Counseling Services provides consultation to students, faculty, or staff at UMSL. We offer workshops on team-building, helping troubled employees, reaching out to students in distress, conflict resolution, and crisis management. In the past, we have served as consultants for students experiencing roommate difficulties or conflicts in student organizations. We also meet with students, faculty, or staff on an individual basis who are concerned about a friend’s distress. (Read more about Helping A Friend.)
Counseling Services staff are available, at the invitation of faculty, to speak to classes on a variety of topics. See our "Don't Cancel Class" page for a more detailed description of this program. (You can also check the Program Topics link for a complete listing of our workshops and presentations.)
For faculty, staff, and students who are seeking referral to an off-campus counselor, we provide consultation and have an extensive list of referral options in the community.
Counseling Services’ professional psychologists provide the following consultation services to faculty:
- Telephone consultation to discuss your concerns about a troubled or troubling student and to generate options for intervention and/or referral.
- Emergency counseling sessions for students in crisis. You are welcome to call ahead, to let us know the student needs to be seen immediately. If you are concerned about whether the student will arrive safely, you may want to walk the student to our office.
- Crisis visits (“House Calls”) to your office to talk with the student and assist in emergency interventions.
- CS staff can be available at your office to offer support to a student who is getting “bad news” (e.g., being released from a program or department). In most cases, we would meet with the student privately after they meet with you.
- CS staff can meet with you and a disruptive student, to work on clarifying expectations and a plan for behavioral improvement.
- Counseling Services staff will look at a student’s written work and offer an opinion of whether there is sufficient concern to follow up with the student.
- When you have made a referral, we will give the student the option to release information to you that they have attended counseling. (This is only done with written permission.)