Referral of a Distressed Student:
Students often encounter a great deal of stress during the course of their academic experience. While most students cope successfully with the challenges that these years bring, an increasing number of students find that the various pressures of life can seem overwhelming and unmanageable.
As faculty members you may encounter these troubled students in your offices or your classrooms. Many of these students have not sought any psychological intervention. Thus, your role is crucial in identifying and referring students who are in distress.
There are several ways of making a referral to the counseling center.
Appointments can be scheduled either in person or by phone through the Counseling Center front desk, at 215.596.8536. In person - come to the first floor of Whitecar Hall, suite 1200.
In the event of an emergency or crisis after regular office hours call campus security at 215.596.7000 to initiate emergency procedures.
If you are a faculty or staff member you can discuss with the student which way he or she might feel most comfortable. Usually the best way is to give the student our phone number and have them call. You might offer to have them call while they are in your office. Another possibility is to offer to make the call for them while they are in your office. If a student is particularly distressed, do not hesitate to walk them over to the Counseling Center and introduce them to the Counseling Center receptionist, or another staff member at the counseling center.
If you think a student or friend might have a substance abuse problem there may be some behaviors or symptoms that are easily observable and could indicate the presence of a problem. The following signs and symptoms might indicate that someone has or is at risk for having a problem with drugs or alcohol.
If students show any of these signs it might be indicative of a problem. However, many of these signs are indicators of other problems not related to substance abuse but issues that might benefit from being addressed. Most students respond favorably to someone approaching them from the standpoint of a non-judgmental support resource. You might suggest that they visit the, "Am I at Risk" page of the Counseling Center website or further suggest that they speak with someone at the Counseling Center to address some of their concerns.