A Message For Parents
The college years often are viewed as the transitional marker from being a child in the family to being a young adult in the eyes of society. Some of you will view this transition as the natural and welcomed end of childrearing for yourselves and as the end of childhood for your sons and daughters. But for those of you who worry about your sons' or daughters' maturity levels or capacities for self-reliance and self-control, letting go of the teacher, protector and nurturer role is a bit more complicated. Of course, all of you will continue to play vital roles in the lives of your college-aged children. Indeed, the following challenges to your college aged children--adjustment to college, effective career and relationship choices and the development of self-confidence and personal autonomy-- are all enhanced by their close relationships to you. The Counseling and Personal Development Center provides counseling and psycho educational services designed to assist your college students further to meet these intellectual, interpersonal, and developmental challenges.
Students often will turn to you if they are experiencing emotional or psychological distress or if they are faced with an important decision. If you find yourself worried about your child's moods or behaviors or if your child has experienced a trauma or a loss, your suggestion to consider seeking counseling can be very influential. Quite often your son or daughter will be receptive to the idea of counseling, in which case you can suggest that he or she call for an appointment at 610-660-1090, or stop by the Counseling Center at A504 Merion Gardens any weekday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM to set up an appointment in person.