Crisis Support & Pastoral Care

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We are here to listen, support and help!

University chaplains and campus ministers are trained religious professionals on campus to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff of any or no religious affiliation. All conversations are held in confidence. The chaplains are equipped by training and experience in counseling. They are also able to refer to appropriate psychological or psychiatric resources if necessary.

WHEN TO TALK TO A CHAPLAIN

Belief & Identity

College years are times of change in a young adult’s life and can bring great turmoil as the student begins to question the very basis of their identity and belief systems.

Faith Issues & Moral Questions

Whether familiar with a religious tradition or not, the student may encounter particular concerns with faith issues or moral questions.

Relationships

The sustained relationships of family and childhood friends often change and grow during this period of transition while new friendships and romantic partnerships are often encountered.

Sexuality

Religious guidance can offer a different perspective on issues of sexuality. Questions of becoming sexually active, exploring sexual identity, and dealing with sexual assault may be discussed openly.

Vocation & Career Choice

The choice of a vocation and career are intrinsically linked with the questions of purpose, meaning, and faith.

High Pressure Religious Groups

You or someone you may know is being pressured into a destructive and manipulative group or cult.

Feelings of Guilt

Students may experience an intense feeling of guilt over the choices they have made or may seek forgiveness or understanding from a confidential counseling session.

Hospitalization or Prolonged Illness

Illnesses or injuries away from home may be a frightening experience. A visit or time spent together can reassure the student that they are not alone.

Death & Dying

A close friend or family member has died recently and the student needs a safe space to talk. A prolonged illness or accident may make the student question or fear their own mortality.

Other Religious Centers

Other religious counselors are available on campus, from many religious traditions, such as:

  • Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Episcopalian
  • Lutheran
  • Presbyterian
  • Methodist
  • Southern Baptist

They may be contacted directly or through the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Other Resources

  • If there is an emergency or crisis, you may contact Chaplain Stevens @ 847-864-7865.
  • For more information about hazing or to report such activity, please contact Hazing Prevention.
  • For more information about Title IX or to make a report, please contact Sexual Misconduct & Prevention.