How to Refer

While students may go to the Counseling Center or to the Office of the Dean of Students on their own, your relationship with them increases the likelihood you will identify signs or behaviors of distress before anyone else. What can you do?


  • Recommend university resources to the student
  • Determine the student’s willingness to go to a helping resource. Reassure students that it is an act of strength to ask for help
  • Dispute the myth that only “weak” or “crazy” people go for counseling or use others for help
  • Remind students that using the Counseling Center’s services are included in previously assessed fees
  • Offer to help make the initial contact with the helping resource
  • Inform students that it is a confidential service as protected by law
  • Complete a Student Behavioral Intervention Team Incident Report