For Concerned Parents and Family

Parents and family are often the first to suspect their children may be in turmoil and in need of counseling. There may be times when students need a parent or family member to listen and allow them to vent about their frustrations, fears, anger, and sadness. There also may be times that can be very frustrating for parents as their student is striving to become autonomous and may be resistant to parental input.

Suggestions for Talking with Your Student

  • Listen with empathy to your student’s concerns. Ask open-ended questions to keep the conversation going, if needed.
  • Avoid criticism and arguing. Express concern about what your student has told you.
  • Be specific about your concerns, including the behaviors you have noticed.
  • Coach your student to come up with solutions to the problem. Do not try to solve a problem for them.
  • Encourage your student to make an appointment for counseling. Provide information and guidance about the process, including information about confidentiality.

Parents and family should be aware that while Counseling Services staff will always listen to parental concerns, we are not able to disclose any specific information to parents or family about ongoing treatment without a signed release of information form from the student.

Emergency Mental Health Support: after hours/weekends
If you are concerned about the safety of a student after business hours, call Campus Police at 508.373.9555, or x9555 from any campus landline phone. Becker College Campus Police are trained first responders who will provide immediate support and secure emergency transport as needed.