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This book gives a clear explanation of the purpose of a college psychiatric service, the scope of its activities, its limitations, and its relations with other divisions of a university.
Although written primarily for educators, the book can be read with profit by psychiatrists who are interested in the application of their subject to an educational institution. It is also of interest and value to parents of college students who wish to know what should be their attitude toward the college, and what the responsibility of the college may be concerning the emotional development of young people.
Dana Farnsworth proposes a system of counseling in which a qualified faculty member assumes the primary role, with the possibility of obtaining consultation and aid when necessary from professionals, particularly the college psychiatrist. In describing means of developing college mental-health programs, Dr. Farnsworth points out that no college should attempt to develop a mental-health program unless the reason for it and its desirability are clearly understood by the college administration. He has included a bibliography and other useful information in the appendix.