Title: Student affairs update
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Title: Student affairs update
Series Title: Student affairs update
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Language: English
Creator: Divison of Student Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida Division of Student Affairs
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: February 2007
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Division of Student Affairs


Division of Student Affairs
155 Tigert Hall
PO Box 113250
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-3250

Student Affairs Update


The Internet as a Resource for Students

Students increasingly use the Internet to enhance their personal and academic
development. They correspond with family and friends, engage in research
through online libraries, fulfill course requirements, and communicate with
faculty and classroom peers. Several popular Internet sites provide students
a means for socializing and participating in virtual communities. According to
the Facebook.Com website launched in 2004, there are 13 million users over
40,000 regional, workplace, college and high school settings.

The Internet as Outreach
To keep abreast of these developments, the Center's website has evolved
into a significant means of outreach and education. Information is regularly
provided regarding Counseling Center programs and access. Communication
with students, faculty, staff and parents has been greatly enhanced. Online
resources for self-enrichment include the Center's theme centered brochure
series, special topic materials, and links to other educational sites. Since its
inception in 1994, significant increases in requests at the Center's website have
occurred annually. Analysis for the past academic year indicates the Center's
website pages were accessed 1,695,274 times. Requests originated from all 50
states, the District of Columbia and 144 countries. Table 1 shows requests by
semester for 2005 06, reflecting the change in enrollment by semester.

Table 1 Semester Web Requests
2005 2006

Total Number
of Requests

Contact information for this publication:

Counseling Center
301 Peabody Hall
PO Box 114100
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-4100
www.counsel. ufl.edu

*This publication is available in
alternative print format upon request.


Fall 2005 Spring 2006 Summer 2006


Virtual Self-Help Brochures

Self-help materials are the most accessed resources. All Counseling Center
psychoeducational publications can be found in virtual form, providing much
greater dissemination of information at a reduced cost. The information within

Top Ten Most Requested
Self-Help Brochures AY 2005-06

Title Brochures Accessed
1. Time Management 71,977
2. How to Deal wlLoneliness 58,273
3. Hndlg. Com. Relationship Probs. 38,822
4. Bldg. Self-EsteemlConfidence 32,508
5. Test Anxiety 31,756
6. Relaxation Exercise 29,929
7. Dealing wlAnger 23,027
8. Stress and College Students 22,222
9. Dig. wlAlcoholic Family/Friend 20,967
10. Male Sex Role: Changes/Stressors 17,379
Other Titles Combined (42) 214,285
Total Request for Brochures 561,145

the brochures often provides a foundation for students to understand their well being and a linkage for seeking
personal consultation. The chart on the front page lists the 10 most requested brochure titles of the 42 available. By
far the most popular topic is Time Management followed closely by How to Deal with Loneliness. The top 10 topics
mirror many of the concerns of students who actually come to the Counseling Center seeking help. To meet the
needs of an increasingly diverse constituency, the Center has translated some brochures into alternative language
formats with more translations planned.

Mental Health Screening Programs
A recent addition to our website is a free and anonymous online mental health screening program where users may
find out in a few minutes whether or not a problem exists and if professional consultation may be indicated. The
Center uses programs developed for college populations by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. The online screening
provides a form of outreach to students with mental health concerns. It permits easy access to psychoeducational
and referral information for those with psychological problems as well as those who are worried about a friend or
family member. The screening areas include Eating Disorders, Alcohol Problems, Generalized Anxiety Disorder,
Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Figure 1 shows that 633 screens were taken
during the six month period beginning January
2006, with Depression and Anxiety being the
most frequently accessed. In all areas except
Alcohol, the majority of responders were women;
for Eating Disorders, 90% were women. It is
of interest to note that in all areas but Bipolar,
the majority of those screened showed were
considered likely or very likely to have a problem
(56% Eating Disorders, 79% Anxiety, 60% PTSD,
63% Alcohol at harmful or dependent levels, and
84% Depression).

Figure 1 Online Screening 2006

Stress Disorder 5%


Generalized Anxiety
Disorder 27%


Bipolar Disorder


The Counseling Center's website continues to evolve to address growing student use of the Internet as a resource
for self-development. Recently, online access to the DISCOVER program was implemented to assist students in
computerized, web-based career exploration. The Center's next project is to develop online exercises for stress
management and relaxation that can be downloaded to mobile playback devices. Please visit the Counseling Center
online at www.counsel.ufl.edu.

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