Counseling Services Resources for Faculty

Often faculty and staff will encounter student behavior that is concerning or distressing. The Bristol Community College CARE Team provides guidance and assistance to students who are displaying odd or unusual behaviors, engaging in other behaviors that may be perceived as being harmful to self or others, or who share information that is cause for concern. The CARE Team accepts referrals and responds to students (and their families, faculty, and staff) when concerns for student’s health, welfare, academic performance, and safety are identified.

Any time a student is acting in a manner that is threatening or violent, including making verbal threats of harm to self of others, Campus Police should be contacted immediately at ext. 3911.

Student Counseling and Outreach

Because faculty and staff are often in a unique position to recognize when a student may be having a difficult time, we encourage outreach to the student and making notification to the Care Team when a concern arises. If a student exhibits marked changes in personality, mood, or typical (observed) behavior, it may be an indication of a deeper problem; in these situations, the student may benefit from meeting with a counselor. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to contact Counseling Services to discuss any concerning behavior and to determine the best course of action in making a referral to the Care Team. 

Signs That a Student May Need Support:

  • Uncharacteristic decline in academic work, or athletic performance
  • Uncharacteristic absences from class or other commitments
  • Multiple (repeated) requests for exceptions/special consideration
  • Avoidance of faculty, staff, coaches, and other students
  • Repeatedly confiding in you with personal problems
  • Difficulty speaking or articulating thoughts
  • Noticeable change in personal hygiene
  • Uncharacteristic irritability
  • Excessive procrastination
  • Dramatic weight changes
  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Intense emotional states
  • Indications of substance use/abuse

Referring a Student to Counseling:

When making a referral to counseling, it's important to remember that it's the student's choice to seek and and engage in counseling.  The student has the right to explore the experience to see if it works for him or her. You may recommend that the student come to G-211 to schedule a meeting to discuss counseling, or that the student call extension 2234 to schedule an appointment, or you may, in some cases, choose to walk with the student to G-211. If you would like suggestions how to approach a particular situation, we happy to consult with you regarding the options.