Mon and Thurs: 9am-6pm Tues, Wed, and Fri: 9am-5pm
Summer hours: M-F 9am-5pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Callandrillo, Traci Edwardson
Assistant Vice President Campus Life
Parents and guardians of AU students sometimes face special challenges in their efforts to support their student. Challenges may include: feeling helpless to supervise or care for their student from a distance; difficulties making sense of cultural differences between the home culture and the university culture; observing troubling changes in their college student's moods or behaviors. These and other concerns related to being a parent or guardian of an AU student are appropriate to bring to the Counseling Center for a consultation with a clinician.
The Counseling Center provides consultations to parents on how to:
- help a student in distress
- how to refer a student to the Center
- how to locate appropriate treatment or mental health care for your student
Call the Counseling Center, (202) 885-3500, to speak with a clinician about your particular concerns.
- Please be aware that the Counseling Center is prevented by law from sharing (even with a concerned parent) confidential information about a student's contact with the Center without the student's written permission.
- Nevertheless, you are welcome to share your own concerns with a Counseling Center clinician, and ask any questions you may have about the nature and limits of confidentiality, or the services we might provide to your student.
- Also be aware that clinicians are first responsible to their clients and cannot agree ahead of time to keep third party consultations confidential.
- Initial assessments, crisis interventions, and other services are readily available on campus.
- However, many students require ongoing support that is more specialized, intensive, or extensive than is available on campus.
- In general, ongoing mental health care is a private health care responsibility, not a service provided by the university.
- For students who need off-campus care, a Center clinician can work with them to locate private care that is maximally accessible, appropriate, and affordable.
- More detailed answers to some most frequently asked questions can be found at: Frequently Asked Questions About On-Campus Counseling.
Information about mental health and human development can be found:
- in our Self-Help Library, located in the Counseling Center reception area;
- and on our on-line Resources page.
- Topics include depression, anxiety, relationships, eating disorders, trauma, and other issues of interest to you and your student.
- Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller, July 2011
- When Your Kid Goes To College: A Parent's Survival Guide. Carol Barkin, 1999
Letting Go (Fifth Edition): A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years. Karen Levin Coburn, March 2009
- For more information about Counseling Center resources click on the links on the left-hand panel of this page, or you can give us a call at 202-885-3500.
- Contact the Dean of Students Office for further information about services for parents.