Faculty and Staff as a Helping Resource. Presented by: Barbara Byers, M.S., CCAC, LPC Director of Counseling Shepherd University . We Remember. Today’s Students (National College Health Assessment, 2007).
Barbara Byers, M.S., CCAC, LPC
Director of Counseling
- The Jed Foundation
Lack adequate coping skills
Age of onset of mental illness
Social pressures and experimentation
Family history of mental illness
New and unfamiliar environment
Feelings of failure or decreased performance
Grief and Loss
Learning to balance family and school
Stress is a natural part of life and a common occurrence in the life of a college student. While many students are able to cope successfully with the many facets of college life, others become overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or turn to alcohol and other drugs.
Often the emotional and behavioral consequences are played out in the classroom, residence halls, or campus offices.
We hope that this presentation will provide information to enable you to better assist these students
A student is depressed
A student is unable to control emotions and/or behavior
A student’s weight and/or eating behavior is of concern
A student comes to class intoxicated or hung over
A student appears to be in an abusive relationship
A student is having difficulty grieving a loss
Whenever you are concerned about a student, even if the problem is unclear … REFER
Sudden change in class performance
Hyperactivity or tangential speech
Says things that disturb you
Substance Abuse Tx
Privacy – Talk in private when you and the student have time and are not preoccupied.
Honesty – Be frank about your concerns, sharing what you observe without judging.
Limits – Be clear about the limits of your ability to help. It is not your role or responsibility to counsel students, but you can help them get the support that they need.
Suggest that a student seek help instead of telling or ordering them to.
Inform the student of our counseling services and tell them that students visit Shepherd’s Counseling Center for a variety of reasons.
Timing – If a student is receptive to seeing a counselor provide them with our phone number: 304-876-5161, offer them access to your phone so they can make an appointment, or accompany them to our Counseling Center.
“Sounds like you are really struggling with________”
Many people find it helpful to talk with someone
in confidence who is outside of the situation.”
“I want to help you get the help you need and deserve”
“Give the Counseling Center a try. You have nothing to lose.”
“Meeting with a counselor is confidential and will not go on your academic record.”
“These are services your tuition pays for; take advantage of them.”
Model and expect students to utilize good stress management skills ( adequate sleep, eating healthy etc).
Offer “stress-buster mini-workshops” during high stress times of the semester. We are is glad to come to your classes or arrange one for your department.
Phrase feedback positively whenever possible.
Understand that some students lack basic “life skills” and have delayed development in many areas.
Refer students for time management and study skills workshops.
Check in with your students regularly and create a climate where it is safe for students to come to you if they are getting “overwhelmed” in class.
Encourage use of office hours and tutor sessions.
Consult with a counselor as needed for feedback- we are here to support you and the student!
Create opportunities for “connections” in your classroom and work to engage the withdrawn or socially isolated student.
Encourage involvement in student events and campus organizations.
Consider adding a class service opportunity as a requirement or for extra credit to further build community/connections.
Encourage students with disabilities to self-identify and utilize accommodations.
Means for completion
Premeditation leads to CALM
*** Call 911 ***
We recommend that you refer behavioral concerns to the Dean or Asst. Dean of Students or call a counselor for advice. A counselor is always on call and available by phone via the Health Center or Campus Police.
If you ever feel unsafe or are unsure of how to respond, Call Campus Police. They will contact someone from the counseling center if they determine it necessary to consult or have someone present.
Students may also be referred to the Crisis Team.
This is a team that meets weekly to present students or situations of concern and plan a course of action to support the student or de-escalate a potential crisis.
Members: Dean, Asst. Dean, RLO, Police, Health Center, Counseling
Campus Police monitor all calls and will respond.
B.1.c. Respect for Confidentiality
Counselors do not share confidential information without client consent or without sound legal or ethical justification.
A.11.b. Inability to Assist Clients
If counselors determine an inability to be of professional assistance to clients, they avoid entering or continuing counseling relationships. Counselors are knowledgeable about culturally and clinically appropriate referral resources and suggest these alternatives. If clients decline the suggested referrals, counselors should discontinue the relationship.
Gardiner Hall, Ground Floor
(access through the Health Center)
Barbara Byers: (304) 876-5276
Rhonda Jackson: (304) 876-5681
For an Appt. Call (304) 876-5161