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Information for Parents

Parents of Boston College Students,

Welcome to the website for University Counseling Services (UCS) of Boston College. UCS is one of many offices at Boston College committed to working to enhance the educational experience of your sons and daughters and to enable them to develop as well-rounded and healthy individuals. This page is intended to provide you with information about our services and the ways in which we can be helpful to you and to your BC student.

How can Counseling Services help parents?

We are available for consultation with parents by phone or by appointment. We invite parents to call if they have concerns about their son or daughter. Parents frequently have questions about the specific services we provide that may be beneficial to their student at BC. We can also help parents secure referrals to services outside of the university.

What about Confidentiality?

Confidentiality is an important part of establishing trust and effective counseling relationships. Confidentiality laws also prohibit us from sharing any information about a student's counseling contacts without the expressed permission of the student. However, confidentiality considerations do not prohibit us from discussing ways in which parents can be helpful in dealing with the issues that their sons and daughters are confronting. These discussions are held with a clinician other than the one working with the student in question.

Why do students go to counseling?

Counseling Services sees over 1800 students a year for a wide range of reasons. Typically, students seek counseling for difficulties with adjustment, problems with relationships, self-esteem, sexual orientation, as well as serious emotional and behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse. We encourage students to consult us about any matters that concern them.

What services are offered?

University Counseling Services offers short-term individual counseling, psychiatric services, group treatment, consultation and referral services. You may wish to link to Services for more information.