Student Life

Quick Referral Guide

Making A Referral To Counseling

Even though you may be genuinely concerned about students, and interested in helping them, you may find yourself in situations where it would be better to refer them to other resources. Circumstances that might necessitate a referral include:

When you have helped the student as much as you can but they still require more.

For many people personal interaction with students is a primary the reason for working at Roberts. However, all employees also have regular duties to perform and some students simply require more time than you can give. Keeping good boundaries with students (i.e. how much time you spend, what topics you discuss, etc.) will help provide safety and wellbeing for the students as well as yourself.

When the student is talking about specific issues outside your realm of expertise.

People's comfort level around discussing various topics will differ - however, it is important to remember that, whatever position you are in, students typically take advice very literally and seriously. Ethically it is important to bear in mind that personal experience is not a substitute for grounded knowledge in a particular area. There are also potential liability issues to consider as well, when we choose to advise beyond the level of our expertise.

When a student asks for help

Students may make an appointment to talk with a member of the CC staff by calling x6882. Some students may ask for this information directly while others, who are unaware of the problem or too timid to ask may require more encouragement. If you are concerned about a student or have noticed changes in behavior have a straightforward talk with him/her about your observations and concerns. If the situation merits, encourage students to seek our services at the Counseling Center.