Helping Students in Distress: A Guide for Faculty and Staff
 
 
 

When To Consider Making a Counseling Referral

   Stated need for help    Traumatic changes in personal relationships
References to suicide Drug and alcohol abuse
Changes in mood or behavior    Cutting and self injury
Anxiety and depression Learning problems
Psychosomatic complaints Academic problems

What You Can Do

Talk to the student in private. Take your time. Offer your undivided attention.

Listen in an open, caring way, without judging. Avoid giving advice.

Help the student see there are options, including professional counseling services on campus.

Maintain the professional nature of your relationship with the student.

Refer the student for help. Emphasize that seeking assistance is a sign of strength.

Consult with a counselor about how best to intervene and make a referral.

Sessions conducted by clinical counselors are confidential in nature. The only exceptions are in circumstances which would result in clear danger to the individual or others, reports of child or elder neglect/abuse, or in a civil or criminal case where information is mandated by court law.  

If the student is at risk and needs to be seen immediately,
accompany him to the counseling office on your campus.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO LOCATE A COUNSELOR, CONTACT PUBLIC SAFETY: 443-840-1111.



 
 
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