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Consultation/Faculty -Staff Resource & Referral Guide

Counselors are available to students, faculty and staff to discuss situations of concern. Counselors will offer feedback as to how to address difficult situations and people. This is done within the bounds of confidentiality.

Symptoms of Student Distress

  • Changes in affect and/or behavior over a period of time
  • Changes in class attendance and/or performance
  • Depressed mood
  • Crying in class
  • Angry outbursts
  • Isolation from peers
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Decline in personal hygiene
  • Coming to class high or intoxicated
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Extreme activity level
  • Very rapid speech
  • Unusual or exaggerated emotional response which is inappropriate to situation
  • Inability to communicate clearly (garbled, slurred speech, disjointed thoughts)
  • Seeing/hearing things which are not there
  • Talking about suicide or not wanting to be around anymore

How/When to Help

  • Talk to the student and describe the specific behavior that concerns you
  • Avoid judging, evaluating, and criticizing the student
  • Recommend the student access support in the Center when you feel the student’s problem is one that you do not feel qualified to handle, that personality differences will interfer with your ability to help, the student is a personal acquaintance, or if you feel you are overwhelmed, pressed for time, or at a high stress level yourself.
  • Offer to make an initial call to the Center on behalf of the student
  • You may walk the student to the Center if your concern is urgent

If you are unsure about what to do about a student, call the Counseling staff and consult about him or her. Counseling and Psychological Services Center(CAPS Center) Located on the lower level of McGowan Hall. Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 674-6408 For Evening and Weekend Emergencies: Contact Safety & Security at 674-6300 for the Counselor-On-Call