The mission of the Counseling Office is to provide developmental, remedial and preventive counseling services for all students, and to provide guidance, education and support for students with special needs.
To achieve its mission, the Counseling Office supports the following principles:
- To enhance students’ intellectual, emotional and mental development and growth.
- To support students' efforts in developing meaningful values and personal goals.
- To encourage students to function responsibly within society’s framework.
- To assist students in leadership development.
- To increase students’ recognition of the multidimensional nature of diversity and its enrichment of the collegiate experience.
- To prepare students to react to personal crises effectively.
- To improve the educational development of students with disabilities and to enhance understanding and support within the campus community.
- To oversee the career development program.
- To adhere to the Standards of Professional Practice as presented by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Counseling Services are available to address student needs in career, academic, social, and/or personal areas through information services, group workshops or seminars, and individual counseling.
The Counselor also maintains a list of community resources
and occasionally refers individuals to outside agencies for assistance. A Florida licensed mental health professional is available at both campuses, and office hours are posted. Walk-in services are available, but appointments are recommended. Services are free to Hodges University students. Students may schedule a confidential counseling appointment directly with the Counselor by telephone or e-mail. Voice mail is also available and student requests receive a prompt response.
The University promotes the concept of mentoring as a valuable resource for student success. HU students have the opportunity of participating in the mentor program by contacting the Dean of Students
who will facilitate a "mentor/mentee" match with an Hodges University administrator, faculty member, alumni, upper classmate, or staff advisor. Details of the mentor program will be discussed with the Dean of Students upon student application and interview.
Crisis intervention: Hodges University also offers crisis intervention services for students. The approach used is temporary relief for an emergency situation as presented by a student in distress. The focus of crisis intervention is symptom-oriented, to assist students to deal with short-term stressful situations requiring immediate therapeutic attention. The Counselor's primary goal is to return the student to his/her previous level of functioning by emphasizing the student's strengths, providing effective coping skills, reducing anxiety, improving self-esteem, teaching problem solving skills, and helping the student develop ways to overcome specific problems or developmental blocks. The aim is not to 'cure' the student but to provide time-limited assistance in order to restore the student's emotional equilibrium. On those occasions where more intensified, long-term assistance is necessary, the HU Counselor will communicate with community outreach programs and assist in coordinating the appropriate referral.