Mission and Values of the Counseling Center
In support of the University of Kentucky’s mission, The Counseling Center provides academic, career, and personal counseling, outreach programs, consultation, training and community service to help all students succeed academically, develop and make progress toward life goals, and be productive members of the University and society.
The Counseling Center is grounded in the concern for the student learner as a unique, whole person. Psychological and interpersonal skills enhancement occur not only in the counseling sessions themselves but also in the academic, social, cultural, and recreational environments that encompass the campus community. The UKCC recognizes the value of collaboration with members of the university community in order to achieve our goals and to help these services and members achieve their goals.
Some of our core values include:
- Personal integrity and ethical decision-making
- Personal growth and development
- Academic excellence and freedom
- Appreciation of diversity
- A sense of community
- Development of independence and maturity
- A healthy, balanced, and satisfying lifestyle
- Mutually respectful interpersonal relationships
- Enhancement of healthy coping skills, resilience, and effective decision-making
- Acceptance of responsibility for behaviors
- Management of stress and anxiety
- Enhancement of self-esteem and self-confidence
- Achievement of academic, career, and life goals
- Reduction of social stigma surrounding use of counseling services and mental health support
University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services strives to embrace the diversity found in all its forms in our campus community. Each staff member is committed to providing assistance that is culturally-sensitive and affirming to our diverse clientele, which includes students of color, international students, sexual/gender-minority (LGBTQ) students, veterans, students with disabilities, and students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, of all ages, and with varying religious/spiritual beliefs. We take a stance against discrimination and oppression in any form, and to this end, we strive to create an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be openly shared and explored.
Training Philosophy and Model
The Training Program utilizes an Experiential-Developmental-Apprenticeship model and philosophy congruent with the overall mission and values of the Counseling Center. This model views the doctoral intern as an emerging professional seeking to integrate knowledge, skills, and experiential training in their journey from student to new professional psychologist. The internship builds on the experiences the trainee brings from her or his previous graduate coursework, practica, research and other professional applied experiences. The Center’s goal is for the internship to provide a training experience that facilitates the intern’s consolidation of professional identity and emergence as a culturally sensitive, clinically skilled, and ethically grounded psychologist. The model focuses on the developmental nature of intern growth, the importance of mentoring, emphasis on experiential learning, and the integration of scholarly work into practice. An essential component of the UKCC philosophy of training is to prepare the interns to integrate scholarly knowledge, research findings, and critical thinking into clinical practice and decision-making. We encourage the consumption of scholarly research as well as consultation with supervisors and peers during internship and while moving toward independent licensure.
Policy about Ethical Standards regarding Self-Disclosure by Trainees and Supervisees
In accordance with the APA Ethical Standard 7.04, UKCC does not "require students or supervisees to disclose personal information in course- or program-related activities, either orally or in writing, regarding sexual history, history of abuse and neglect, psychological treatment, and relationships with parents, peers, and spouses or significant others except if (1) the program or training facility has clearly identified this requirement in its admissions and program materials or (2) the information is necessary to evaluate or obtain assistance for students whose personal problems could reasonably be judged to be preventing them from performing their training- or professionally related activities in a competent manner or posing a threat to the students or others."
The UKCC does not require interns to disclose personal information as defined above by the APA.
The counseling center and training program culture is one in which staff and interns typically reflect on their personal responses as is congruent with personal and professional growth with the ultimate goal of better serving clients. These responses and reflections may come from countertransference, resistances to exploring new theoretical orientations and techniques, or from other issues that might arise in the normal development of professional skills and/or professional identity. The UKCC training program works to create an environment of trust and support with colleagues and supervisors who can facilitate safe explorations. We value openness to constructive feedback and offer a good fit for interns who share that value.