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Counseling Services: How to Refer

How to refer a student to counseling:

Inform the student of your concerns in a manner that is direct while empathetic, affirming, and concerned.

  • Many students will reject the referral at first, feeling that they have "it under control." Avoid arguing with the student. Instead, be firm in your belief that counseling would be helpful to them. Additionally, provide them with feedback that is specific (for example, "I've seen a drastic change in your performance on tests."). Remember that a student's decision to participate in counseling is a personal one.
  • Become familiar with the counselors at WCTC and the services that we provide. This will allow you to make a recommendation and give the student directions about how to make an appointment. Students can call 262-695-3440 and schedule with any counselor.
  • In some cases, you may find it helpful to walk a student to the counseling offices for an immediate intervention. While we try to maintain walk in availability, it is not always possible. Before you come over, please call 262-695-3440 to see if a counselor is available for a walk in appointment. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
  • If you need help in deciding if it is appropriate to make the referral, feel free to contact a counselor and we would be happy to discuss it with you.