How to Help Students (Big Red Folder) An Overview for Faculty/Staff
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a multidisciplinary team of psychologists and counselors that work collaboratively with students and psychiatric providers. We help students explore their feelings and thoughts and learn helpful ways to improve their mental, psychological and emotional well-being when issues arise. Services include:
- Crisis services
- Individual and couples counseling
- Support and therapy groups
- Screenings and assessments
- Alcohol/drug screening and counseling
- Eating disorders treatment
- Workshops and presentations
Although Counseling and Psychological Services does not provide medication evaluation and referral services, we can collaborate with specialty providers for medication management.
What is Your Role in Keeping Our Students Safe?
You are in a good position to spot someone who may be emotionally distressed. While some of this is expected, especially during stressful times of the year, you may notice someone acting in a way that is inconsistent with your normal experience with that person. You are an important resource in times of trouble, and your expression of interest and concern may be critical in helping the student. You also may be able to alert the university so that an appropriate intervention can be made.WHEN IN DOUBT, CALL 911 OR CONSULT WITH COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (402.472.7450)
|IF THE STUDENT||TAKE ACTION|
||University Police Department
Campus Phone: 2-2222
Cell Phone: 402.472.2222
||University Police Department
||Counseling and Psychological Services
follow prompts for after hours assistance
Voices of Hope 24-Hour Crisis Line
||Student Advocacy and Support
Submit student referrals online
||Services for Students with Disabilities
||University Health Center Medical Clinic
||Institutional Equity and Compliance
When Working with Distressed Students
Possible Signs of Distress
- Marked change in performance or behavior
- Excessive absence or tardiness
- Decreased motivation/concentration
- Increased irritability or anxiety
- Exaggerated emotional response that is inappropriate to the situation
- Increased isolation or sadness
- Hyperactivity or very rapid speech
- Marked change in personal hygiene, including weight loss or gain
- Excessive confusion
- Bizarre or erratic behavior
- References to suicide (e.g., feelings of helplessness or hopelessness)
- References to homicide or assault
If a Student Tells You of a Sexual Assault
- Stay calm and listen. Create an environment where the student can talk and share.
- Offer your support. Let the student know that she or he is not to blame for what happened.
- Let them know that you believe and support them.
- Empower the student by telling them they have a right to be safe and free from violence.
- Be honest and up front about reporting the abuse or getting support.
- Help them find resources to talk with individuals who are trained on these topics:
Counseling and Psychological Services — 402.472.7450
Victim Advocacy — 402.472.3553
- Responsible Employees should report the incident right away to Institutional Equity and Compliance (402.472.3417).
Working with Disruptive Individuals
What is disruptive behavior?
Behavior that interferes with the campus's learning environment is considered disruptive.
It is important to recognize that the period of peak anger usually lasts for a brief period of time.
- Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention
- Aggressive or defiant behavior
- Words or actions that intimidate or harass another
- Words or actions that cause another to fear for her/his personal safety
How can I respond to a disruptive person?
- SAFETY FIRST
- Do not ignore disruptive behavior
- Remember that anger usually passes quickly
- Calmly let the student know that the behavior is inappropriate
- Disruptive behavior should be documented