For WCC Faculty/Staff
On this page:
- Referral Process & Connecting Students to Services
- Faculty/Staff Referral Form
- Class and Advisement Recommendations
- Your Mental Health Matters Too!
Licensed Mental Health Professionals are available to provide guidance and consultation with college faculty and staff who have concerns about a student or situation involving students. Consultation can take place over the phone, Zoom, or in-person. Licensed Mental Health Professionals can help faculty and staff develop action plans for navigating difficult classroom/student situations. Licensed Mental Health Professionals cannot provide faculty or staff members with any identifying or specific student information unless written permission is given by the student.
Referral Process & Connecting Students to Services
Services are not mandated. Students reserve the right to not engage with the Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services.
Reasons for Referring a Student to Mental Health and Couseling Services 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 Licensed Mental Health Professionals will review the referral form and reach out to the student within 24-48 business hours.
Licensed Mental Health Professionals 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 Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services does not guarantee student’s follow-through with services.
Supporting Students in Distress Training
The Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services offers a 1-hour training designed for WCC Faculty and Staff to support their students. In this training, we discuss warning signs that a student may be experiencing a mental health issue, give tips on how to support this student, and walk you through the best way of connecting this student with our services.
If you’ve taken our training while on campus, we encourage you to take it again as this training specifies how to support student’s remotely.
Upcoming Training Dates:
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer):
This training takes less than an hour, and could ultimately save a life. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based emergency mental health intervention for people at risk of suicide. The goal of QPR is to recognize a suicide crisis, interrupt it, and direct the person to appropriate care. Like CPR, QPR works to increase an at-risk individual’s chance of survival. People trained in QPR are taught to recognize the warning signs of suicide, which include depression, expressions of hopelessness, and talk of suicide. They are then taught how to respond.
Part of #ReachOut SUNY– SUNY is encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to take this free QPR crisis intervention training before the end of the semester.
Take the Free Training Online:
- Go to the QPR Training website by clicking here, or going to this link: https://www.qprtraining.com/setup.php
- Enter “SUNY” in the “Organization Code” field.
- Create an account using your @ suny.edu email address.
- Follow the instructions to complete the training.
Your Mental Health Matters Too!
The Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services 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 Community Resources page. Your mental health matters too!
Employee Wellbeing Support- A Partnership with NY Project Hope
The Department of Mental Health & Counseling Services and WCC Human Resources has partnered with NY Project Hope to offer virtual support groups for WCC employees throughout the Fall 2021 semester. Connect with your fellow coworkers, share your thoughts and feelings during this time of transition, and get the support you deserve in a safe and confidential virtual space. RSVP to session here.
*All employees who attend can utilize release time with supervisory approval.*