Counselors are available at the Citadel Counseling Center to provide telephone or in-person consultations with students concerned about other students. Whenever there is any doubt about whether or not a student could benefit from seeking assistance at the Citadel Counseling Center, please call and we will be glad to discuss the situation with you. Additional information about "Consultation" is located in the "Consultation & Education" section of our website.
How Can I Recognize a Student in Distress?
At one time or another, students may feel depressed or upset. Students may experience increased stress due to personal or family problems, academic difficulties, or crises such as the death of a loved one. As a result, their behavior may change or their academic performance may deteriorate. These students may benefit from counseling.
The following lists may help to identify some symptoms which, when present over a period of time, suggest that the problems with which the student is dealing are more serious than the "normal" ones.
Marked Change in Behavior
Unusual Behavior or Appearance
References to Emotional or Life Stressors
References to Suicide, Homicide or Death
What If I Am Not Sure Whether to Refer a Student or Not?
Counselors are available to provide telephone and in-person consultations with students concerned about students. Whenever there is any doubt about whether or not a student could benefit from seeking assistance at The Counseling Center, please call and we will be glad to discuss the situation with you.
How Do I Approach The Student In Distress?
How Do I Refer A Student for Counseling?
What Information Should I Give the Student?
Before you refer a student to counseling, you should have the following information available:
Services at the Citadel Counseling Center:
Special Urgent Needs:
Emergencies and Hospitalization:
What if The Student Refuses My Help?
Seeking therapy is a personal choice. No one can make the choice for another person. If the person is reluctant or refuses to visit The Counseling Center (and it is not an emergency):
What About Emergencies?
An emergency is defined as situation in which a person's life is in immediate danger (i.e., suicide threat or threat of danger to self or others). Emergencies are more than you, alone, can be expected to help with. In emergency situations involving students who are unwilling or unable to seek help on their own, call The Counseling Center at 953-6799 and speak with one of the counselors. In the event of an emergency, the student can meet with a counselor immediately. If it is after hours, call the Infirmary at 953-6847, Public Safety at 953-5114, or dial 911.
What Can The Student Expect From His or Her First Session?
At the student's first visit to The Counseling Center, he or she will be asked to fill out information forms before seeing a counselor. The student's first appointment with the counselor will typically be an intake interview in which the student and the counselor begin an assessment of the student's needs and the ways in which The Counseling Center or other services might be able to help.
What About Confidentiality?
All services at The Counseling Center will be kept confidential. When a student is referred to The Counseling Center, friends and peers should not call the student's counselor and ask for updates on the student's condition. By law, counselors are not permitted to give anyone any information unless the student has given him or her specific written permission. It is better for the concerned friend to ask the student directly about his or her appointment at The Counseling Center.
The only legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality are the following: