Consultation Regarding a Student
Counseling Services provides brief solution focused counseling that is designed to help the student be successful and productive. We will recommend that a student seek outside services when the situation is severe, requires long term or intensive therapy, or is beyond the scope of brief, solution focused counseling.
Counselors are available if faculty or staff members have questions about helping a distressed student or addressing a student’s disruptive behavior. We can help you to assess the situation, explore your referral options, and determine the effectiveness of an intervention and appropriate means of providing support. In certain situations we will advise you to contact your Academic Dean to determine how your School handles classroom management issues.
Federal law and professional ethical guidelines protect a student’s right to privacy. All counseling sessions, referrals, and consultations are kept strictly confidential, except when disclosure is legally required. NO confidential information will be released to anyone without the student’s written authorization.
What Happens When A Referral Is Made?
Because of privacy issues, there are times when the Counselor will not initiate an intervention with a student, but will wait for the student to make contact. Generally speaking, we will not leave a phone message with a family member or voice mail message. We may use e-mail to contact a student, but we use professional judgment to determine if this is appropriate. E-mail does not maintain confidentiality and privacy.
When you refer a student, a Counselor will inform you if the student attended an initial session only if the student provides written permission. If you would like a follow-up, please call a Counselor and we will attempt to obtain written permission from the identified student. At such time, we are only able to tell you if the student did attend the initial session. We are not permitted to discuss any specific issues addressed. When appropriate, you are encouraged to directly speak with the student.