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Consultation

The Counseling Center’s staff is committed to provide confidential consultations and outreach services on the following topics:

  • Interpersonal
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Emotional concerns

The staff will help assist students, faculty or staff in resolving concerns and, if appropriate, the Center will provide a set of off-campus referrals in order to treat more in-depth issues.


Student consultation

Students can contact the Center to consult about a variety of concerns they may have concerning themselves, friends, roommates or peers. Students can call the Center ask to speak to one of the available professional staff on duty.


Some examples of concerns you may wish to consult about include:

  • Stress about school, work, finances or relationships
  • How to respond to the death or illness of a student, friend or family member
  • Concerns about potential threats of violence or self-harm
  • Interpersonal conflicts in the classroom, living situation or the workplace

Faculty and staff consultation

Faculty and staff can contact the Center to consult about a variety of concerns they may have about a co-worker or student. Call the Center and ask to speak to the director, associate director or available professional staff.


Some examples of concerns you may wish to consult about include:

  • A student or co-worker’s behavior or emotional distress
  • How to respond to the death or illness of a co-worker or student
  • Concerns about potential threats of violence or self-harm
  • Interpersonal conflicts in the workplace or classroom

Concerned parents

If you are a parent of a UMKC student and are concerned about your student's well-being, call the Counseling Center to consult about how best to help your student get assistance.


Due to confidentiality issues, we will not be able to tell you if we know the person, but we can:

  • Assess the situation with you
  • Recommend some actions for you
  • Develop a strategy to get others involved to aid the situation
  • Refer you to some other campus resources
  • Assist you in referring someone to the Counseling Center

What does consultation involve?

Consultation may involve one or more of the following:

  • A telephone conversation
  • A face to face meeting
  • Looking at documents written by others
  • Conferring with others and getting back to you
  • Connecting you to the right resource
  • Developing an interaction with a group of people

Reporting incidents or patterns of distressed, disturbing or disruptive behavior

Faculty and staff are encouraged to present patterns and individual incidentss of distressed, disturbing and disruptive behavior to the University’s Case Management Team (CMT).


The CMT’s goal is to develop campus wide training modules that faculty and staff can use to deal with student issues. For more information or to make a referral, e-mail Jeff Traiger, Ph.D., assistant dean of students, or call him at 816-235-5661.