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Faculty & Staff Resources


Students often experience compounded stress due to academic, social, family, work, financial, or other concerns. Faculty and staff members are often in a situation to identify students who are experiencing difficulties. To make our services successful, we need the support and assistance of Sheridan’s faculty and staff. Although most students come to Counselling Services on their own, you may be the first to recognize that a student requires assistance. Students turn to you out of respect for your position as a faculty or staff member, and take your recommendations or referrals very seriously.



Sheridan Counsellors are trained and experienced in a range of counselling modalities and teaching and learning techniques. Our strength-based solution-focused approach with students is respectful, confidential and success oriented. We teach and empower students to develop their strengths in order to achieve goals, solve problems and maintain balance. 


Please refer students directly to Counselling Services when they:
  • Indicate a need for help. Students may indicate need for assistance directly or indirectly. For this reason it is important to pay particular attention to verbal and non-verbal cues (understand intentions and feeling underlying messages, tone, expressions and gestures etc.)
  • Make references to suicide (any reference to committing suicide should be considered serious)
  • Exhibit a change in mood or behaviour. Actions that are inconsistent with an individual's normal behaviour may indicate psychological distress
  • Show signs of anxiety or depression – these are two symptoms that may result in significant problems for students.    
  • Have traumatic changes in personal relationships. Personal problems such as a death in the family, loss of a friend, difficulties in marriage or family relations, or changes in family responsibilities can result in increased stress and psycho-emotional difficulties.
  • Show signs of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Have learning problems. Some students may find the demands of college level academic work greater than anticipated.
Also refer a student to Counselling Services if:
  • you do not feel your contact with the student has been effective
  • a student is presenting issues or requesting information outside of your range of knowledge
  • you feel that personality differences may interfere with helping the student
  • the problem is personal and you know the student in another capacity
  • a student is reluctant to discuss their problem with you

How to Refer a Student:

If the student agrees to the referral, the student may call or come to the Counselling office to a drop-in session. You may want to assist the student in making the appointment by having them call the office or walking down with him/her. The student’s first contact with Counselling Services will generally be through a drop-in time or an initial intake interview in which the student and the counsellor develop a plan to assist students in resolving their issues. Please contact us if you would like to refer a student or discuss an issue. All discussions are confidential. 


Student contact with a counsellor is confidential. Information about the counselling sessions is not shared with faculty or any other third party without written authorization. Please see the Confidentiality Statement for further information.