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Making a Referral

Faculty, staff, residence hall advisors, friends and parents are often in the position to notice signs that a student may need help. Here are some tips to help you make a referral to the Counseling Center.

  • Speak to the individual in private, and let them know you are interested and willing to listen and to help.
  • Present your concerns to the individual in a direct and specific manner, without telling them what to do, or trying to solve their problems.
  • Tell them about the Counseling Center and let them know that our services are confidential,¬†professional,¬†and that counselors seek to understand a student's point of view, and to work with them to help them figure out solutions.
  • If a student feels uncomfortable or embarrassed about seeking out help at the counseling center, reassure them that it is a mature choice to face your problems, and not a sign of weakness or that something is wrong with them.
  • If the person is receptive, assist them in making the appointment at that time. Offer the use of your phone and write down the appointment information for them.
  • If the student is in crisis they may not be able to initiate getting the help they need. If that is the case, walk them over to the Counseling Center and wait with them until they are able to see a counselor.
  • If a student may be in imminent danger of harming themselves or others, phone 911 or campus security at 755-3888.
  • Please remember that counseling is a personal and private matter and any referral should be handled in a confidential manner.

Friend in Distress?

This article gives you tips on how to help a friend who is in distress in a non-threatening way while at th same time taking care of your own needs.

RAs and Student Leaders

If you're an RA or student leader, we offer consultation and support services, as well as trainings and presentations in order to aid you help a student in need.