During the process of your teaching or advising, faculty members may encounter students who are experiencing learning problems, psychological problems or showing signs of distress. Many students may view a faculty member as a compassionate and respectful listener and seek them out for assistance with a crisis situation or simple adjustment difficulties.
Behaviors to recognize students in distress:
There are a variety of behaviors that may indicate that a student is in distress. These behaviors include:
- avoidance of classroom participation
- excessive anxiety when called upon
- exaggerated emotional responses (inappropriate to the situation)
- sudden changes in classroom behavior (attendance, grades, attention)
- depressed or lethargic mood
- unexplained crying
- irritability or angry outbursts
- changes in personal hygiene or dress
- dramatic weight loss or gain
- strange or bizarre behavior indicating loss of contact with reality
- expression of thoughts of helplessness or hopelessness
- overt references to suicidal and homicidal threats
Consultations are a regular part of our services and are frequently used by concerned faculty and staff to determine an appropriate course of action. Faculty members concerned about a student or a situation but are uncertain how to proceed may call Student Health Services at (956) 882-3896 to speak to a counselor.
Student Health Services clinical counselors are available to faculty to provide seminars and outreach programs to their classes. If a faculty member will be out for the day, s/he may contact SHS to schedule for a curriculum immersion seminar.
This is an important medium in promoting student adjustment and development in university life. Preparation time for these requests are will required 2-4 weeks to accommodate SHS staff schedules.
Topics may include Sexually Transmitted Infections, Neurobiology & Social Consequences of Addiction, Communication, Stress & Time Management, Intimate Partner Violence, Adjustment to College Life, and Test Anxiety Resolution.
To schedule a curriculum immersion, please contact Student Health Services at (956) 882-3896.