Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Brooke Whisenhunt

Keywords

mental health, college counseling center, screening, graduate training, online screening

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology

Abstract

Objectives: A universal mental health screening program for undergraduate students was implemented using graduate student clinicians and online interviewing tools. Participants: Participants included 455 undergraduate students at a large Midwestern University enrolled in introductory psychology. Methods: Participants in the experimental group first completed an in-class self-report mental health screening questionnaire. Based on subscale elevations, students scoring in an “at risk” range on any subscale were invited to participate in individual online follow-up interviews to assess risk level and provide referral information. Results: Results demonstrated that a majority of undergraduate students scored in an at-risk range on at least one subscale on a mental health screening questionnaire, and follow-up interviews were successfully conducted for 40% of students with elevations. Perceptions of campus mental health priorities improved over a three-month period from the time of the initial screening. Conclusions: Universal campus mental health screening was successfully implemented using graduate student clinicians resulting in a large number of referrals for mental health treatment and improved perceptions of mental health treatment on campus.

Copyright

© Flora-Jean M. Forbes

Open Access

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