Consultations for staff and faculty, as well as concerned roommates, friends, or family members of students in distress, are available. Consultations can address such issues as the services that are available on- and off-campus, how to refer a student to Counseling Services, how to recognize students in trouble, or how to resolve a particular situation, such as giving accommodations to students and how help a disruptive student or student in acute distress.
Concerned others should be aware that confidential information about a particular student's contact with Counseling Services will not be shared with any concerned party without the student's written permission. Nevertheless, consultation is often very helpful to those who are worried about a student - it can help clarify what the student may be experiencing, ways to be helpful to the student, what sort of resources might be available to the student, etc.
Please be aware that counselors are first responsible to their clients and cannot agree ahead of time to keep third party consultations confidential. Counselors may decide that it is important and in the best interest of the student (e.g., when a concerned third party provides information about a student’s ability to keep themselves safe) that the consultation be shared with the student if he/she is in fact a client of Counseling Services.