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College Student Mental Health Counseling

SKU# 9780826199713

A Developmental Approach


  • Suzanne Degges-White PhD, LMHC, LPC, NCC
  • Christine Borzumato-Gainey PhD, LPC
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Using a unique developmental focus, this clinical handbook provides college counseling professionals and trainees with strategies for addressing the most pressing and frequently encountered issues presented by college students. These problems are considered from the perspective of biological, psychological, and social development and include issues faced by the student population according to both college year (freshman, senior, etc.) and the academic calendar, such as spring and winter breaks and exam periods. The text also addresses the particular needs of non-traditional students and the impact of cultural identity on the way in which a disorder manifests or is best treated.

The only text to focus on both the developmental and clinical concerns of contemporary college students, it provides detailed information on such prevalent presenting issues as major depressive disorder, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction, eating disorders, grief, self-injury, social adjustment concerns, and intimate relationships. The text examines how a disorder usually presents and manifests in college students, addressing the role of gender, cultural identify, and age. It provides best practice treatment strategies that take into account the time-limited nature of treatment in most college counseling centers, and discusses the use of individual and group counseling. The text also addresses such issues as crisis management, teaming up with faculty and staff to develop preventive care programming, and developing alliances with parents. Case studies and descriptions of symptom presentation are derived from composites of students treated by the authors. College Student Clinical Mental Health Counseling will be useful as both a text and a "go-to" reference for counselors to use when working with students.

Key Features:

  • Offers a developmental approach for understanding the psychological, emotional, and social development of students in higher education
  • Addresses the most pressing and frequently encountered difficulties of college students with relevant treatment models
  • Focuses on specific difficulties that may occur during different academic years and according to the standard academic calendar
  • Covers depressive disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-injury, grief, social adjustment concerns, and intimate relationships
  • Provides intervention strategies that adhere to the brief counseling framework of most college settings

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 27, 2013
  • Page Count 384
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199713
  • EISBN 9780826199720

Table of Contents 




Section I: Developmental Issues

1 The Myriad Faces of College Student Development

Katherine Hermann, Esther Benoit, Amy Zavadil, and Leslie Kooyman

2 Counseling CONCERNS over the College academic year

Joshua Magruder and Suzanne Degges-White

3 college Underclassmen: Making the Transition

Wendy Killam

4 College Upperclassmen: PREPARING TO LAUNCH

Multilayered Transitions and Stressors

Katherine Hermann and Esther Benoit

Section II: social, cultural, and relational challenges on campus

5 Understanding Diverse Populations on THE COLLEGE Campus

Amy Zavadil and Leslie Kooyman

6 social involvement: HELPING STUDENTS find THEIR place IN CAMPUS LIFE

Nathan R. Booth, Sterling P. Travis, Christine Borzumato-Gainey, Suzanne Degges-White

7 The Journey of Grief and Loss for College students: cLINICAL interventions

Christine Borzumato-Gainey and Elise Noyes

8 The “Beauty Pageant Effect” ON CAMPUS: Consequences and Clinical Implications

Meghan Reppert, Catherine Roland, and Marcela Kepicova


Rebecca E. Michel and Nicole M. Randick

10 Counseling College Students About Sexuality and Sexual Activity

Carrie V. Smith, Emily Franklin, Christine Borzumato-Gainey, and Suzanne Degges-White

Section III: Clinical Issues in a College Setting

11 UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING Eating Disorders with College students

Caroline S. Booth and Gregory Phipps

12 Substance Abuse and Dependence Treatment IN THE COLLEGE SETTING

Edward F. Hudspeth and Kimberly Matthews

13 Depression in College Students: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Campus Planning

Stephanie C. Bell, Susan R. Barclay, and Kevin B. Stoltz

14 anxiety disorders and treatment strategies for College Students

Tony Michael

15 Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and treatment strategies for college students

Ian Turnage-Butterbaugh

16 suicidal college students: intervention strategies

Kevin B. Stoltz, Laura M. Schulenberg, and Jeane B. Lee

17 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Treatment Strategies for college students

Kattrina Miller-Roach and Ricardo Phipps

18 Impulse-Control Disorders and interventions for College Students

Edward F. Hudspeth and Kimberly Matthews

19 Promoting Student Wellbeing on campus: It Takes a Village

Lori A. Wolff, Susan R. Barclay, and Megan M. Buning

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In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, Springer Publishing Company is recognizing the importance of LGBT acceptance and equality on college campuses. The following article is adapted from College Student Mental Health Counseling by Suzanne Degges-White and Christine Borzumato-Gainey.  ... Read More