If you are unsure of how to handle a specific student, call Counseling and Psychological Services at 805-437-2088. A brief consultation may help you sort out the relevant issues, explore alternative approaches and identify other resources.

CAPS offers a variety of treatment options for CI students. Early intervention is preferable to crisis intervention. Encourage students to seek help confronting, coping with and resolving personal problems before they develop into major obstacles to their success.

If you feel that professional counseling might be beneficial, refer the student to CAPS. Be direct in letting the student know that you believe a therapist would be of help in this situation. Inform the student that the services are confidential and covered by student health fees. If the student is resistant; simply restate your concerns and recommendations. An independent decision by the student to seek help is best.

If the student's situation is life-threatening (to self or others), it is critical that the student or faculty member call 911 immediately.

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