Faculty and staff members play a vital role in identifying students who may benefit from the services provided by the Counseling Center.
Students will often turn to trusted teachers, coaches, and supervisors for informal advice and support. Although you are not expected to provide counseling, it may be helpful for you to become familiar with signs that indicate a student is having difficulties of an emotional or psychological nature so you can respond effectively when students approach you with problems. This section is designed to help you to do the following:
You should consider making a referral to the Counseling Center if you notice any of the following:
Many students are initially hesitant about seeking counseling. When you have decided that professional counseling is indicated, tell the student directly and clearly why you are making the referral.
Counseling is provided to all students enrolled in a degree program. Each student may have up to 15 individual counseling sessions per academic year. If a student has difficulties that cannot be adequately addressed in this time frame, we may suggest other resources that would be more appropriate.
All Counseling Center staff members have experience helping students with a wide range of concerns. Although we will do our best to honor a student’s preference to see a specific counselor, it may result in a longer wait time; therefore, it is preferable to refer students to the Counseling Center rather than to a specific counselor. You are welcome to call the Center and let us know that you have referred a student.
If at any time you become concerned that the student is in immediate danger of harming himself or herself or someone else, you should call the Office of Public Safety at x4444. You may also contact members of the College’s Behavioral Health and Safety Review Committee who can respond to students who are in distress and/or are behaving in a manner that suggests they might pose a danger to themselves or others. The Committee is chaired by the Dean of Students (x5335) and is comprised of the directors of Health, Counseling, and Residence Life and the associate deans of the College.
Counseling Center staff members are required by law and by professional codes of ethics to protect the confidentiality of all contacts with students. The only exceptions occur in cases of imminent danger to self or others or direct reports of child abuse. Without a student’s permission we can discuss neither the content of counseling sessions nor the fact that they are a client of the Counseling Center. These requirements are in effect even when a faculty/staff member has made the original referral to the Center. However, if the student gives his or her permission, we are happy to speak with members of the faculty or staff.
If you have any questions about the services offered by the Center, please feel free to call (610) 330-5005 and request to speak with a counselor.
For those students who wish to seek counseling from an off-campus mental health professional, we offer a referral guide for psychologists in the Lehigh Valley.
Students who are interested in receiving an evaluation for medication are encouraged to consult with the physicians in the Bailey Health Center who coordinate appointments with a consulting psychiatrist.
A number of career and psychological tests are offered to students at no charge. The Counseling Center does not provide testing for learning disabilities.