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How to Refer a Student for Counseling

If you become aware that a student is having personal or family problems (for example, illness of a family member), it is often useful to ask the student, “Are you talking with anyone about this?”

If you feel that the student would benefit from a counseling referral, it is usually best to express your concern and recommendation directly to the student and allow the student to make his or her own decision. If a student needs help immediately, offer to call Counseling Services (458-4140) while the student is present or walk the student over to the Counseling Services office (RWC 1.810).

If you feel that the student would benefit from a counseling referral, it is usually best to express your concern and recommendation directly to the student and allow the student to make his or her own decision. If a student needs help immediately, offer to call Counseling Services while the student is present or walk the student over to the Counseling Services office.

If you call Counseling Services on behalf of a student, identify yourself and explain to the receptionist that you are assisting a student in obtaining services. Be sure to let the receptionist know if it is a crisis or emergency situation. Allow the student to speak to the receptionist to get information on how to get to our office to obtain services.

Client confidentiality prohibits us from providing you with information about a student you have referred, but it is always appropriate for you to check back with the student to see whether he or she followed through on your recommendation.

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