What is a consultation?
Sometimes you may have a question or concern and
you're not sure if you need to meet with a counselor. Counselors are available
to answer questions if you have concerns about yourself or someone else. Some
common consultation issues are:
Whether someone should get help
How to talk to someone about getting help
Understanding a mental health problem better
Consultation describes when a Counseling
Center staff member provides professional expertise to someone other than a
current counseling client (e.g. a family member, faculty or staff, or another
student) about mental health issues. Consultations are usually about a
distressed student but may also be about specific mental health diagnoses,
career paths, residence hall conflicts, etc.
Consultations are not legally confidential
because the legal privilege extends only to clients; however, we use our
discretion regarding what information we share and we do our best to discuss
confidentiality with faculty, staff, and students when they consult with us.
There may be some situations where information from a consultation would be
shared with others, including the Student Development team that meets in regard
to distressed or disturbed students. We would make every effort to discuss this
with you in such situations.
How to Get the Most From a Consult With
the Counseling Center
State that you're looking for a consultation
(versus making a referral or arranging an appointment, etc.)
If possible give a 1-2 sentence summary at
the beginning to orient the consultant.
Clarify what you're looking for, what
questions you want answered or what type of suggestions or feedback you're
looking for. This helps the consultant know where you need help.
If you're not sure what you're looking for, just say you want any general
feedback the consultant can give.
Have the facts at hand, including direct
statements by people involved.
Be aware of limits on confidentiality and
address them up-front.