Student Referral

1. Referral decisions − ability to determine whether a referral should be made.

  • Determine problem(s).
  • Determine whether or not you can help and/or are qualified to offer the assistance needed.
  • Determine possible agencies or persons to whom the student may be referred.

2. Referral process − ability to professionally refer the student to the proper person or agency for help.

  • Explain in a clear and open manner why you feel it desirable or necessary to refer.
  • Take into account that student's emotional and psychological reaction to the referral.
  • Get the student to discuss his problem(s), consider reasons for referral, evaluate possible sources for help, and assist in the selection of the specific person or agency.
  • Explain fully the services which can obtained from the resource person or agency you are recommending.
  • Reassure student about capability and qualifications of resource to help meet the particular need expressed.
  • Attempt to personalize the experience by giving the student the name of a contact person to ask for or help by calling for an appointment for the student. Give directions to the office if necessary.
  • Discuss with the student any need for transfer of data and obtain consent and approval for the transfer.
  • Assist the student in formulating questions to ask or approaches to take.
  • Transmit to the person or agency who will assist the student all the information essential for helping the student.

3. Follow-up − ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the referral.

  • Determine if the student kept his appointment.
  • Discuss with the student his evaluation of the help received from the agency or person.
  • Determine whether you selected the appropriate source of help for the student.

(Crockett, 2001)

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