Our staff members do not initiate phone calls, emails or room visits to students. We will however, schedule a timely appointment, whether for consultation or for counseling for any student, who makes a request. Likewise, parents cannot schedule appointments for their student; the student must set up the appointment him/herself. We handle appointments in this way for several reasons. First, participation in counseling is both a personal choice and a personal responsibility. Students are also likely to have busy schedules that include obligations beyond class attendance. Each student knows his/her daily schedule most fully and is in the best position to schedule sessions at convenient times. If you believe your student is reluctant to call the counseling center, we would be happy to consult with you individually about your concerns.
Q: My student is taking psychotropic medication. Can The Talley Center for Counseling Center staff prescribe medicine?
A: Yes. The counseling center has a contract with a local board-certified psychiatrist, who provides short term psychiatric services through the center. The psychiatrist works one day a week. In order to access the Psychiatrist, students must be in counseling services and referred by their counselor. Our psychiatrist does not prescribe stimulant medication to students. For more information about psychiatric services please contact our center.
Q: Can the counseling staff provide excuses for missed classes or provide documentation so my student can drop a course/receive an incomplete?
A: With the student’s permission in writing, our staff will document a student’s participation in counseling sessions ONLY. Course withdrawals, “incompletes” and other academic determinations are handled by the class instructor, the student, and Academic and Career Services. Our staff does not make such requests nor do they make recommendations about such requests.