Georgia Tech students typically encounter a great deal of stress (academic, social, family, work, financial) during the course of their educational experience. While most students cope successfully with the demands of college life, for some the pressures can become overwhelming and unmanageable. Every year, a significant number of students have their education and personal lives disrupted by psychological problems. When left untreated, these problems can have serious negative consequences including academic failure and even withdrawal from Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, many students fail to get the assistance they need because of denial, a lack of information about campus resources, or a lack of knowledge about the early signs of psychological distress.
As a faculty or staff member interacting daily with students, you are in an excellent position to recognize potential problems. You could well be the first person a student reaches out to for help. Your ability to recognize the signs of emotional distress and to make an initial intervention can have a significant impact on a student’s future well-being. Remember, your role as a faculty member with the students is to listen, show concern, and make a referral. The mission of the Georgia Tech Counseling Center is to serve the Tech community and we want to offer you assistance in identifying distressed students in order to facilitate appropriate referrals to the Counseling Center.
If you believe that a student should be seen at The Counseling Center for an urgent consultation, please call us at 404-894-2575. If this is after hours or on the weekend, please access our crisis consultation line by calling our main number at 894-2575 and following the prompts. If a student asks you for help, or if you recognize that a student is in significant distress, this may be reason enough to call the Counseling Center for advice.
Consultation involves collaborations with faculty, staff, students, parents and family members seeking advice and information on issues of concern. Most commonly, consultation allows community members the opportunity to get advice on how best to help or guide Georgia Tech students who may be experiencing distress. Consultation with a Counseling Center staff member may involve an in-person meeting or via telephone. You can reach the Counselor-On-Call at any time (24/7) by calling 404.894.2575. For non-urgent matters, it is best to call during our regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm).
Issues commonly addressed in consultation include:
- Understanding how students can access counseling services
- Identifying resources for students’ mental health, academic, or career concerns
- Preparation to speak with a student in distress
Faculty/staff and parents may contact the Counseling Center to consult with a therapist about options for responding in the hours or days that follow an emergency. Depending on the nature of the incident, individuals who are directly affected may be referred to individual counseling or the referral services at the Counseling Center.