Counseling Services Parent Information

We recognize that college can be a time of change 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 life's challenges students may face.

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
We encourage parents/guardians, faculty, staff and other administrators to refer students to Counseling Services.  Students must call or stop by the office to make their own appointments. Parents/Guardians may offer information that could be invaluable to a student's treatment; however, with the exception of imminent danger, counselors refrain from revealing specific information about specific students without their expressed, written permission.

Consulting with the Counseling Services Staff
Having a student in college may be challenging for some parents/guardians who become concerned about a student’s wellbeing. The YCP Counseling Services Staff is available to talk with parents/guardians who have questions or concerns about their student. However, it is best to call and schedule a time to talk to a counselor by phone or in person.

Commonly asked questions by parents/guardians are:

    • Is it common for students to seek counseling services for particular issues?
    • How can I best support my student?
    • How can I convince my student to seek professional help?
    • What steps should be taken in the event of an emergency?

Here is a flyer to help answer some of these questions: What Can Parents Do To Best Support A Child’s College Experience?

Disclosure to Parents/Guardians of Information about the Student
The student’s assurance of privacy is one of the conditions that makes YCP Counseling Services effective. YCP’s Counseling Services is prohibited by law from disclosing anything about the student without explicit, written permission from the student. This even applies to parents/guardians.

If you know that your student has seen one of our counselors and think it is important to talk to your student’s counselor, PLEASE TELL THE STUDENT OF YOUR CONCERN AND ASK THEM TO SIGN A RELEASE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION FORM AT THE YCP COUNSELING SERVICES OFFICE, which allows us to discuss your student with you. 

Resources for Parents/Guardians can be found under Additional Resources on the Pamphlets page.

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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.

 

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Transition Issues

Transitioning Parents and Students 

Transition Year  http://www.transitionyear.org/parent/intro.php - 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:  http://www.universityparent.com/topics/tips-for-parents/how-to-cope-with-changes-in-your-college-going-child/

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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.

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Sexual Misconduct and College Students

YWCA - Victim Services
1.800.422.3204

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

www.ywcayork.org

 

SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Nurse Examiner Program)
717.851.2311

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.