The college experience can present many unique challenges for students and their families. To help make the college transition easier:
The counseling center provides consultation to parents 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, and how to locate an appropriate mental health treatment provider.
Educational sessions by request
To schedule a consultation, call the counseling center at 724-847-4081.
Confidentiality is an essential part of any counseling relationship. Geneva College Counseling Center staff members adhere to the ethical standards of their respective professions and to state and federal laws of 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 or has not been seen at the center or is making progress in counseling. The only exceptions occur when a student is under 17.5 years of age, when we are concerned that a student is clearly and imminently suicidal, when we learn of ongoing child abuse, or when we are ordered by a court of law to release confidential information.
Many students prefer to keep their counseling completely private, and such privacy is typically vital for successful counseling. Assuming your student is, however, willing to have one of the counselors discuss his or her participation in counseling with you, one good way to arrange for this by asking your student to have the counselor call you during a counseling session. The counselor will then have your student complete and sign the necessary form, and may call you using a speaker telephone so that all concerned can participate in the conversation. Note that, in general, counseling is best served if everything parents have to share with the counselor is also shared with their student.
Even if your student doesn't give his or her counselor permission to provide information to you, you may choose to contact a counselor to share your concerns. Such contact may make sense, for example, if you are concerned that your student is in serious danger. Note, however, that the counselor will not be able to even acknowledge knowing your student, and that the counselor will want to discuss any information you provide with the student.
Please contact Amy Solman, Director of Counseling Services, if you have any questions: 724-847-4081 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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