation issues, differences within the LatinX population, identity development concerns, inter-generational concerns, immigration concerns, etc.).
The program was piloted by Dr. Darleen Gracia in 2018 and has been offered continuously since that time. It has been facilitated by different staff members and may be co-facilitated by graduate student trainees, doctoral interns or postdoctoral fellows who also identify as LatinX.
- Mondays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. via telehealth
- Facilitated by Madeline Colon, MSW, LCSW
USFCC also offers a group for BIPOC students, Our Voices. This group offers BIPOC students a safe and supportive space to experience a sense of community, support, validation and empowerment as they navigate their academic and personal experiences as BIPOC students on a predominantly white campus.
This group has been running continuously for several years and is always facilitated or co-facilitated by providers and/or trainees who identify as BIPOC.
USFCC further offers a supportive space, Let’s Talk, for international students. In the non-remote environment, this space was offered at INTO USF. Dr. Kai Shin (Josephine) Chu has continued to offer this informal consultation (vs. counseling) space virtually to assist international students who may be having difficulties adjusting to the United States, or who may just want to know more about counseling.
- Wednesdays, 12 p.m. via telehealth
contact a USF Counseling Center
An important note on intersectional identities
There are numerous counseling groups that may be beneficial for students who may experience multiple forms of oppression on campus. For example, the LGBTQ+ group may be preferred by BIPOC students who also hold an intersecting LGBTQ+ identity, Empowerment (a group for trauma survivors) may provide a safe space for students to share experiences of oppression-based trauma, and several of the skill-based and/or drop-In workshops (e.g., Mindfulness Meditation; Relaxed Mind, Calm Body, Magic of the Middle Path) will offer students the opportunity to learn skills that enhance their personal and academic success. Please consult the Counseling Center website for more information on programming, and contact the USFCC team with additional questions.
The text and information included here was provided courtesy of Dr. Lisa Ferdinand.
* BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, People of Color
**LatinX: a gender-neutral form that is used to describe individuals of Latin American heritage, culture, or identity in the United States.