- What are the counseling resources? Is there a separate fee for using them?
- Are there limits on the number of counseling sessions per student?
- Is there a psychiatrist available to prescribe medication if necessary?
- What is the staff-to-student ratio for counselors? (The national average is 1 per 1,574.)
- How long is the waiting list in November and March (when typically counseling centers are busiest)?
- Does the school have an infirmary where students who need brief or extended care can stay when hospitalization isn’t required?
- Who should a student call if there is an emergency in the dormitory?
- Can my child’s medication be monitored, and is there a separate cost for that?
- In what circumstances would a student be referred to a health provider or hospital outside the college community?
- What local facilities does the college refer students to?
- What kinds of mental health services outside the college community will the school insurance cover? (Be sure to check with your own provider also. Your child may need to come home to see a participating provider.)
- Have the faculty, staff, and residential staff been trained to identify and properly refer students struggling with mental health issues?
- How does the student contact the counseling center to make an appointment?
- What are your guidelines on confidentiality? Under what circumstances would I be contacted?
Five Things Students Want Parents to Remember
As a university counselor, I have had the opportunity to listen to hundreds of students share their concerns. Over the years, I have compiled 5 themes that are very common among students in regards to their relationship with their parents during this developmental phase of their lives. As a result, I believe it is important to share with parents, the various points their students would like them to know.
- Dawn Harner, LCSW-C