When a member of the campus community has a concern about a student’s mental health and/or believes a student may be experiencing a personal problem or emotional distress, the Counseling and Wellness Center is a resource for consultation, referral, and emergency response when necessary. The following guidelines may be helpful in determining when and how to refer a student for counseling:
1. Identify your concern(s) about the student.
Students experiencing personal, social or psychological concerns may exhibit the following behavior or symptoms:
If you are concerned about a student for any reason, trust your instincts. Contact the Counseling and Wellness Center to discuss your concerns with a licensed professional counselor before talking to the student.
This step may not always be necessary or possible. However, it may be helpful to consult with a counselor prior to talking to the student if you have questions, if you are uncertain about to whom the referral should be made, or if you feel unsure about the best way to approach the student.
2. When you meet with the student, the following tips may be helpful:
If you wish to follow-up on the referral, make plans to do so with the student.
Confidentiality laws and ethical guidelines prohibit a professional counselor from disclosing information or identifying individuals who seek counseling. The counselor will not contact the referral source without written consent from the student. You may want to “check-in” with the student in a non-intrusive manner, following the referral, i.e., ask how he/she is doing. Some students may choose to inform you as to whether they followed through on the referral; others may not.
The Counseling and Wellness Centers strive to enhance students’ personal development and academic success by providing comprehensive counseling services and a holistic approach to health and wellness education. While a counselor may initiate outreach to individual students in certain emergency situations, the Centers do not mandate student participation in counseling.
If your primary concern about a student involves a conduct issue, please contact the Dean of Campus Life. The Dean can assist with determining appropriate steps, including counseling referral as appropriate. If the concern involves an immediate threat to anyone’s safety, please call Campus Security immediately.
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