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Referral Guide for Faculty & Staff

A referral guide for faculty and staff:

As a member of the campus community, you may be one of the first to become aware of a student in distress or at risk. 

The Wellness Center is available for faculty and staff consultation regarding concerns about a student.  We can discuss the appropriateness of a referral and help facilitate the process.  The Wellness Center is also available to attend faculty and staff department meetings to review how to recognize problem behaviors and initiate referrals to the Wellness Center.

 

 

When to refer:

 

How to refer:

After observing problem behaviors, here’s how to approach the student:

When to reach out for help:

The following indicators can be important signs of distress, particularly when they interfere with a student’s health and/or social and academic functioning:

You may notice one or more of these signs and decide that something is clearly wrong. Or you may just have a “gut feeling” that something’s amiss.

Either way, you should take these signs – and your intuition – seriously. Most people who attempt suicide, self-harm, or violence give some warning of their intentions.

Any reference of threat to harm self or others should be judged as serious.  If you perceive there is imminent danger, call University Police at 911 or 518-255-5555.  Then place a call to the Wellness Center at 518-255-5225.

Behavioral Assessment Team

The primary focus of BAT is prevention and early intervention for students who are going through a difficult time. BAT is made up of members from the following offices;  Under the guidance of the  Assistant VP for Student Development, this team will meet once every two weeks (more often if situations warrant) to discuss students of concern.  Information regarding “students at risk” will be shared, and the level of support and intervention will be determined.  Appropriate actions will be implemented as a result of this collaborative team effort.

If you have concerns about a student to be reviewed by the team you may contact Matt Lalonde, Interim VP of Student Development at 518-255-5215