Dear Parents,

The college years often are viewed as the transitional marker from being a child in the family to being a young adult in the eyes of society. Some of you will view this transition as the natural and welcomed end of childrearing for yourselves and as the end of childhood for your sons and daughters. But for those of you who worry about your sons’ or daughters’ maturity levels or capacities for self-reliance and self-control, letting go of the teacher, protector and nurturer role is a bit more complicated. Of course, all of you will continue to play vital roles in the lives of your college-aged children. Indeed, the following challenges to your college-aged children–adjustment to college, effective career and relationship choices, choices about substance use and the development of self-confidence and personal autonomy– are all enhanced by their close relationships to you. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual counseling, group programs, trainings and workshops designed to assist your college students toward fulfillment of their personal and academic goals.

Students often will turn to you if they are experiencing emotional or psychological distress or if they are faced with an important decision. If you find yourself worried about your student’s moods or behaviors or if he/she has experienced a trauma or a loss, your suggestion to consider seeking counseling can be very influential. Quite often your son or daughter will be receptive to the idea of counseling, in which case you can suggest that he or she call for an appointment at 610-660-1090, or stop by CAPS at A504 Merion Gardens any weekday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM to set up an appointment in person. Please note, in order to build a trust-filled counseling relationship, CAPS counselors need signed consent of students before we speak with parents about their counseling or even to acknowledge their attendance. In the course of counseling, if we have reason to believe a student is in imminent danger of harm, we take steps to ensure their safety and consent is not required to contact people who can provide immediate assistance.   Parents are welcome to call and consult with one of our counselors if they are concerned about their son or daughter’s well-being.