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Recognizing and Assisting Students in Emotional Distress
Students encounter a great deal of stress (e.g. academic, social, family, work, financial, and cultural) during their educational experience at the University. Although most cope successfully with the demands of college life, for some the pressures can become overwhelming.
We at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) believe there is a powerful rationale for faculty and staff to intervene when they encounter a student in distress. Your expression of concern and interest may be an important factor in helping a student regain the emotional equilibrium necessary for academic success.
We are not suggesting that faculty and staff members function as counselors. Rather, we hope that this brochure will help you assess a potentially difficult situation and provide you with specific ideas about what you can do when you are confronted with a student in distress.