Parents are key people in the support systems of most college students. The resources in this section of our website are designed to help you play a supportive, mentoring role with your student, as well as a more direct, active role when the situation warrants it. To help you have conversations with your student prior to starting college we have created a guide titled "How To Help Your Student Transition To College". Counseling provides a supportive environment in which to talk openly and confidentially about personal issues and to work toward change in one's thoughts, feelings, behavior, relationships, and/or life situation.
You are most welcome to call the Counseling Service at (563) 387-1375 during weekdays (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) to consult with a counselor when you are concerned about your student’s psychological well-being. A counselor can listen to your concerns, help sort out how serious or urgent the situation may be, and determine together with you the next steps in assisting your student.
If it seems appropriate, the counselor can help you consider how you can encourage your student to seek counseling, either here or with an off-campus mental health professional. The counselor can also share information with you about other campus resources that might be helpful to your student.
If the situation is urgent and more active intervention by college staff is indicated, the counselor can facilitate this process.