Reasons for Referring a Student to Personal Counseling Department include but are not limited to the following:
- Student Stated Need for Help or Support
- Observed Changes in Mood and/or Behavior
- Anxiety and Depression
- References to Suicide
- Traumatic Life Events or Changes in Personal Relationships (ie: death of family member)
- Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse
- Changes in Physical Health and/or Physical Appearance (ie: noticeable weight change)
- Faculty and Staff must complete the online referral form.
- A Personal Counselor will review the referral form and reach out to the student within 24-48 business hours.
- The Personal Counselors will only reach out to faculty or staff should they have questions, concerns, or require additional information.
- The online referral process is NOT for medical or mental health emergencies or crises.
- Important note: Referring a student to the Personal Counseling Department does not guarantee student’s follow-through with services.
Personal Counselors are available to speak with WCC Faculty and Staff members over the phone, Zoom, or in-person to discuss their concerns about a student or situation. Personal Counselors can help faculty and staff develop action plan for navigating difficult classroom/student situations. Personal Counselors cannot provide any information on specific students receiving PCD services unless written permission is given by the student.
Training for Faculty and Staff
The Personal Counseling Department hosts at least two Supporting Students in Distress trainings a semester. If you’d like to request a training for your department, or would like a Personal Counselor to present on our services to your class, please fill out our PCD Presentation/Training Request form.
Your Mental Health Matters Too!
The Personal Counseling Department is a mental health resource for WCC students, but we recognize that life circumstances can be hard on everyone. If you need mental health support, please visit Westchester County’s Community Mental Health webpage, our Resources tab, or our COVID-19 Resources Tab. Your mental health matters too!