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Brigham Young University. Counseling Service

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1946-1967

Administrative History

The Counseling Service (1946-1967) was a student services unit at Brigham Young University. The service had responsibility for incoming student registration, counseling, occupation advising, and testing services.

The Counseling Service was established by president Howard McDonald in 1946 as a means of assisting returning students after World War II. Initially run as a university committee, the service was staffed part-time by faculty members. During the Ernest L. Wilkinson Administration staffing was shifted away from faculty to professional counseling staff.

Among its responsibilities, between 1946 and 1956 the Counseling Service was charged with assisting and counseling new freshmen and sophomores during the registration process. Other regular responsibilities of the unit included academic advisement, personal counseling, psychiatric services, occupational counseling, and testing services.

Chairmen of Counseling Services included Antone K. Romney (1946-1955), Howard T. Reid (1955-1957), Clyde A. Parker (1957-1966), and Vern H. Jensen (1966-1967).

The unit operated under the direction of Special Services (1946-1955) and Student Personnel Services (1955-1967). In 1967 the unit was reorganized as the Counseling Center.

Citation

Brigham Young University annual catalogue, 1946: p. 9 (Counseling Service; standing university committee; members: A.K. Romney, M.K. Allen, and H.G. Clarke) p. 61 (part of Division of Special Services)

Brigham Young University annual catalogue, 1947: p. 10 (Counseling Service; standing university committee under Special Services) p. 46 (new freshmen and sophomores registered for classes through Counseling Service; includes chairmen for tests and measurements, and occupational information; 20 faculty members in service to assist students)

Brigham Young University annual catalogue, 1949: p. 11 (Counseling Service; standing committee; members: Romney, Allen, Clark, and E. H. Himes)

Brigham Young University annual catalogue, 1952: p. 11 (Counseling Service; standing committee; A. K. Romney, chair) p. 63 (part of Special Services; new freshmen and sophomores register through service) p. 64 (offers testing service, occupational information service, and clinical counseling service)

Brigham Young University annual catalogue, 1955: p. 37 (Counseling Service; Howard T. Reid, chairman) p. 94-95 (part of Student Personnel Services; new freshmen and sophomores register through service; provides counseling for personal problems, as well as educational counseling; offers registration services and testing services)

Brigham Young University catalog of courses, 1956: p. 11 (Counseling Service; Howard T. Reid, chairman) p. 104 (Counseling Service; offers counseling services, testing services, and occupational information)

Brigham Young University catalog of courses, 1957: p. 11 (Counseling Service; Clyde A. Parker, chair) p. 89 (part of Student Personnel Services; offers counseling services (personal, educational, occupational), testing services, occupational information, and study skill assistance; maintains Counseling Service Library)

Brigham Young University catalog of courses, 1959: p. 71 (Counseling Service; offers counseling, psychiatric services, testing, occupational information, and assistance with study skills)

Brigham Young University catalog of courses, 1962: p. 35 (Counseling Service; offers counseling, psychiatric services, testing, and occupational information)

Brigham Young University catalog of courses, 1964: p. 35-36 (Counseling Service; offers counseling, testing services, and occupational information) p. 424 (Clyde A. Parker, chair)

Brigham Young University catalog of courses, 1966: p. 37 (Counseling Service; part of Student Personnel Services; provides educational and personal counseling, testing, and occupational information) p. 467 (Counseling Service; Vern H. Jensen, chairman)

Brigham Young University catalog of courses, 1968: p. 40 (Counseling Center; offered counseling services, testing services, and occupational information) p. 520 (Counseling Center; Vern H. Jensen, chairman)

Brigham Young University, 1975: vol. 3 p. 301 (Counseling Service; Counseling Center; Antone K. Romney, first chairman; initially staffed with part-time teacher counselors; during Wilkinson Administration, shifted to staffing with full-time professional counselors, addition of clinical psychologists) p. 302 (in 1967, adopted new goals and objectives)

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Counseling Service records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 83
Scope and Contents Contains tests administered to freshmen upon entrance into Brigham Young University, information concerning faculty advisors, Thurston psychological examination and scores, literary comprehension scores, English placement scores, and natural science scores (88 items). Materials date from between 1939 and 1949.
Dates: 1939-1949

Counseling Service records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 268
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, student information records, test results, personality rating charts, and certificates of credits and admissions (16 items). Documents relate to counseling and admissions at the university prior to the establishment of Counseling Services. Materials date from between 1907 and 1922, and from 1939.
Dates: 1907-1922; 1939

Counseling Service records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 538
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, questionnaires, minutes, reports, and student test scores related to the Counseling Service. Materials date from between 1945 and 1959.
Dates: 1945-1959

Counseling Service records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 508
Scope and Contents Contains freshman test results, lists of freshmen, and information about the tests themselves. Materials date from between 1931 and 1960.
Dates: 1931-1960

Counseling Service records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 353
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, financial records, reports, and statistics produced by Vern Jensen for the Counseling Service. Also includes some correspondence while Jensen served as bishop of the BYU 26th Ward. Materials date from between 1954 and 1964.
Dates: 1954-1964

Counseling Service records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 548
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, minutes, studies, and reports of the Counseling Service. Materials date from between 1959 and 1963.
Dates: 1959-1963

Counseling Service testing records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 540
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, GED results, reports on tests, and processed answer sheets. Materials date from between 1946 and 1963.
Dates: 1946-1963