Setting Limits...

A referral is usually indicated in the following situations:

  1. A student presents a problem or requests information which is outside your range of knowledge. Students often present difficult problems, some of which can be complex even for professional counselors;

  2. You feel that personality differences between you and the student will interfere with your helping the student;

  3. You feel uncomfortable dealing with the issue or problem because of your personal relationship (he/she is a friend, neighbor, relative, etc.);

  4. A student is reluctant to discuss a problem with you;

  5. You do not believe your counseling with the student has been effective;

  6. You lack sufficient time to listen effectively to the student;

  7. A student is becoming over-reliant or dependent upon you.