Counseling Services Parent Information

The Staff recognizes that college can be a big step for students and family members alike. Therefore, we've created this section to relate some information about the transitions students and families face when children leave for college and share some of the resources that are available to address the challenges students may face.

Counseling services staff can assist parents in the following ways:

  • Consult with you regarding your son or daughter's adjustment to college and what services or programs might be useful to help with that adjustment.
  • Consult with you regarding your concerns about your son or daughter's functioning in school and how we might assist you with getting him/her appropriate mental health care.
  • Consult with you regarding assessing mental health care in your community for your son or daughter. 

Counseling Services staff can assist students in the following ways:

  • We offer free, confidential services for York College students.
  • Services include individual and group counseling, walk-in consultations, education and support, on-line mental health screenings, emergency psychological services, outreach programming and referrals to community resources.


Getting Students to Services

Parents, faculty, staff and administrators can call or visit Counseling Services for inquiries and/or guidance pertaining to student concerns.  Sometimes, it is difficult being at a distance and knowing that a son or daughter is in distress.  Counseling Services will seek to be supportive and will listen to a parent's concerns.

Parents may offer information that could be invaluable to a student's treatment; however, with the exception of imminent danger, counselors will not reveal specific information about specific students without their expressed, written permission.

We encourage parents, faculty, staff and other administrators to refer students to Counseling Services.  Students must call or stop by the offices to make their own appointments as we find that students benefit most when they initiate their own support services.



Transition Issues

Transitioning Parents and Students 

Transition Year - Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition. Whether you are looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or want guidance in making a smooth transition for your student dealing with an issue like depression or being homesick, the Transition Year site has the tools and information you need. 

College can bring a number of firsts away from home that can be difficult and challenging.  If your student is having difficulty adjusting to college you can encourage him or her to schedule an appointment with York College Counseling Services.  Counselors provide listening, support and problem-solving to help your student succeed.  Call 717.815.6437.


How to Cope With Changes in Your College-Going Child:


Alcohol Drugs and Violence

In 2008, the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, named the most widespread health problem on college and university campuses in the United States as high-risk alcohol and other drug (AOD) use.

York College's approach to reduction of harm and prevention of high risk and illegal substance use is in accordance with the Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention's environmental management strategies: Higher Education Center.

See the York College Web site to access the student handbook (pdf) and policies around alcohol and other drug use and violence.  

The Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network addresses alcohol and other drug use on campus: contact Counseling Services at 815-6437 or Residence Life at 815-1468.


Sexual Misconduct and College Students

YWCA - Victim Services

The Victim Assistance Center provides crisis intervention, information advocacy, ongoing counseling and support to people who are victims of sexual violence.


SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Nurse Examiner Program)

Specially trained forensic nurses will provide skilled care to include collecting forensic evidence, providing referrals and ensuring appropriate care is given for any injuries and/or physical needs at time of exam.

Sexual Assault and Response and Prevention (SARP) Core Team at YCP offers the following helpful information:

What To Do If You've Been Sexually Assaulted (Pdf)      

Sexual Misconduct Brochure (Pdf)

Refer to the Department of Campus Safety page for additional information and resources concerning sexual misconduct.