Student Success Center

Tips & Strategies for Parents

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Visit our "Letting Go" resources. Lists our recommended books for parents.

2.

Be aware of the stresses your student faces.

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Listen and listen well! Be an active listener.

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Talk, don't criticize!

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Communicate often. Ask questions that cannot be answered with a yes or no.

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Let your daughter or son know that they do not have to protect you from their problems.

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Agree to disagree.

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Know the warning signs. If you are not sure, ask us.

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Be pro-active with your student's college resources.

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Know confidentially rules.

Confidentiality Rules: The current rules of confidentiality in college counseling centers are quite stringent and clear. Unless students are in imminent danger of hurting themselves or others or are completely unable to take care of themselves, doctors and psychologists cannot share clinical information without anyone-parents or college officials-without permission of the student (assuming they are over 18). This stresses the importance of having a strong open communication system with your student so that your daughter or son will tell you personally when he or she needs help.