Dealing with Students in Distress: A Guide for Faculty, Staff and Administrators
As faculty and staff, you come into contact with many students on a daily basis. You are on the "front lines" and, as such, are in an excellent position to observe students, identify those who may be in emotional distress, and offer assistance.
While your concern and support may often be enough to help the student, there will be times when you may feel a referral for additional professional assistance is warranted.
Behavioral changes and stressful events in student's lives which may warrant counseling. It is critical to bear in mind that while you may be a key source of support for a student, you can't be expected to do it all.
When you feel particularly concerned about a distressed student, please feel free to consult with Counseling Center staff or the Dean of Students Office (the forms below may be submitted after hours as well). Note that walk-in services are available at the Counseling Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., most weekday afternoons (call CAPS at 509-359-2366 for more information).
ICARE Form (to alert the Student Care Team)
Student Conduct/Incident Report Form (not for imminent risk)
Faculty and Staff Resource Guide