Syracuse UniversityCounseling Center

Parents & Families

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY STUDENT HAS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM?

The following may indicate your student is experiencing substance abuse concerns:

  • Decline in academic performance; neglecting other responsibilities
  • Frequent or intense mood changes
  • Experiences memory loss or blackouts
  • Frequently hungover
  • Increased conflicts with friends or family
  • Becomes more secretive about substance use
  • Loss of interest and/or motivation
  • Spending more money than usual
  • Dramatic changes in judgment
  • Getting into trouble (such as fights, legal)
  • Significant changes in weight
  • Significant changes in sleep patterns

HOW CAN I BE A SUPPORT FOR MY STUDENT?

  • Talk with your student and be present. Share your concerns about their substance use.
  • Let your student know they can consult with a therapist about their use. Refer your student to the Counseling Center website so they can learn more about the services offered.
  • As a concerned parent or family member, Counseling Center therapists are available to provide consultation and support. Contact the Counseling Center at 315.443.4715.
  • For immediate or urgent concerns, refer to the Crisis Services web page.

CAN I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR MY STUDENT?

No - Your student will need to contact our office on their own.

WHAT IF MY STUDENT IS RELUCTANT TO GO TO THE COUNSELING CENTER?

Many students feel anxious about seeking counseling. The following may help you encourage your student seek help:

  • Express your concern about their well-being
  • Listen to and validate their concerns.
  • Assure them it is okay to ask for help.
  • Remind them that a lot of students seek counseling. Click here for more information.
  • Explain that services are confidential.
  • Reduce the stigma your student may associate with counseling. Click here for more information.
  • Refer your student to the Counseling Center website so they can learn more about the services offered.
  • Explore off-campus counseling options. Click here for Community providers

If you have tried the recommendations above and your student is still reluctant to attend counseling, you can call 315.443.4715 to consult with a counseling center therapist.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY STUDENT IS GOING TO THE COUNSELING CENTER?

We recognize that issues of confidentiality regarding counseling are complex and as parents and family members it makes sense to want to have detailed information about your students’ counseling and services that they may have sought from the center. However, the Counseling Center is legally and ethically required to maintain the standards of confidentiality for mental health for all individuals over the age of 18. We are therefore not permitted to release any information, including rather or not a student has ever attended an appointment, without the written consent from that student. It may be helpful to know that most students are willing to sign these releases of information that would allow the Counseling Center to share what information is agreed upon by the student to those the student identifies. However, for a number of personal reasons, some students elect to not sign these releases and when this is the case the Counseling Center must uphold their confidentiality.

WHAT’S MY ROLE?

  • If you have concerns about your student’s well-being and need to consult with a counseling center therapist, call 315.443.4715.
  • While we can talk with you about your concern for your student, confidentiality is an essential element of the counseling process and we cannot share information with you without your student’s written consent.
  • If you do consult with a counseling center therapist, we suggest that you let your student know you spoke with us to promote open communication.
  • It is okay to ask your student how counseling is going, however, respect their privacy.
  • Under certain circumstances, we may recommend a family consultation with our staff or ongoing family counseling with an outside provider.

WHERE IS THE COUNSELING CENTER LOCATED?

The Syracuse University Counseling Center is located at 200 Walnut Place. It is a yellow house on the corner of East Adams Street and Walnut Place.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES?

The Counseling Center provides services to currently enrolled Syracuse University students.

WHAT IF THE STUDENT IS A MINOR?

In the state of New York, students 17 years of age or younger are considered minors and parental/guardian consent is required for ongoing counseling. (Parental Consent Form)