家长须知

MCLA 咨询服务 is committed to providing quality services to enrolled students. As college mental health professionals, we recognize that for many students, personal, developmental, or psychological challenges may arise during their time at MCLA, and may jeopardize their ability to fully benefit from their educational experience. 我们的 staff aims to help and support students as they struggle with these challenges.

We know that for most students, parents continue to play an important role in their 生活. While the college years typically present significant changes in the relationship between parent and child, re搜索 (as well as our own experience) suggests that those students who maintain positive and trusting relationships with their parents experience fewer struggles in the areas of college adjustment and self-esteem, and tend to make 在学校有更好的行为选择.

We believe that the college years ideally encourage increased independence and autonomy for students, however we also recognize and respect the ongoing role you will play 在你孩子的成长和幸福中. To this end, we offer the following information in the spirit of hoping that you will assist us in our efforts to be of service to 你的学生.  

认识到潜在问题的迹象
As a parent, you may have access to "information" that may be relevant to 你的学生's 心理健康. The following verbal and behavioral signs may be suggestive 潜在问题的:潜在问题的:

  • 攻击性或威胁性行为
  • Social withdrawal, or other marked change in social habits
  • 个人卫生有明显改变
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, or exercise
  • 体重急剧减少或增加
  • 过度哭泣或情绪变化
  • 能量水平的显著变化(e.g.(无精打采或多动)
  • Noticeable changes potentially associated with drinking or drug use
  • Increases in pessimism, hopelessness, or helplessness
  • 改变学习习惯.g., a historically hard-working student who seems not 不再关心学习成绩了)
  • 怪异行为(e).g.、偏执、奇怪的说话方式)
  • 提到自杀或死亡
  • Any other behaviors or symptoms which represent a distinct departure from the behavior 你总是从你的孩子身上看到

Some general guidelines for how to respond to your concerns

  • 不要“拖到明天”." Bring up issues and concerns with 你的学生 as 一旦你开始注意到问题. 忽视令人不安的行为是不可能的 “让它消失."
  • Have a caring, concerned, nonjudgmental discussion in private, at a time and place that is conducive to a meaningful conversation.
  • Listen to 你的学生 at least as much as you talk to them.
  • Avoid the tendency to be critical or judgmental.
  • Avoid the temptation to offer easy solutions to problems, or to "take care of everything" for 你的学生; rather, problem-solve with them regarding specific actions they 可能需要面对他们的问题.
  • 了解自己的极限. 父母 are an incredibly powerful part of a student's life, but sometimes deferring to professional help is appropriate and called for.

转介心理咨询服务
In many cases, 你的学生 may be hesitant regarding seeking professional help. 他们 may need to know that you don't see them as a "failure" or as "weak" for doing so. If, indeed, you have decided to recommend to 你的学生 that they seek our services (or other professional mental health services), be prepared to give specific information regarding cost (free), location (MountainOne Student Wellness Center, 2nd Floor), and how to make an appointment (by calling 413-662-5331). 你可以建议你的 student "give counseling a try" by attending one session. Finally, be realistic; sometimes a seed or two needs to be planted before a student "hears" others' concerns and actually 通过咨询转介坚持到底. 然而,如果有明确和迫在眉睫的 danger to 你的学生 or somebody else, respond more aggressively by contacting your local hospital emergency room, your local police, or MCLA公共安全部门. 5100.

理解保密

You and 你的学生 should understand that as required by state and federal law, as well as professional ethical codes, mental health professionals are obligated to protect the privacy and confidentiality of their clients and their disclosures. 在那里 are exceptions to confidentiality (outlined more extensively on the 保密 Page of our website), which typically involve imminent danger to self or others, but in general, students expect (and we honor) protection of their confidences. 这些 confidentiality requirements remain in effect even when a parent has made the referral 为自己的学生提供咨询服务. Please understand that while we will respect our students' confidences, and comply with the law, we will certainly listen to concerns about a student from interested parties, including, of course, parents.