Faculty & Staff About Counseling Services Making a Referral Signs and Symptoms Suggestions for Working with Distressed Students
HOW: Encourage the student to come to the
WHO: Any enrolled FAMU student whose behavior or verbalizations may suggest that counseling may be beneficial. See list of Signs and Symptoms below.
WHEN: Referrals should be made during normal business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm. If an emergency arises after 5:00 pm, call the FAMU police department at 599-3256.
WHERE: The office is located at 636 Gamble Street (across from FAMU Village).
WHY: How your students function socially and emotionally can have a significant impact on how they perform academically. Let students know that counseling is not only acceptable, it is recommended that they obtain counseling services to help improve their overall functioning.
If you have further questions about making a referral, please call our office at 599-3145 for further assistance.
For safety reasons, if the student’s behavior appears to be harmful to himself/herself or to others, call 911 and ask for the FAMU Public Safety. This will expedite appropriate care for the student.
Rules and laws governing confidentiality prohibit the staff from discussing any aspects of the referred student’s situation with any one unless the student signs a Release of Information Consent form. There are some exceptions to this law. If the student presents a threat to himself or someone else, or if child or elderly abuse is suspected, safety supercedes confidentiality.
Many students initially seek assistance from faculty or staff members. Below are guidelines for identifying students in distress:
Counselor in the Classroom
The Counselor in the Classroom Program can be utilized by any faculty member. When a faculty member has to be absent from a class, if given two week’s notice, OCS staff may be able to meet with the class and provide educational programming. To schedule educational programming simply complete the Request a Program form and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-599-3145.
Faculty and staff who wish to receive counseling services may call the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-272-7252.
Faculty & Staff
About Counseling Services
Making a Referral
Signs and Symptoms
Suggestions for Working with Distressed Students