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Counseling and Psychological Services Resources
College can be a period of excitement as well as stress for students. While most students have looked forward to being away from home, for some the experience can be surprisingly overwhelming. Disappointments over romantic relationships or conflicts with peers may take on a more prominent role in students’ lives when they are far from familiar friends or family. Academic pressures may be amplified in the university environment and students who breezed through high school may find themselves struggling for the first time. As students become more independent, they may question values that they have held dear. Students who have struggled with mental health problems in the past may find those difficulties reemerging under the stress of college.

Eligibility for our sevices

Detailed information the services we offer students can be found in the Services section of this website. All WSU Pullman students who have paid the student health fee are eligible.

If your student has a problem

We very much want to be a resource to parents. We are glad to meet with you in person or talk with you over the telephone.

According to state and federal laws, unless your student gives us written permission, we are unable even to let you know whether a student is a client and we cannot discuss your student’s treatment. However, we are always able to talk with you about a problem in a general way. Please do not hesitate to call us at 509-335-4511.

What will happen if your student reports that he or she is feeling suicidal, makes a suicide attempt, or threatens to harm someone else? According to the relevant laws, if a client is in imminent danger of harming self or others, we will be able to communicate with parents regardless of whether the student gives us permission.

Additional resources

Websites

  • College Parents of America
  • Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
  • College Parent Central

Books

  • Don’t tell me what to do, just send money: The essential parenting guide to the college years by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller
  • Letting go: A parent’s guide to understanding the college years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence
  • When your kid goes to college: A parent’s survival guide by Carol Barkin