Counseling Center
 

How Can You Help?

While grappling with the concerns listed above is normal and to be expected, it can be painful to watch your son or daughter struggle. Here are some suggestions to consider as you respond to these situations:

 

 

 

How Can I Tell If My Student Is in Serious Distress?

Many of the problems students face are relatively temporary and students recover fairly quickly. However, if the intensity or persistence of the problems makes it hard for your student to function effectively for longer than a few weeks (e.g., the student is not acting like her/his "normal self," grades are declining, withdrawal from family and friends), or if your student is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, it is advisable to encourage your student to come to the Counseling Center right away. We recommend that you allow your son or daughter to take the initiative in accessing our services. Part of the therapeutic process involves him/her taking responsibility for his/her well-being by taking the initiative to schedule an appointment. To access services your student can stop by the Counseling Center, located on the first floor of Jonsson Tower, or call (518) 580-5555 to schedule an appointment.

Services Provided by the Skidmore College Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides free, confidential services for Skidmore students, including short-term individual and group counseling, emergency psychological services, and outreach programming.

The Counseling Center also provides consultations to parents who are concerned about their students. Such consultations can focus on a range of issues, including how to assist a student experiencing a difficult situation, how to refer a student to the Center, or how to locate appropriate mental health treatment for student. To secure a consultation, call the Counseling Center at (518) 580-5555 and ask to speak with a counselor.

Student Confidentiality and Parents

Confidentiality is an essential part of the counseling relationship we establish with students, and the Counseling Center staff adheres to ethical and legal standards regarding confidentiality. These standards and laws prevent us from speaking with concerned parents about their student's contact with the Center unless we have the student's written permission. Thus, unless your student gives us written permission, we cannot acknowledge whether your student has been seen at the Center, is attending therapy or medication consultation sessions or anything about the content of what your student might share with us. The only exceptions to this legally and ethically mandated confidentiality occur when a student is under 18 years of age or if there is a serious concern about a student's imminent safety or the safety of others.

Please contact Julia Routbort, Ph.D., Director of the Counseling Center, if you have any questions about our confidentiality standards.

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