Making a Referral

Making a Referral 

The majority of our referrals come from staff and faculty who often are the first to know that a student might be in distress. Every referral you make helps us connect with students who may not have otherwise sought help - Thank you! 

 Contact Information
  • Questions for a counselor, or to make an introduction email:
Reasons to refer a student for counseling:
  • Someone stating verbally, through email, or in an assignment that they need help 
  • Traumatic change in personal relationship 
  • Loss of a loved one 
  • Substance Abuse/Addictive Behavior 
  • Unusual Appearance 
  • Swollen or red eyes 
  • A change in personal hygiene or dress 
  • Dramatic weight loss or gain 
  • Sudden and dramatic decline in academic performance 
  • Requests for special consideration, but not comfortable sharing the reason for the request 
  • Unusual or exaggerated emotional response to events 
  • Depressed or lethargic mood 
  • Overwhelming anxiety 
  • Social isolation, withdrawal from usual social interaction 
  • Disruptive behavior 
  • Irrational worrying or expressions of fear 
  • Other circumstances causing concern 

How to Make a Referral 

If you think a student might benefit from meeting with a counselor, speak directly to the student in a caring and straightforward tone in a private area. Be specific regarding the observed behaviors that have raised your concern. Share information about the college's Counseling Services and how they can access it themselves, or offer to start the conversation by sending an email to introduce the student as someone interested in learning more about counseling.  

Tips when engaging with a student who may benefit from counseling:
  • Remind students that seeking help is a sign of strength and courage rather than a sign of weakness or failure. 
  • Normalize going to counseling (e.g., "many students go to counseling to talk about their stress, relationships, or academic difficulties...") 
  • Discuss the benefits of counseling (e.g., "Talking to a counselor might help you feel less alone with all that you are going through and to figure out strategies to get back on track academically.")
Last Modified: 3/25/24