Intervention Team: Get Help for a Student
The Intervention Team at Eckerd College receives referrals, provides assessments, and makes recommendations for students experiencing personal, emotional, academic or medical concerns.
The Intervention Team is made up of representatives from various departments on campus so that a well-rounded, holistic support system is in place for students. The Intervention Team serves as a centralized reporting source for any community member (faculty/staff, students, parents, etc) who is concerned about a student and would like assistance.
The Director of Outreach Services serves as the chair of the Intervention Team and along with the Assistant Director, reaches out to students to offer assistance and connect them with on and off campus resources.
The Intervention Team is a multidisciplinary committee which includes individuals in both Student Life and Academic Affairs.
- Director, Outreach Services and Health Promotion (Chair)
- Assistant Director, Outreach Services and Health Promotion
- Director, Counseling and Accessible Education Services
- Associate Dean of Students
- Associate Dean of Faculty
- Director, Campus Safety and Security
- Assistant Director, Campus Safety and Security
- Director, Residence Life
As a staff, faculty, friend or parent you are in a good position to identify who might need help as you see and talk to students on a regular basis and often in stressful situations. If you notice that a student is exhibiting one or more of the following academic, physical or emotional signs, or you just have a “gut-feeling” that something is wrong, make a referral to the Intervention Team.
- Excessive procrastination and very poorly prepared work, especially if this is inconsistent with previous efforts.
- Missing assignments or exams.
- Multiple absences or excessive tardiness.
- Decline in interest or enthusiasm.
- Inability to follow assignment instructions or tasks, despite repeated attempts to clarify/encourage.
- Repeated requests for special consideration (e.g. deadline extensions).
- Dependence on professor/tutor that is beyond what is usual for a student needing assistance in your class.
- Emotions (sadness, nervousness, fearfulness, etc.) that are displayed to an extreme degree or for a prolonged period of time.
- Change in typical personality (e.g., more outgoing or more withdrawn than usual).
- Difficulty connecting with the community, making friends, etc.
- Difficulty dealing with a life event (e.g., death in family, relationship break-up).
- Expressions of hopelessness, isolation, or worthlessness; themes of suicide, self-harm or reference to death and dying.
- Marked irritability, anger, hostility.
- Direct mention of thoughts of self-harm, harm to others, or suicide.
- Mention of dealing with a mental health issue (depression, anxiety, BiPolar disorder, etc), substance abuse, eating disorder, etc.
- Strange or bizarre behavior that is obviously inappropriate to the situation (e.g., talking to “invisible people”).
- Chronic fatigue or falling asleep at inappropriate times.
- Marked change in personal hygiene or appearance.
- Noticeable or dramatic change in energy level.
- Dramatic weight loss or weight gain.
- Impaired speech or confused disjointed thoughts.
- Frequently appears “hung-over” or attends class intoxicated.
- Noticeable signs of self-harm on student (cuts, burns, etc. that seem unusual).
Once the Intervention Team receives a referral, the Outreach Services staff begins a response by gathering more information and reaching out to the student to offer support. How Outreach Services reaches out depends on the content of the referral and the assessed level of concern. The response can range from an email offering support or a phone call to the student to visiting the student in their room or finding them on campus to assess safety and immediate concerns.
Additionally, the Intervention Team meets weekly to discuss all referrals. The team works together to assess the level of concern for the student, identify areas of need, and provide holistic support services.
Due to the high volume of cases and the priority of contacting students, it is not always possible to provide updates back to the original referral source. If you would like updates or information on the student(s) you refer, please contact Outreach Services directly to inquire about the student.