College students often have many personal challenges to address during the academic year. Most students are able to effectively manage personal issues, as well as and academic and social stress, without assistance. Some students, however, can benefit from counseling. Some students of concern will need additional support beyond counseling. Because of the regular contact that faculty and staff have with students, you are in an excellent position to recognize and refer students that may need assistance. When should I alert the Deans Behavioral Assessment/Intervention Team about a student? Faculty and Staff are encouraged to alert one of the members of the Deans Behavioral Assessment/Intervention Team with their concerns about unusual student conduct, in and outside the classroom. See below (When should I refer a student to Counseling?) for a list of student behaviors that you might want to alert the team about. Dean Grant Azdell - Dean of Students Dean Kathryn Hull - Senior Associate Dean of Students Dean Lauren Bell - Associate Dean of Faculty Dr. Craig Anderson - Director, Counseling Services Rodney Bardwell - Director of Residence Life/Housing & Judicial AffairsThe Deans Behavioral Assessment/Intervention Team meets every Monday morning during the academic year. The team seeks to pro-actively coordinate College support and accountability for academic, behavioral, psychological and emotional concerns. Often the behaviors of concern in one aspect of a student’s life are manifesting in other aspects of their life on campus: academically, socially, athletically, emotionally, psychologically, etc. Faculty and staff are encouraged to report academic or behavioral concerns about a student by using the form available here: https://secure.rmc.edu/academicreport/default.aspxCounseling Services will, with student consent, alert faculty either directly or through the office of the Associate Dean of the College when there is a legitimate mental health concern and/or crisis imparing the student's functioning on campus. Faculty and staff should encourage any student that they believe would benefit from counseling to seek support at the Counseling Center. Students, however, should not pursue services at Counseling Services for the sole purpose of obtaining a letter of support for missing classes or for a medical withdrawal from classes. The Center does not provide letters at the time of an initial consultation and cannot provide documentation regarding a student's mental health without a history of services at the Center during the specified time period. If necessary, students are encouraged to seek letters of support directly involved in their care such as past or present psychological/psychiatric providers, medical doctors, or family members.Please note: The Family Education and Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) allows College officials to share information with one another, without prior student consent, under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31): when there is a “legitimate educational interest” and when College officials have direct experience of erratic or threatening behavior. FERPA also allows College officials to notify parents about imminent risk to health and safety without the student’s prior consent. When should I refer a student to Counseling? Students often encounter a great deal of stress during their college years. While most students cope successfully with the demands of college life, for some, the pressures can become overwhelming and unmanageable. Students may feel alone, isolated, helpless and even hopeless. These feelings can easily disrupt academic performance and may result in harmful behaviors such as substance abuse and attempts at suicide. Faculty and staff members are in a unique position to identify and help students who are in distress. This may be particularly true for students who cannot or will not turn to family or friends. Anyone who is seen as caring and trustworthy may be a potential resource in times of trouble. Your expression of interest and concern may be a critical factor in helping struggling students reestablish emotional equilibrium, thus saving their academic careers or even their lives. The following may help to identify some symptoms which, when present over a period of time, suggest that the problems with which the person is dealing are more than the normal ones:
How do I refer a student to counseling?
Why haven't I heard from Counseling Services about the student I referred? The best way to find out whether a student has sought help as a result of your referral to Counseling Services is to ask the student directly. Due to the confidentiality of psychotherapy services, the psychologists in Counseling Services will not disclose whether or not a student has made an appointment, or has been seen by a Counseling staff member, unless the student grants explicit, written permission. Sometimes a student may wish that their therapist contact a faculty member, staff person, parent, or other individual. In these cases, the student will sign a release of information form to enable this contact with the therapist. Release form for R-MC Faculty/Staff
If you have any further counseling questions, please contact Dr. Craig Anderson, Dr. Beth Schubert or Dr. Dusti Sisk-Fandrich at ext. 7270.