Faculty & Staff Referral Guide


  • When a Student May Need Counseling: 
    A Guide For Faculty & Staff

     

    Some signs that indicate a student may be experiencing more stress than she/he can handle are:

    • Marked decline in quality of course work, class participation, quality of papers or test results.

     

    • Increased absence from class or failure to turn in work.

     

    • Chronic fatigue and low energy.

     

    • Attention and memory difficulties.

     

    • Low self-esteem and prolonged depression, suggested by a
      sad expression, apathy, weight loss, sleep difficulties, or tearfulness.

     

    • Nervousness, agitation, excessive worry, irritability and sudden outbursts of anger, threats of harming others, aggressiveness, or nonstop talking.

     

    • Abrupt or radical changes in behavior or bizarre behavior, speech, writing, or thinking.

     

    • Abnormal eating or exercise behaviors.

     

    • Alcohol and other drug abuse.

     

    • Isolation from others.

     

    • Extreme dependency on faculty, staff, or Community Leader, including spending much of his/her spare time visiting during office hours or at other times.

     

    • Marked change in personal hygiene.

     

    • Talk of suicide, either directly or indirectly, such as “I won’t be around to take that exam anyway”  or “I’m not worried about getting a job, I won’t need one.”

     

    Examples of issues that often prompt referral to a counselor include the following:

     

    • Social/personal concerns, Career choices/selecting a major 

    • Stress, Depression, General anxiety

     

    • Identity development/individuation

     

    • Substance abuse, Sexual assault

     

    • Relationship concerns, Racial/cultural adjustments

     

    • Extreme test anxiety, Grief/loss (including loss of  a romantic relationship)