2017-2018 Student Handbook

Counseling Services

The Office of Counseling Services provides professional counseling services to all students who are experiencing emotional, psychological, relationships, stress, anxiety, PTSD, and other life issues. Services are provided by Florida licensed mental health clinicians, as well as in-house licensed clinicians.

Furthermore, the Office of Counseling Services offers a weekly support group/club called the Psychological Rehabilitation Education Program (P.R.E.P.) which meets every Tuesday in the Bryant Student Union conference room on the second floor (room 203) from 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  Additionally, the Office of Counseling Services has an online mental health screening that is located on the CF Counseling Services web page.  The website is: http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/centralflorida.

The Office of Counseling Services is located in the Bryant Student Union, Room 205B, on the Ocala Campus. For more information, visit the Office of Counseling Services or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1760. Arrangements can be made to meet students at any of the college's locations.


The CF Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a confidential resource for assisting students who may have personal problems which could affect their school, work or home lives and would prefer the professional counseling services to be provided from an outside of the college source. Services are free to all active CF students.

SAP provides early intervention and professional assessment to best meet the needs of the student. The SAP is managed by Bay Care Life Management, a not-for-profit health management organization located in Clearwater. In order to access services, a student can call a toll-free helpline, 1-800-878-5470, during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. For crisis situations which occur after hours, on weekends or holidays, a student can call the same number and the therapist on duty will be paged and will promptly respond to the call.

Components of the SAP address a broad spectrum of behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance abuse issues to include:

Problem Identification/Assessment and Referral. Based on telephone communication and/or face-to-face meeting, the student's presenting problem(s) is identified, the individual is assessed and an appropriate plan of action is developed.

Crisis Intervention. This service offers post-crisis assessment and intervention services to students who have experienced crisis situations.

Short-term Problem Resolution. This type of counseling is offered when resolution of the presenting problem can be resolved within the initial counseling sessions.

Monitoring and Follow-Up Services. Appropriate monitoring of student's progress and satisfaction.

Consultation with Appropriate Leadership. Providing individual consultation to campus leadership, regarding screening and the appropriate referral of students to the SAP.

For more information visit the Office of Counseling Services, email ballardm@cf.edu, call 854-2322, ext. 1760, 1286, or 1430.