Referring Someone to the Counseling Center


Faculty and Staff Referral Guide


Reasons for Consultations/Referrals

The following signs may indicate a need to refer a student to the Counseling Center:

Abrupt/Radical changes in behavior        Isolation from others
Poor attendance in class                           Alcohol/Drug abuse
Sudden outbursts of anger                        Irritability
Attention/Memory difficulties                      Restlessness
Inappropriate crying                                    Low self-esteem
Chronic fatigue/Low energy

A student may also be referred to the Counseling Center for assistance with issues such as the following:

Life planning                                                 Assertiveness training
Self-esteem building                                  Stress management
Relationship enhancement                       Anger management

Guidelines for Facilitating Consultations/Referrals
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.  Telephone and ask to speak to the clinician on call 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 him/her to make the contact.

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: further assessment using career and/or psychological testing; individual, couples, family or group sessions; and referral to other departments or services on campus or in the community.

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 ethics of the American Counseling Association,  the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Workers.