Counseling Students

UWMC Behavior Intervention Team

Please contact one of the following people if you are concerned about campus threat or harm:

  • Ann Herda-Rapp, 715-261-6269 (Campus Executive)
  • Katie Kalish, 715-261-6258 (Tenured Faculty Member, Associate Professor of English)
  • Kandace Elmergreen715-845-7175 (Counseling Center Representative)
  • Brittany Hook, 715-261-6136 (UWC Housing Staff, Residence Hall Operations Manager)
  • Kristine McCaslin, 715-261-6212 (Director of Conduct and Compliance)

Information & Resources

Identifying a Student at Risk

  • A student is at risk when they tell you that they want to harm themselves or others
  • If you hear a student tell another student that he wants to harm himself or others
  • When a student seems unusually withdrawn, depressed, isolated or angry they may be at risk
  • When a student mentions that they have not slept for long periods of time or eaten regularly
  • When one student brings another student's unusual behavior to your attention
  • If you read threats of harm or hopelessness in any of their written assignments
  • If you see signs of self mutilation
  • Drug or alcohol use in school
  • Bizarre or highly unusual behavior. The onset of schizophrenia usually occurs between the ages of 18—22. It is highly probable that some of our students are suffering with the onset of mental illness.

What to do If You Feel a Student is Troubled

  • If possible, talk to the student privately to see if they need help.
  • Recommend that they speak to a counselor on or off campus.
  • On campus counseling is free of charge, professional and confidential.
  • Make the call or bring them to student services if they need immediate help.
  • Report your concern for the student immediately to one of the members of the Behavior Intervention Team listed above.
  • Threat of harm to self or others needs to be brought to the attention of the police and campus personnel as soon as possible (BIT). In this situation confidentiality is secondary.
  • You do not have to act as counselor or advisor to the student once the referral is made. Your concern and awareness of potential danger is all that is required of you.