The Professional Counselor
Undergraduate perceptions of the overall effectiveness of six types of mental health service providers (MHSPs) were obtained with a survey. Although many mental health services are available to consumers in the United States, research has indicated that these services are underutilized. Perceptions have been linked to therapeutic outcomes and may potentially serve as barriers to treatment. The results of the present study illustrate a range of perceptions and highlight the value of educating future consumers and practitioners about the roles of various MHSPs in providing mental health services. Future research is proposed.
Mental health provider, student perceptions, consumers, underutilized, practitioners
Ackerman, A., Wantz, R., Firmin, M., Poindexter, D., & Pujara, A. (2014). Mental health service providers: College student perceptions of helper effectiveness. The Professional Counselor, 4, 49-57.