Staff, Faculty and Administration
College is a time of inner and interpersonal change, challenge, and growth. It is an exciting, yet stressful time of life. On occasion, students may experience difficulty coping with this stress. As a faculty member, administrator, or friend, you may be one of the first to become aware of personal difficulties affecting a student's life. The following is an outline designed to assist you in connecting students to the Counseling Center.
Consider referring a student to the Counseling Center if you notice:
If you notice any of these warning signs, here's how to make a referral. Inform the student in a straightforward, matter-of-fact manner of your concern. Be specific regarding the behavior patterns you have observed. Be empathic and listen to what the student has to say. At this point, suggest that he/she consider personal counseling and refer the student to the Counseling Center. Except in cases where you reasonably suspect that there is a potential for harm to self or other (see, “What is an Emergency” below) a student has the right to refuse treatment. If you sense reluctance on the part of the student, you may encourage the use of the Counseling Center by suggesting that others have found it helpful: it's free, confidential, easy to make an appointment, and they may want to try going for one session. Although we appreciate your concern for the student you are referring, the student has to call and make his/her own appointment.
If the student agrees to the referral, you may:
If you are unsure about whether to refer, please contact us either by phone or in-person. As faculty and staff, you are a valuable referral source and we want to support you in supporting the student.
An emergency can occur anytime. In some instances of severe emotional disturbance, immediate response is necessary for the well being of the student and/or others. If you are unable to reach us at 596-4585, please call the Crisis Cell at 228-8706. If you do not reach anyone on the Crisis Cell, call Security at (203)596-4501.
Any reference to a personal consideration of suicide, threat of suicide, or attempt at suicide should be judged as extremely serious, and referral to the Counseling Center is strongly advised. If the reference includes the how, when, where, or other specifics of suicide plans, immediate response is critical. If a student has made a suicide attempt and is in medical danger, call 911, the Crisis Cell (228-8706), and Campus Security (596-4501).
The primary campus resources for responding to mental health emergencies are the Counseling Center (596-4585), and/or, the Crisis Cell (228-8706). A therapist will see a student who comes to the Counseling Center in crisis as soon as possible.
After hours and on weekends calls are dispatched through the Crisis Cell and Campus Security. Be prepared to provide as much information as possible, including:
As required by both laws and ethics of professional practice, all communication between a therapist and client is confidential. Once a student is a client at the Counseling Center, we cannot discuss the particulars of his/her situation, or even acknowledge the fact that counseling is being provided without the consent of the client. If it is necessary, we will attempt to obtain client permission to communicate with a faculty member, friend, or family member. If you do not hear from us, it is likely that permission has not been granted. Students are also encouraged to communicate with you in a manner that is comfortable for them. Even though we are bound legally and ethically by the rules of confidentiality we can always listen to your observations and concerns about a particular student. In any event do not hesitate to contact the Counseling Center for a consultation.