If you notice any of these warning signs, here's how to make a referral. Inform the student in a straightforward, matter-of-fact manner of your concern. Be specific regarding the behavior patterns you have observed. Be empathic and listen to what the student has to say. At this point, suggest that he/she consider personal counseling and refer the student to the Counseling Center. Except in cases where you reasonably suspect that there is a potential for harm to self or other (see, “What is an Emergency” below) a student has the right to refuse treatment. If you sense reluctance on the part of the student, you may encourage the use of the Counseling Center by suggesting that others have found it helpful: it's free, confidential, easy to make an appointment, and they may want to try going for one session. Although we appreciate your concern for the student you are referring, the student has to call and make his/her own appointment.
If the student agrees to the referral, you may:
Facilitate the referral by having the student call us from your office or room to arrange an appointment
Agree that the student will contact the Counseling Center on his or her own to arrange an appointment
In urgent or crisis situations, walk the student over for immediate contact with our staff
Except in emergencies, the option should be left open for the student to accept or refuse a referral for counseling