Parents and Family Resources
Knowing how to support a family member in college can be challenging. There are no clear guidelines and, as an adult, your family member may be navigating decisions and difficulties more independently than ever before. Often the best strategies are simply to know the signs your student may be struggling, know about resources available, and keep the lines of communication open between you and your student.
The Counseling Center at the UCTC has professional therapists on staff who specialize in college mental health. We offer a range of services, and are also connected to campus and community resources that may be of use to your or your student.
We have provided articles and information on some of the common struggles that your family member may experience while in college, such ways to successfully transition to college, as well as support and resources in the event of campus community tragedies. The Dean of Students' office also provides helpful programming for parents and family.
The Helpful Articles page is a compilation of pieces previously published by Counseling Center staff as part of a regular newsletter to parents who are members of the UO Parent Association. This feature provides information about a range of common issues faced by students and guidance on how parents can help. On the Helpful Articles page we have published all the past newsletter articles for anyone to access. It's organized by topic and easier than ever to become informed and better equipped to help your student.
If you have concerns regarding a family member attending the University, you are welcome to call the the Counseling Center for a consultation at 541-346-3227. A consultation can offer you guidance on how to support your student as well as provide information about local resources.
Please note: the UCTC provides confidential psychological services to students, consistent with the parameters of state and federal laws. While many parent and family consultations about students may be kept confidential, there are times when University policy or state/federal statutes require UCTC staff to disclose information to other university officials.