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)
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