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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICES > STUDENT LIFE > COUNSELING CENTER > FACULTY AND STAFF
Faculty and Staff

The Counseling Center is committed to working with Faculty and Staff on any Counseling issues that may arise with students.

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.

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

          Follow-up Procedure
          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:

          We can:

          • 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

          We cannot:

          • 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.