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The transition to college for parents/caregivers and students can be exciting and stressful, simultaneously. While parents or caregivers may no longer be physically present every day to support their student during this transition time, they are nonetheless a very integral part of their student's support system. How parents or caregivers and their student negotiate and accept those changes can be a relationship enhancing experience or it can be an additional stressor for the student. Here a few recommendations that we invite parents and caregivers to reflect on as they consider how to help their child be a successful college student.
Signs of Significant Distress
Again, it is common and normal for your student to be experiencing new stressors in college. While these stressors may lead to occasional or temporary discomfort, the behaviors listed below may indicate cause for concern, especially if the student is exhibiting more than one of these behaviors:
Guidelines for Responding
Keep in Mind:
Confidentiality is an important piece of the counseling relationship. While it may seem strange for you as the parent or caregiver not to know what your student shares with us in counseling, confidentiality is meant to help the student engage in a trusted relationship with the counselor. Unless the student permits the counselor to share information with someone, we are prohibited by law to do so. If your student is under the age of 19, a parent or guardian consent will be requested.
Although we are not allowed to release a student's information to anyone without their permission, we can certainly take in information from anyone. If you have concern about your student, please feel free to consult with one of our counselors.
Students are challenged with managing a new schedule, classwork, developing new friendships, and getting involved with campus life. Respecting their time to let them accomplish all of this lets them know you have confidence in them. You can trust that while your relationship with your student is being revised, it is not being severed. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding how you can best support your student while attending UNK.