How to Make a Referral
Oftentimes, people decide to attend counseling after encouragement from concerned family, friends, staff, and others who have noticed that they might benefit from seeing a counselor. One way to refer someone to counseling is to talk to them about your concerns and bring up the counseling center as a possible source of help. If you feel that the need is more immediate, or that a higher level of intervention or help is required, you can consider walking with the individual to the counseling center during regular hours in order to make an appointment.
What to Expect After You Make a Referral
We realize that after referring someone, you might want to know how they are doing. However, because counseling is confidential, staff at the counseling center will not be able to tell you if the person you referred is attending counseling or anything else about his or her treatment. The best way to follow up is to ask the person you referred directly. In cases where it is appropriate and the attendee is willing, a release of information form can be completed in order to authorize the counselor to communicate with the referral source.