CSI Career & Counseling Services

Faculty & Staff Services

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CSI Career and Counseling staff are available by appointment to serve as guest speakers on such topics as:

  • Test Anxiety (also offered as a workshop each semester)
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Bystander Training
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Career Exploration
  • Communication
  • Goal Setting
  • Managing Stress
  • Positive Psychology (Happiness)
  • Emotional Intelligence

Additionally, given sufficient lead time, counselors may serve as guest speakers to classes on such topics as:

  • Communication,
  • Goal Setting,
  • Managing Stress,
  • Job Seeking Skills,
  • Career Exploration,
  • Etc.

How to Help a Distressed Student or Co-Worker

This information is designed to assist faculty and staff in the early identification and referral of students and co-workers in distress.

Frequently, students or co-workers may confide in faculty and staff before telling family and friends of their problems.  Common concerns include:

  • Family problems
  • Problems with a significant other
  • Academic difficulties
  • Alcohol or substance dependency
  • Stress
  • Depression

Signs of Emotional Problems:

First, look for changes in

  • Behavior
  • Class attendance
  • Quality of work
  • Appearance


  • Your expression of concern may motivate students or a co-worker to seek the help they need.
  • You are not responsible for the student/co-worker’s wellbeing, or whether or not he/she seeks help.
  • You may consult with CSI Career & Counseling Services anytime regarding your concerns.
  • Don’t get trapped into giving advice (ergo, “Why don’t you…?”)

How to Approach a Student or Co-Worker in Distress:

  • Choose a private place to talk.
  • Ask if something is wrong and if the student or co-worker would like to talk about it.
  • If you’ve noticed changes in this person, it may be helpful to relate this.  For example, “I’ve noticed that you haven’t been attending class regularly.  I’m wondering if anything is going on I might be able to help you with.”
  • Communicate care and concern for the individual, rather than berating him or her for poor performance.
  • Encourage the student/co-worker, unless they appear to be significantly emotionally impaired, to make his/her own decision.
  • Avoid trite phrases such as, “Don’t worry,” “It will all work out,” “You’ll feel better about it tomorrow,” or “I understand.”
  • Don’t be afraid of tears, as they are a natural, healthy response to distress.
  • Listen, listen, listen.  (Which is usually done best with the mouth closed more frequently than not)
  • Refer, refer, refer.
  • Share helpful resources with the person, including CSI’s Career & Counseling Services.

Cutting or other Self-Injurious Behaviors

More and more faculty are becoming aware of students/co-workers who engage in self-injurious behaviors (SIBs), such as cutting or burning themselves. If you encounter this, keep in mind:

  • This behavior is generally not indicative of suicidal intentions.
  • This behavior usually denotes significant psychological distress.
  • Encourage the student/co-worker to seek help.

The Suicidal Student/Co-worker

Sometimes a student or co-worker may talk about suicide.  Take this very seriously.  Most people who have attempted suicide talked about it before-hand.  If you suspect a person may be contemplating ending their life, bring the subject up in a gentle or matter-of-fact, non-confrontational way.  Talking about it does not increase the likelihood that someone might  kill his or herself or even “plant the idea in their head.”  In fact, most people feel relieved that someone realizes the seriousness of their pain.

If you suspect someone may be suicidal, encourage them to seek help immediately. (In Crisis)  If this person refuses to do so, contact us and we will assist you in meeting the particular needs of that individual.  This bears repeating:  You are NOT responsible for the students’ actions.

The Violent Student/Co-worker

In the event that a student/co-worker threatens you or others with physical harm, immediately contact Twin Falls City Police via 911(emergency) or 735-4357(non-emergency). Additionally, please also notify CSI Campus Security (x6605 or cell# 539-2743) and Dean of Students Graydon Stanley (x6220).

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