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Faculty/Staff Support

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
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.

 Curriculum Immersion

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.

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