• The Lee University Counseling Center provides parents with resources to help their student with emotional development.

    I am worried about my child. Can someone check on him/her?

    LUCC staff members do not provide “check-in” services for students, but there are a number of ways to check on your child. If you are afraid your child is not safe, is missing, or is otherwise at risk for significant harm; you can contact Campus Security (423-303-4444) or Residential Life & Housing (423-614-6000) to see if a wellness check can be done. Also, if a student is in psychological crisis (potential harm to self or others), he or she can walk into LUCC office to request crisis assistance any time our office is open (M-F 8-5 except daily lunch 12-1PM and chapel on Tuesday/Thursday 10:40-11:30AM).

    For other concerns about your child or another student, you may want to contact Student Care Committee (SCC). This is a committee of administrators from academics, housing, counseling and health clinics, and others who meet on a weekly basis to discuss students whose concerns have been brought to the committee’s attention. The committee responds in multiple ways to student concerns; investigating, recommending, and facilitating connections to needed campus services. Their part-time case manager or a staff member from one of multiple student services departments may establish contact with your child to assess his or her needs or assist with connection to helpful campus resources. To contact SCC, call or email SCC Chair (and Student Development sector VP) Dr. Mike Hayes (423-614-8406 or mhayes@leeuniversity.edu).

    I think my child could benefit from counseling. What is the best way to get him/her into counseling?

    People engage and succeed most frequently in counseling when they have made a personal decision to seek out counseling. However, very few people come to this decision in isolation. If your child is interested in beginning counseling at LUCC, our "intake process" webpage has all the necessary information about the process of beginning therapy.

    The best approach to assist a student in considering counseling is for you or another individual who has an ongoing caring relationship with your child to bring up observations that lead you to believe counseling may be beneficial. Distressed Students is a document download that provides a number of suggestions for ways to approach that conversation.

    While LUCC staff members do not call or otherwise contact students to recommend or request initiation of counseling, there are many others on campus who refer students to LUCC; sometimes walking them to LUCC during our intake hours themselves. Additionally, LUCC staff are available to speak with you (and other 3rd parties) if you need some guidance or consultation regarding how to empower your child to make a decision about pursuing counseling.

    Finally, LUCC staff are available during each of our “walk-in times” to consult with students regarding the possibility of counseling in addition to our traditional intake procedures during those times.

    How do I know if my child needs counseling?

    There are a variety of changes or problems you observe in your child which may be symptoms of a deeper problems that may require or benefit from counseling. Some of these indicators may include depressed or agitated mood, decreased energy, decline in class attendance or academic performance, sleep or eating disturbances, social isolation, increased relational conflict, volatile or sad/tearful/angry mood, beginning or increasing substance use, and hopeless or suicidal thought. Additionally, Certain life events may (but do not always) result in the need for counseling including death of a loved one, traumatic or abusive experience, or experiencing a significant life change or adjustment (e.g. major illness, parental divorce, parent job loss or transition, etc.).

    Students seek counseling for many reasons including, but not limited to the following: loneliness and adjustment issues, concerns about career choice and/or academic performance, family concerns such as alcoholism or divorce, emotional difficulties such as depression or anxiety, roommate conflicts, food or body image issues, problems with substance use, and suicidal feelings. Students may be seen at the Counseling Center or referred for other psychological or psychiatric services depending on the nature of their presenting issues.

    How can I help my child?

    The college years, late adolescence and young adulthood, are a critical developmental time in the life of your son or daughter. In addition to growing intellectually, he or she is learning to live independently, make choices, accept responsibility, form relationships with others, contribute to the community and further develop a sense of identity and purpose in life. These important steps are never easy and often are quite stressful. This is also a time when some individuals first experience problems with depression, anxiety or other psychological disorders.

    As clinicians, our staff members understand the concerns and anxieties that parents of university students experience. We view parents as critical partners in helping students survive and thrive in the university environment. Whether you have questions about adjustment to the university or other psychological or emotional issues confronting your student, we welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns and answer your questions within the bounds of confidentiality.

    Because psychological wellness is such an important component of every student's success, we also encourage you to become familiar with the information on our website, to learn about the symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, eating problems, substance abuse and to become familiar with our services. In this way we can be effective partners for our students' wellness and mental health.

    What if my child needs a service you cannot provide?

    We can provide parents with referrals to counseling services outside the university. However, it is best to have your child come in to the Center during our walk-in hours (Monday 2-3:30; Tuesday 1-2:30; Thursday 8:30-10; & Friday 10:00 – 11:30) and speak to an intake counselor. We can assess the situation and make a more appropriate referral if we meet personally with your daughter or son.

    Are there any other resources that might be helpful for me as a parent concerned about my child? How can I access information about my son or daughter's treatment?

    Due to state and federal law, as well as professional codes of ethics, we can neither confirm nor deny whether any individual age 18 or older is involved in ANY type of therapy at the Counseling Center. Furthermore, apart from a few exceptional circumstances such as harm to self or others, we cannot communicate any information regarding the session content, treatment history, or diagnosis of a client. If you are a family member or Lee University professional and you wish to receive ANY information from our office regarding a student, you MUST obtain that student's written permission. While we are happy to take any information you wish to share, we cannot communicate any information about a client without a signed authorization form.