Academic journal article Journal of College Counseling

The Wide Reach of College Counseling

Academic journal article Journal of College Counseling

The Wide Reach of College Counseling

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The professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other college counseling professionals working in counseling centers, mental health centers, and health centers on 2- and 4-year college and university campuses support their institutions' missions by "helping students work through psychological and emotional issues that may affect their academic success and personal development" (Dungy, 2003, p. 345). The reach of college counseling professionals is wide: it covers students' adjustments, wellness, coping, and decision making, as well as their mental health needs and help seeking. The articles appearing in this issue of the Journal of College Counseling (JCC) explore several of these student needs and help inform and illustrate effective college counseling practices.

In Research, Kim A. Weikel and her colleagues examine the roles of overt and covert narcissism in college students' interpersonal problems, emotional distress, academic concerns, and other adjustment difficulties. These authors add to a robust literature exploring the importance of narcissism in the college counseling context. In the second research article, Todd F. Lewis and Jane E. Myers apply a well-established wellness model to a perennial college counseling issue: problematic student alcohol use. They report on several relationships between wellness factors and the intensity and consequences of student drinking. In the next research article, Alberta M. Gloria and her colleagues assess whether cultural orientation, cultural fit, and other factors influence Latina students' help-seeking attitudes. …

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