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Faculty and Staff
The Counseling Center is committed to working with Faculty and Staff on any Counseling issues that may arise with students. Faculty and staff have the unique position to be in frequent contact with students. They have the opportunity to notice changes in students’ behavior over time and direct students to appropriate services on campus. Robert Morris University offers a wide variety of services to meet the student’s unique mental health needs. Although faculty and staff should not provide counseling services, hopefully their concern for students will help these students receive the services they deserve.
Counseling center services include individual counseling, group counseling, stress free activities, psychiatric services and crisis interventions services; including working with a student in distress, facilitating psychiatric hospitalization of a student requiring a higher level of care, and working with a group of students who have experienced a traumatic event such as the sudden death of a classmate.
The Counseling Center works closely with the Office of Residence Life and the Campus Police Department to respond to students experiencing various crisis situations and emergencies.
Guidelines for Consultations/Referrals
- Please take a look at our Faculty and Staff Guide for general information.
- You may want to call for a consultation to discuss your concerns about a student. One of our staff will help you clarify what may be the most helpful approach for that individual. Call us and ask to speak to a counselor regarding a possible referral.
- Talk to the student directly and express your concern. Give the student the Counseling Center phone number and location and encourage her/him to call. If you feel comfortable, you can encourage the student to walk over to the center to make an appointment.
- In cases where an individual’s behavior poses an imminent danger to yourself or others, contact the University Police immediately at (412) 397-2424.
- According to the Suicide Prevention Policy, any RMU employee who becomes aware of a suicide threat or gesture, whether written, verbal, or behavioral, must contact the Counseling Center immediately at (412 )397-5900.
Assessment of the Student
In the initial interview the clinician assesses the student’s needs and what services may be appropriate. The following options may be considered:
- Psychoeducational, individual, or group sessions
- Referral to other departments or services on campus and/or in the community
- Severity of problem/concern
- Safety concerns
We understand that you may be interested in the progress of the student you have referred. However, we are bound by the principles of confidentiality as defined by the ethical obligations and relevant privacy laws. The following examples clarify this principle:
- Answer your questions concerning steps to take in assisting students in coming to the Counseling Center
- Offer you information about psychological concerns and problems in general
- Say whether a student is being seen here or has kept an appointment
- Discuss the content of sessions
- Discuss the treatment plan or progress
In some cases the student may find it in his/her best interest for information to be shared with a faculty, staff, family member, or significant other. This is done by the student’s own written authorization with clear explanation of the purpose and content of any disclosure. The only exception would be a clinician’s determination of imminent danger to the student or to others.