Q1. The student has been seeing me for individual therapy and has been receiving prescribed psychotropic medications by a psychiatrist in our home town. What do I have to do so that his/her mental health treatment continues when they are attending SUNY Buffalo State?
If they are already seeing you regularly in your hometown, you should maintain the established relationship and make sure that you continue to monitor or determine the plan of care when the student leaves home for college. Most students maintain their periodic medication follow-up appointment with their hometown physicians. It is important since psychiatric services are not available at The Counseling Center.
We highly recommend that students talk with you regarding their treatment needs and plan of care when they are away at college. If ongoing psychotherapy is needed, then both student and therapist should contact The Counseling Center, before beginning the semester, to discuss treatment needs and plan. If more intensive care is needed, The Counseling Center would help with off campus community referrals. It is important that there is a plan in place before your client goes to college during the first semester. It would not be beneficial if they stop therapy or medications in a new place.
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