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the student’s fears and concerns about seeking help. Let
the student know that it is because of your concern for
him/her that you are referring him/her to an expert.
End the conversation in a way that will allow you or the
student to revisit the subject at another time. Keep lines of
communication open. Invite the student back to follow up.
If you have an urgent concern about a student’s safety,
stay with the student and notify campus counseling,
campus security or, if you think appropriate, the police.
HELP FOR YOURSELF, COLLEAGUES, OR FAMILY
MEMBERS
Find out whether your school has an employee assistance
program (EAP). EAP’s typically offer services for employees,
their dependents, and retirees. EAP counselors usually
provide assessment, referral, and brief counseling services
that are free and confidential. Dealing with a student in
distress may be physically, mentally, and/or emotionally
draining. EAP professionals can “debrief” with campus
community members to restore a sense of equilibrium.
Distressed and Distressing?
Sometimes when students are distressed, they “act out” in
ways that are inappropriate or even disruptive to your class.
If you have a student who exhibits this kind of behavior,
communicate your observations to your school’s academic
advising/student services staff or your campus “Threat
Assessment Team” (TAT, see below). They can help connect