Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services

For Parents and Family

The primary objective of the Counseling and Psychological Services is to help students with personal, emotional and adjustment problems so that they can be successful in college. Family are usually the first to notice changes in their student's behavior, attitudes, or emotional stability that might indicate a problem. Talk with your student about your concerns. Let your student know that emotional adjustment problems are common among college students and that the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help.

We offer an array of services for your student, including:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Educational Outreach Workshops
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychiatric services and medication options.
  • Sexual Assault Advocacy
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling/recovery support
  • Case Management 

Your Student Might Need Counseling If...

  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness in their futures
  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function day to day. For example, they are unable to concentrate on assignments and their class performance suffers as a result
  • Their actions are harmful to themselves or others
  • They are troubled by emotional difficulties facing family members or close friends
  • They just need someone to talk to.
  • They have been in counseling and mental health services before and would like follow-up and continued support

How to Refer Your Student for Counseling

The best way to refer your student for counseling is to encourage her or him to come by or call (910-521-6202) to make an appointment. During the initial consultation, your student will meet with a staff counselor to determine how CAPS can best meet your student's needs. Following the initial consultation, our staff will review with your student the options that will be best to fit the concern including working with off campus providers when appropriate. 

Resources for Parents

Many of the departments on campus offer support and resources tailored specifically towards parents and their student.

A Note About Confidentiality

If your student is eighteen or older, federal and state law prohibits us from acknowledging that your student is a client or discussing his or her case in any way without specific written permission from your student. This law applies whether or not you have referred your student to us or have discussed your student's situation with us before he or she becomes a client. If you wish to follow-up with us after referring or discussing your student, please encourage your student to sign a written authorization form with the provider. We strive to support and develop strong relationships between the student and their support networks, family members are a critical part of a students support network during college and throughout life. In that spirit we encourage students to talk with family about concerns when it is agreed that doing so will further healing and support the therapeutic work.