Counseling Services offers problem assessment and short-term personal counseling for currently-enrolled UNO students. Short-term treatment can be defined as time-limited counseling with a clear focus, specific treatment goals and measurable outcomes. When a student presents at Counseling Services with mental health concerns, counselors discuss the student's present concerns and conduct a full mental health assessment in order to determine appropriate treatment recommendations. Counseling Services staff are trained to distinguish between concerns which can be addressed in short-term treatment and those which warrant longer-term or specialized care. When longer-term or specialized treatment is warranted, Counseling Services staff can provide students with referrals for appropriate services. When short-term treatment is deemed appropriate, measurable treatment goals are established and sessions are scheduled, typically on a weekly basis. Sessions last approximately fifty minutes. While Counseling Services does not set a specific session limit, treatment is time-limited. Actual treatment length varies depending on the nature of the client's concerns and treatment goals.
Examples of situations and concerns which may warrant a referral:
- when a student desires ongoing counseling without session limits
- when psychiatric assessment and/or medication management is/are warranted/needed
- when long-standing, chronic mental health concerns are present
- when ADHD and/or other psychological testing is needed
- when a student desires psychological testing and/or formal diagnosis to document a disability
- when a student desires psychological testing and/or formal diagnosis for employment or legal purposes
- when potentially problematic use of alcohol and/or other drugs is present
- when alcohol and/or other drug use confounds diagnosis and/or decisions regarding treatment
- when assessment and/or counseling is mandated by a court of law
Fees for Services
There's no charge for the initial assessment. A small fee (determined with your counselor based on your income and a sliding scale) will apply for ongoing counseling. Career testing and counseling is also subject to very reasonable fees. Your counselor will discuss these fees and work with you regarding any financial concerns you may have.
Career Testing and Counseling
Individual career testing and counseling is available to currently-enrolled UNO students. The goal of career counseling is to help the student make decisions about career directions based on in-depth assessment and exploration of the student's personal, professional and lifestyle priorities, skills and interests, and personality traits. This is accomplished through one-on-one interviews, values and priorities exploration exercises and the use of the following assessments:
Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)
The CISS is used by counselors and human resource professionals in a variety of settings to explore new avenues in career development. With the CISS, clients learn how their self-reported interests and skill levels compare to those of individuals who are happily and successfully employed in a variety of occupations. The CISS feedback report provides a list of possible occupations and fields of study matching the client's interest and skill patterns.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The most widely used personality inventory in the world, the MBTI provides an accurate picture of a person’s personality type based on preferences on four axes: Extraversion–Introversion, Sensing–Intuition, Thinking–Feeling and Judging–Perceiving. Combinations of these preferences result in 16 distinct personality types. The MBTI results report provides detailed information about how a person's type might impact the process of career selection, interview behaviors and overall career development. The report also provides an extensive list of majors and possible careers matching the person's type.