Nov. 17, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 14

Meet Resource Counselor Whitney Nobles

Published: August 27th, 2007

Category: News, Students

What is a Resource Counselor?

by Whitney F. Nobles, Resource Counselor

Whitney Nobles Welcome back to those returning and a warm welcome to the incoming students. Last year I had the pleasure of working with some of you and meeting students within the law school. For those of you who are new or I have not met, I thought that I would take some time at the beginning of the year to explain the role of a resource counselor and a little bit about the counseling field.

What does the law school resource counselor do?

As a resource counselor, I am here to listen to any emotional, mental, or personal problems that you might be having. It is not unusual for students to feel stressed or anxious during the school year, and these are some examples of problems in which you might seek my assistance. Many students last year expressed concerns about seeking assistance from the resource counselor based on a fear that there would be a lack of confidentiality. My services as a counselor are not shared to any member of the staff unless permission has been given or an extreme circumstance arises (i.e., harm to self or others). I encourage you to seek help for any situation that you are having difficulty managing, no matter how great or small. No instance of anxiety, depression, or like problems will be disclosed to anyone. These discussions will have no bearing on one’s ability to gain employment or insurance based on what is discussed within the law school or particularly with the resource counselor. Additionally, if there is discomfort from any student about meeting within the law school, other arrangements to meet elsewhere can be made.

What is counseling?

Mental health professionals practice in a variety of settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse treatment centers. Mental health counselors provide a full range of services including crisis management, psychotherapy, alcoholism, and substance abuse treatment, in addition to many others. However, counselors, such as a resource counselor, have no formal training in curriculum management, advising on school related issues, or career services. There is staff in place to assist you in these matters, namely the assistant deans and career services office.

Ethical standards

Counseling professionals abide by a strict code of ethics and laws that regulate their practice. At any time, you have the right to access your records or refuse services. Additionally, ethical codes state that, “Mental health counselors have a primary obligation to safeguard information about individuals obtained in the course of practice, teaching, or research. Personal information is communicated to others only with the person’s written consent or in those circumstances where there is clear and imminent danger to the client, to others or to society. Disclosure of counseling information is restricted to what is necessary, relevant and verifiable.” Therefore, ethically, your rights as a client are protected.

What are my qualifications?

I hope that this clarifies any misgivings of the work that is done with the resource counselor or any recommending staff. I am also a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and if I can not help you I would be more than happy to assist you in finding the appropriate person to support you in your specific situation.

How do you contact me?

Please feel free to email me at noblesw@law.ufl.edu with any questions that you might have or to set up an appointment. My office is located in student affairs and is the first office on the right. I encourage walk-in appointments as well as those scheduled ahead of time. My office hours this semester are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-5, however if these do not fit your schedule I will be more than happy to make outside arrangements. I look forward to meeting and talking with you soon.

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