Support your students
Your role as a faculty or staff person in a student’s crisis is not to resolve their problem, but to reassure them through the support you offer, and to guide them to the appropriate resources.
Develop your skills
If you haven't taken the QPR training, do it. Our campus goal is to train 100% of staff and faculty in QPR. And it's a great way to develop the skills to support our students in the event of a serious crisis. There is a real need for suicide prevention education nationwide, so check out these resources.
Let us know if you'd like Counseling Center staff to present to your department or team.
Know your resources
We are the primary resource for your students, but not the only resource. We offer individual and group counseling among a host of other services.
Let our Office Manager know the situation, and they will take you through your next steps, and/or connect you with our on-call counselor. Walk your student to the Counseling Center. Even if you call first, this is a good idea.
*Please note: In our COVID-19 response, the Counseling Center door will be locked, and our Office Manager will assist you when you arrive.
If you believe you have a student in crisis or are concerned about a student who is not in your office, you are always welcome to contact the Counseling Center to speak to an “on-call” counselor who can guide you in your next steps. Please know we will not be able to confirm nor deny the student’s use of the Counseling Center, and it is rare for us to reach out to students unsolicited by them, however we will certainly work with you to determine what is best for both you and your student.
If you’re managing a crisis after hours, or your student does not want to come to the Counseling Center, you have community resources available.
• Call the local 24-hour crisis hotline (970) 247-5245
• Call the Colorado 24-hour crisis hotline (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 382555
• Go to the Mercy Regional Medical Center Emergency Room at 1010 Three Springs Blvd in Durango
WellPAC provides peer support counseling, which both connects students with their peers, and provides students with support with non-crisis concerns. This can be a great option when students are feeling homesick, dealing with roommate conflict, or are struggling to make friends. Learn more about when to choose Peer Support.
Ulifeline offers your students a quick and easy tool to help them determine if they might benefit from counseling. Go to Ulifeline and use the Self Evaluator (green button in the menu at the top of the screen). Answer a few quick questions about depression, anxiety, disordered eating, or substance use.
We all need a little help sometimes. It can be hard to ask for it, or to know where to go for help. Use these tools to support students (or yourself) in finding peer connections or getting support to navigate life safely.
Sometimes it's hard to know where to look to find people with similar interests. Submit a referral to connect students with resources on campus.
Let Student Affairs know if you are concerned that an FLC student or employee may be a victim of an assault, harassment or discrimination. You may choose to report anonymously.
Report student behavior that you would like to bring to the attention of your department chair or your supervisor. For emergencies please call 911.
The Counseling Center serves FLC students. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide counseling services for faculty or staff. However, all regular employees of FLC have access to two different Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) that provide counseling in a brief, solution-focused approach. Find out more about our EAPs at Human Resources.
Students, staff, and faculty welcome.
Coping with ChangeMonday, September 14, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.
Self-care in the Virtual WorldMonday, October 5, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.
Support in Unique TimesMonday, October 26, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.
Grief & LossMonday, November 16, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.
*Topics subject to change.
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