Services for Faculty and Staff Members

Pepperdine faculty and staff are involved in students' lives in a number of ways which give them opportunity to hear about, or directly observe, students in distress. The Counseling Center encourages faculty and staff to refer students to the Counseling Center or to call for a consultation to discuss the situation and determine the most supportive plan.

What to Watch Out For

The following is a list of some of the indicators that may signify that a student is struggling in some way, and may benefit from a referral to the Counseling Center:

  • Recent loss or crisis
  • Social withdrawal
  • Drop in academic grades/performance
  • Negative or drastic changes in physical appearance
  • Psychosomatic complaints
  • Bizarre behavior
  • Drastic changes in weight
  • Illogical/unusual thoughts
  • Increased irritability or sadness
  • Alcohol or other substance abuse
  • Writing about not being able to go on, being a burden, or other veiled suicide references

What to Do

Suggest to the student that they may want to take advantage of the services available at the Counseling Center.

Please remind students that there is no charge for counseling, and that the Counseling Center welcomes students to come to deal with minor "bumps in the road" such as time management concerns, relationship issues, or homesickness, but the Counseling Center is also prepared to respond to more serious issues, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and addictions.

If you are concerned about a student, contact the Counseling Center at (310) 506-4210 for a consultation or you may refer the student to the Counseling Center.

In an Emergency

If the situation is extremely urgent, seems dangerous, or immediately disruptive, please call Pubic Safety (310) 506-4441.