Spring 2020 classes have resumed online.
Please visit dcccd.edu/coronavirus for additional information and to learn how to prepare for online classes.

For Employees

For Employees

Classroom Presentations

The Counseling Center staff is available to provide presentations to classes and student groups on a wide variety of topics such as information about the our services, time/stress management, healthy relationships, communications skills, overcoming math anxiety and more.

How to Make a Request

  • Submit your request at least two weeks in advance of the anticipated date of your presentation. Please note that as the semester progresses and gets busier, we may need more advanced notice.
  • Complete and submit the Presentation Request form.

Classroom Management

Occasionally, you will encounter a difficult student who will create issues during class. Read over these helpful Classroom Management techniques so you can be prepared when a problem arises and feel more comfortable dealing with it.

Consultations and Referrals

Students will often come to faculty or staff members seeking help. When talking to the student, you may realize that the problems being communicated are beyond your scope of knowledge. If the student opens up to you, she/he clearly feels that your relationship is a valued one. Your opinion will most likely be heard, so students may welcome the referral to counseling services.

Visit the Consultations and Referrals page for more information about referring a student.

Unusual or Disruptive Behavior

Sometimes people do not tell you directly that there is a problem, but their behaviors can be cues that something is wrong. Changes in academic performance; withdrawal from others; changes in participation levels in classes, clubs or organizations, sports and work; crying; outbursts of anger; and poor attendance may warrant a referral to the Counseling Center. 

Talking about Suicide

If a student talks or writes about suicide, this should be taken seriously. Suicidal thoughts are in themselves not necessarily dangerous; however, if the student discusses actual plans for suicidal behaviors, the severity of danger increases dramatically. Never assume that talk of suicide is simply an attention-seeking gesture. This could be a fatal mistake. 

The statistics:
  • 10.3 percent of college students consider suicide.
  • 6.7 percent of college students make a plan.
  • 1.5 percent of college students attempt suicide.
  • It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses per year, according to the American College Health Association.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, second only to accidents.

 If you become aware of a student who is thinking about suicide, please make an immediate referral to the Counseling Center, Bldg. S, Room S136. Please call 972-860-4673/4339 for a consultation if you are unsure how to handle this situation or if the student is reluctant. 

If a student clearly states the intent to commit suicide, call the campus Police Department by dialing 9-1-1 from a college phone or at 972-860-4290. Dialing 9-1-1 from an outside line will take you to the nationally recognized 9-1-1 service. 

Counseling Services are Confidential

Emphasize that counseling information is not part of the college’s record. Confidentiality means that information about the student cannot be released to family, professors, friends, coaches, etc. without the student’s written permission. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality that the counselors explain to students during the very first session. 

Mandatory Counseling

The Brookhaven College Counseling Center does not participate in mandated counseling. You may refer a student for counseling; however, you may not mandate that a student meet with a counselor a set number of times before returning to your class. Disciplinary decisions of this nature must go through the vice president of student affairs. 

Extra Credit for Students

Faculty can refer students to​ one of our SkillsShops classes as listed on our website, or have them complete the classes online for extra credit per your discretion.

Personal Help

The Counseling Center services are for currently enrolled Brookhaven College students 18 years and older. However, Brookhaven College offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to employees designed to assist with personal concerns. Alliance Work Partners is the provider contracted for services to DCCCD employees. To find out more about this program, contact Human Resources at 972-860-4813.