Guide to Making A Counseling Referral
At some time every student feels stressed, anxious or depressed.
However, when these feelings persist over a long period there may be a problem which is greater than those faced by the general student population. The following will guide you in deciding if a student should be referred to counseling.
What to look for in a troubled student
A student in crisis may:
- Be hostile, aggressive, violent.
- Speak incoherently with unconnected thoughts, garbled or slurred speech.
- See, hear, or believe things that are not present or possible.
- Talk openly about suicide or make homicidal threats.
What to do for a troubled student
A student in crisis needs immediate help:
- Do not leave the student alone.
- Contact the Counseling Center at 717-871-7821 or the University Police at 911.
- Stay with the student until help arrives. Reassure the student.
- Be calm, maintain eye contact and listen nonjudgmentally.
Student Referrals to Counseling
A student with significant emotional distress or one who manages but needs help should be referred to the Counseling Center. Students vary in their acceptance of a referral for counseling. The following steps will make it easier for you.
- Do not hold the discussion in a public place.
- Be calm, maintain eye contact, focus on what is said without making judgements.
- Acknowledge student's concerns as important but do not overstate the concerns.
- Inform student of the free, confidential counseling services on campus.
- Offer them your phone to make an appointment or even walk with them to the Counseling Center.
- If they refuse a referral, accept that with respect for their decision. Say something like: "Please take the telephone number and should you change your mind you can reach specially trained people who have helped many other students."
If you would like a printed copy of the "Guide to Making Counseling Referrals", please contact the Counseling Center at 717-871-7821.
If the Student's Behavior is Alarming, Escalating, or If You or Others Feel Threatened
- Dial 911 immediately. Identify yourself and your location, describe the behavior, and request assistance.
- Inform your department chair if it was necessary to contact University Police.
- Notify the Millersville University Behavioral Intervention Team at (717) 871-7070 to file a report about an incident or situation of concern.
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Hours of Operation
- Mon., Tues., Thur., Fri. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wed. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Any changes to regularly scheduled hours will be posted in the Counseling Center.
- Emergency: 911