Counseling Services also offers services for staff and faculty. We can provide consultation about a student’s unusual, problematic or potentially harmful behavior toward self or others. We also conduct workshops and classroom presentations on a variety of wellness topics.
Faculty and staff, because of their proximity and sensitivity to students, often become aware of a variety of problems that can seriously interfere with concentration, self-confidence, sense of safety and well-being, and productivity in the classroom.
Students are encouraged to see the counselor when they are stressed and use the services as a place to get support and encouragement when they are experiencing success. Counseling offers various benefits, including talking about personal issues in a safe, confidential setting; problem-solving and setting goals; and developing positive coping skills.
Below are behavioral and emotional signs of distress:
As a faculty or staff member, students often turn to you for advice or support about personal concerns. The most helpful thing you can do for a student who seems to be having a problem is to tell her about Counseling Services.
Know and express your limitations. Faculty and staff are not expected to be professional counselors. However, you can serve as an important link to Counseling Services. When you offer to help a student find professional assistance, you also are clarifying your own boundaries in terms of time, energy, expertise and how involved you are willing to get, given all of your other responsibilities.
The best referrals are made out of a sincere concern for the student’s well-being, safety and effective functioning.
Counseling Services does not usually initiate contact with a potential student client out of respect for individual privacy and the intrusiveness and ineffectiveness of such an approach. Faculty, staff, parents and fellow students are encouraged to make contact with the student and refer her to counseling. Counseling is most successful when the student makes her own appointment.
Tips for making a referral:
No matter how much you think a student could benefit from counseling, it is ultimately her decision. The best thing you can do is steer her in the right direction and let her make her own decision. Typical responses from students when given a referral:
If you would like help developing a plan of action, you can contact any of the following people to express your concern:
If you are dealing with a student who is having a mental health crisis or if you think she is considering harming herself or others, call Counseling Services or Security immediately.
If someone is having a mental health crisis, the best and safest place for that person, even if she does not want to go, is Milwaukee County Psychiatric Crisis Services.
Milwaukee County Mental Health Psychiatric Crisis Services
9499 Watertown Plank Road