Referral Guide | Description of Counseling Services | Role of Faculty & Staff | Recognizing Students in Distress | Guidelines for Dealing with Distressed Students | Making a Referral for Counseling | Helping the Reluctant | Scheduling an Appointment | Confidentiality | Resources
Students should make their own appointments if possible. You can assist this process by offering the student immediate use of your phone. To schedule an appointment, call (615) 460-6856 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The office manager will arrange for an intake appointment as soon as possible. Intake appointments are usually scheduled 2 to 5 days from the date of contact. If you or the student thinks the matter is urgent and needs immediate attention, the student can be seen for an emergency appointment that day. Whenever possible, please contact us to let us know you are referring the student to us. This will help us prepare for the student when he/she arrives.
During the initial visit, which lasts 15-30 minutes, the intake coordinator begins an assessment of the student’s needs and the ways in which counseling might be able to help.
If the student and the intake coordinator agree that further counseling is appropriate, the student is assigned a therapist for individual counseling. Group and couples counseling are also available. Some students are referred to community resources for specialized or continued counseling. Others may leave the initial interview feeling able to handle their problems on their own. Students can always return to Counseling Services if additional services would be useful.