Monday, April 25, 2011

Office of Counseling Excellent Practice Leads to Re-Accreditation

After being evaluated by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS) against high standards of counseling practice, Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Office of Counseling Services was re-accredited and found to offer competent and reliable professional services to students.

The approval by IACS depended upon evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence in counseling performance, which traces back to FAMU’s practice of excellence with caring.

“Our ongoing accreditation is due to the professionalism and dedication of the counseling staff in providing a host of services that far exceed what one would expect for an office our size,” said Yolanda Bogan, director of the Office of Counseling Services. “The ongoing collaboration we have with student organizations and departments in student affairs and academic affairs insures that we are responsive to the mental health needs of our students through prevention and treatment efforts.”

The Counseling Office offers individual, group, and couples counseling along with community outreach, emergency, and psychiatric services for FAMU students. Counseling benefits students by assisting them in gaining and improving social and emotional skills that contribute to retention. Counseling allows students to address a variety of concerns in a confidential, professional environment so that they can work toward their goals including college graduation. Learning adaptive ways of coping is a skill that benefits students life-long, contributes to a stronger student body, and enhances the safety of the college environment.

The IACS was established in 1972 to encourage and aid counseling agencies to meet high professional standards through peer evaluation and to inform the public about counseling services that are competent and reliable.

Counseling is free to all FAMU students for up to twelve sessions per semester. Counseling Services is a department within the Division of Student Affairs.

For more information on the FAMU Office of Counseling Services, contact Bogan at 850-599-3745.

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