Faculty and Staff Resources
As individuals who work closely with UK students, you may encounter distressed students in your offices or classrooms. Your role could be a crucial and positive one in identifying and referring students who are experiencing some difficulty with academic, career, or personal concerns.
What You Can Do
You may want to call for a consultation to discuss your concerns about a student. One of our clinicians will help you clarify what may be the most helpful way to approach the student, including a possible referral. For more information, please visit our Consultation web page.
Talk to the student directly and express your concern. Give the student the Counseling Center phone number (257-8701) and website and encourage them to make an appointment.
If the situation is a crisis/urgent: Call the Counseling Center (257-8701) and state, "This is a crisis/urgent situation. The student needs an appointment immediately."
If a student has a weapon or threatens you, call 911.
We consider a situation to be a crisis when there is:
- Imminent danger of physical harm to self and/or others, and/or
- Disabling emotional distress, e.g., insomnia, uncontrollable crying, agitation, inability to manage daily tasks.
What We Do
Assessment of the Student
In the initial consultation a clinician will assess the student's needs and what services may be appropriate. The following options may be considered:
- Further assessment using career, learning skills, and/or psychological testing
- Individual, group, couples, or family counseling sessions
- Referral to other departments or services on campus and/or in the community
Services Offered at the Counseling Center
- Crisis intervention
- Time-limited individual counseling
- Career assessment and counseling
- Self-exploration groups
- Couples counseling
- Grief interventions
- Focused short-term groups
- Psychological assessment
- Outreach presentations
We understand that you may be interested in the progress of the student you have referred; however, we are bound by the principles of confidentiality as defined by the Ethical Principles of Psychologists (American Psychological Association) and can release information only with written permission from the client.
- Answer your questions concerning steps to take in assisting students in coming to the Counseling Center
- Offer you information about psychological concerns and problems in general
- Say whether a student is being seen here or has kept an appointment
- Discuss the content of sessions
- Discuss treatment plans or progress
A student may find it in his/her best interest for information to be shared with faculty, staff, a family member or significant other. A student must complete a release form (Form is a PDF document.) to the counseling center for information to be shared with anyone. The release form must be completed, signed, and dated. It can be completed online, hand-delivered, faxed to (859) 257-3319, or mailed to the Counseling Center at 106 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.
Who is Eligible
Any fee-paying student enrolled for at least 6 credit-bearing hours at the University of Kentucky can use Counseling Center services. Fee-paying students are eligible for summer services if they are enrolled in at least one credit-bearing credit either summer session, or paid for at least 6 credit-bearing hours in the spring and are pre-registered for 6 credit-bearing hours the next fall. Masters students and Doctoral candidates registered for 0 credit thesis/dissertation hours are eligible during any semester.