If you believe that a student would benefit from talking with a counselor, there are a number of things that you can do to make a referral:

  • Remind the student that our services are free to Bucknell students.
  • Suggest that the student take a look at the Counseling & Student Development Center web page.
  • Remind the student that conversations with counselors are confidential.
  • Offer to make the call with the student to set up an appointment.
  • Remind the student that about 40% of the student's class will have contact with our office by the time they graduate.
  • Offer to walk in with the student at the time of his or her first appointment.
  • If you yourself have ever benefited from talking with a counselor, and you are comfortable with this sort of self-disclosure, share your experience with the student.
  • It may also be helpful to remind the student that in an after-hours emergency he or she can reach the on-call counselor by dialing 570.577.1604 (x71604).

If you believe that the situation is urgent, you may want to . . .

  • Suggest that the student accompany you to our office — no appointment is necessary in an emergency.
  • Follow up with the student and ask about his or her visit to our office.
  • Call our office to consult with one of our counselors.


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