As faculty and staff members, you may occasionally come in contact with students who display unusual and worrisome behavior, or may share with you personal information about which you do not feel qualified to address. In such cases, especially if the behavior is impairing the student's performance or the performance of others, or there is a dramatic behavioral change, you may want to initiate a discussion about counseling with him or her. During the meeting:
You may want to consult with Janie MacHarg, Director of Student Health & Psychological Services, x 3818 or Carol Bosman-Anderson, Interim Director of the Career Center, x 3625 before meeting with the student. They or a member of their staffs can listen to your concerns and recommend methods for addressing issues with the students.
There are two offices where counselors are located, the Career Center and Student Health & Psychological Services. The credentials of the psychologists in both units are essentially the same. The usage rate for individual psychological services in both units is equal, and the demand is high. For the past few years there has been a periodic need to establish a waiting list for services in either unit. Both units work together to make sure the student is seen in a timely manner.
After discussing the situation with the student, you can refer him or her to either the Career Center or the Student Health & Psychological Services unit in one of the following ways:
Confidentiality: The client-counselor relationship is confidential, except in those few circumstances where the law requires disclosure of confidential information. (e.g. harm to others, child abuse, etc.). Only upon the individual's written request will any information be released to other people or agencies about participation in psychological counseling. This means that the counseling staff cannot confirm if the student has come in for counseling or inform you about the student's case. However, you are encouraged to ask the student if s/he has gone to see a counselor and to ask how it is going. This will show a continued concern and interest on your part, and is generally well received by the student.
For further information about counseling services, call Student Health & Psychological Services, x3818 or the Career Center, x3625.
The following are some warning signals which may indicate that psychological counseling would be appropriate. Use your best judgment to determine if intervention is necessary or would be helpful.