A Note for Families from the Center for Student Health and Well-Being

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Dear Davidson Families,

With the recent necessity in the Davidson community to shift to remote classes and the request that students leave campus, we understand that this is a time of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety for many. Davidson staff members remain committed to supporting students and families through this difficult time. We therefore offer a few suggestions for how you can help your student cope with the transition and adjust to completing their academic requirements from home.

Help your student access counseling services if needed
Many students have been accessing counseling services at the Center for Student Health & Well-Being. Additionally, some students who have not yet initiated counseling may benefit from doing so due to the unanticipated stress of this transition. Due to licensure requirements and ethical considerations, we are generally unable to provide regular therapy sessions from a distance. We therefore encourage parents to ask their students if they need additional support from a local therapist. CSHWB staff are available to facilitate referrals.

Have a direct conversation about expectations and boundaries
Although they are your children, Davidson students are also adults who are used to functioning independently on campus. The rules in your household are likely to be different than those that students abide by here on campus. It is therefore extremely helpful to have a direct, collaborative conversation with your child about expectations and boundaries while they are home. Try to respect your child’s autonomy, while also asking them to respect the rules of the household. Gently remind one another of the boundaries you agreed upon as needed.

Encourage your student to keep a regular schedule
While completing their academic requirements from home, students may find it difficult to keep a regular schedule as they do when they are on campus. Studies show that keeping up with daily activities including exercise, socialization, recreation, and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can help students manage stress and maintain optimal mental health. While it will likely be difficult to socialize in person, encourage your child to check in with their friends via phone, Skype, or Facetime. Offer to go for a walk, organize family activities, and recommend that your student try to leave the house as often as they are able.

Inform your student of available services

  • For students remaining on campus or remaining in the state of North Carolina, they will have access to counseling services as they always have through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Please encourage your student to contact their counselor or the center to resume or initiate counseling.
  • For students currently residing in other states or other countries, regular counseling and teleservices is currently limited and/or prohibited; state and international laws have significant restrictions on the provision of counseling and teletherapy services across state lines and international borders. Therefore, these students may not be able to legally receive typical counseling services offered through Davidson. However, counselors are still available to ALL students for consultations and case management services, such as helping them connect with a local, in-state or international therapist. If legislation changes at any point during the semester, students will be informed.
  • We will be updating our website regularly with information about additional resources that students can access from home.

If you or your student have any questions or concerns, or would like to set up a consultation/teletherapy appointment, have your student email their counselor directly. If your student has not yet met with a counselor, they can call our front desk at 704-894-2300.

We are proud to be part of such a special community at Davidson College, and look forward to students returning to campus. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions or concerns by calling 704-894-2300.

With gratitude,
The Center for Student Health & Well-Being Counseling Staff

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John Brunelle, Ph.D., is the Associate Director/Clinical Director of Counseling for Davidson's Center for Student Health and Well-Being. His clinical interests include working with student athletes, issues related to grief and loss, group counseling and college student development.

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