How to Make a Referral

Tell the individual, in private and in a straightforward and matter-of-fact manner, of your concern. Be specific regarding the behavior patterns you have observed. Suggest that he/she consider talking with a counselor. If the student or resident agrees, depending on your sense of urgency you may:

  • Walk the individual to the Office of Student Counseling for immediate contact (Seibel Student Services Center).

  • Call us directly (X4736) or have the student call us from your office.

  • Agree that the individual will walk over and call you when he/she arrives.

  • Suggest that the individual call or come by the Office anytime to make an appointment.

  • As appropriate, let the individual know that with permission you are willing to give the counselor information about the nature of the problem and the reason for the referral.

Of course, the individual has the freedom to refuse a referral.

We can usually see a client the same day when necessary. If you are unsure about whether to refer, call us. We are always willing to discuss your concerns and possible courses of action.

Many students avoid counseling because they believe it is for the “mentally ill.” Our emphasis in counseling is on teaching skills to help students become more functional. Some of the skills we teach are reducing anxiety in testing or speech situations, overcoming depression, interacting better with others, and managing time more efficiently.

At times due to environmental pressures, students may feel acute anxiety, sadness, or depression. For these problems, as well as crises or developmental concerns it is helpful to gain the perspective of an unbiased source. A counselor can help individuals understand their difficulties and cope more effectively with them. You might also remind the individual that our services are free of charge and completely confidential.

Referring a student for counseling demonstrates that you are concerned and have confidence he or she can get better with help.

As you recommend our services, try not to talk about improving “mental health,” but say things like “learning new skills,” “making an investment in yourself,” and “preparing yourself to be more efficient.”