Helping Students in Distress


    This online guide is intended to assist CLU faculty and staff in making referrals to the Student Counseling Services center (to download a copy of the brochure we give to faculty and staff members to help them assist students in distress, click here.) Most university students do not make use of counseling services. This is unfortunate because many struggling students would function at a much higher level with even brief exposure to effective personal counseling. Faculty and staff members play a vitally important role in helping students to seek our assistance.

Please note that SCS also provides counseling for faculty and staff. The contents of the following pages are equally applicable for making referrals of a faculty/staff member who is a colleague or friend.

When to refer...

Indications for Counseling

    The reasons that individuals seek help from counselors are as varied as people themselves. An individual's motives for seeking counseling might range from wishing to solve a particular problem to desiring to enhance his/her own personal development. The following indications can be useful in making a decision about referring an individual to SCS. To prevent possible overreaction to a single or an isolated behavior, it is advisable to look for clusters of signs which appear at approximately the same time. For a discussion of these clusters, click here.

Setting limits...

    Recognizing the signs or symptoms that may suggest the need for counseling involves focusing on the student. In referring a student to the Student Counseling Services center, it will also be important to be clear within yourself regarding the appropriate limits of your involvement with a particular student. To access these guidelines, click here.

How to refer...

    When you have determined that a student might benefit from professional counseling, the following guidelines may assist you in helping the student to feel comfortable about coming to see someone at SCS (please click here):