You may call the Counseling Center at 509-335-4511 for a consultation about the student. The staff will be glad to talk with you about any worries or concerns you may have.You can discuss your concerns with the student and listen for the reponse. Talking about a problem or labeling a crisis does not make it worse. It is the first step toward seeking help.
You may also call the Office of the Dean of Students at 509-335-5757 to make them aware of your concern.
The AWARE Network is a resource for faculty, TAs, and other who are concerned about a student’s well-being, behavior, or health. If you are worried about a student’s academic performance, or behavior in or out of class, you may send an AWARE Network report at http://aware.wsu.edu.
It is acceptable to stay “in role” as a faculty/staff member. Refer the students to the resources that are in place to help.
Remember, if you encounter a student who is using substances, it is ultimately up to them to decide how to seek help. Being supportive and suggesting options will empower the student by allowing them to regain control over their life.
Counseling Services can provide consultations, technical training, curriculum ideas, and special presentations on issues that affect student well-being. Please contact us for help.