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Information for Parents and Families of Students


Help for Parents

Tips for Supporting Your Son or Daughter When She or He is in Distress

Tips for Encouraging Your Child to Go to Counseling


Help for Parents

As a parent, you will often hear directly about how your son or daughter is adjusting to college and the many academic, social, and lifestyle changes in their lives. You may also infer how they are doing based on their behavior and/or attitude. It can be good to ask questions about your child's experiences at college. It is okay to ask if:

After hearing information regarding some of these issues, you may become alarmed or worried about your son or daughter. If you are wondering if their experience is normal, or if there is something you can do to help, or if there are services on campus that may help your child, you are welcome to call us for a consultation at (859) 257-8701. We often speak with concerned parents to help them be as supportive as possible to their child.

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Tips for Supporting Your Son or Daughter When She or He is in Distress

When you call us for a consultation, we can talk with you about how to provide the above experiences for your child.

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Tips for Encouraging Your Child to Go to Counseling

When you call us for a consultation, we can talk with you about effective ways to encourage your child to seek help at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services.

Once a student comes to UKCC and becomes a client of our center, we can receive information from you about that student. However, we cannot reveal any information to you about the student, including whether or not the student has continued to come to UKCC. The client may waive the right to confidentiality, giving us permission to share information with you, by signing a "Release of Information" statement (Form is a PDF document.) The release form must be completed, signed, and dated. It can be hand-delivered, faxed to (859) 257-3319, or mailed to the Counseling Center at 201 Frazee Hall Lexington, KY 40506-0031. If this form is faxed or mailed, we may require independent verification from the client that this release is authentic and should be acted upon

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