Information for Parents

We Partner with You

The staff here at The Counseling Center wants to be partners with you to help ensure the success of your student, both academically and socially/psychologically/physically/spiritually and in any other way we can help them or you.

Thank you for trusting the College of Charleston with the well-being and personal/professional development of your son or daughter!

As a parent you play an enormously important role in their initial and ongoing adjustment here at the college.  Your support (emotional and financial) are key to the emotional wellbeing of your son or daughter, and your wisdom, leadership and understanding can never be replaced.  Your student also needs on-going guidance to continue living out the values, priorities, and responsibilities you have instilled in them, as an anchor to the multitude of choices (some good, some not so good) during their time away from home.  Help your student stay safe and on track with their personal/professional development here at the college by staying in touch with them and aware of their choices and the consequences of those choices (some good, some not so good). 

Do not hesitate to call us with any concern or questions. 843.953.5640

Parents Matter

Parent's Rules Affect Teen Drinking

As teenagers mature into their senior year of high school, many parents begin to feel more comfortable about letting them drink alcohol. But new research from brain scientists and parenting experts suggests loosening the reins on drinking may not be a good idea in the long run. And, researchers say, parents' approach to addressing teen drinking does influence a teen's behavior. 

See how here:  With Drinking, Parent Rules Do Affect Teens' Choices


Parents' Influence on Adolescents' Sexual Behavior

Research suggests that parents can strongly influence their teens’ sexual behavior. Parents’ marital status, their disapproval of and discussion with teens about the standards of behavior and the social and moral consequence of teen sexual activity as well as parental monitoring all appear to impact teens’ decisions to engage in sexual activity.

Resources and Helpful Information

Student Success

  • Student Success Tips everything you need to think about and do to help you be more successful in college. (pdf)            

Successful Transition to College - What Every Parent Needs to Know 

Good Student - Parent Relationships

As a parent you play an enormously important role in their initial and ongoing adjustment here at the college and we are available to you to assist all students achieve their potential, and negotiate through the many challenges they face.  "Despite all the new scientific research, "Inside the Teenage Brain" by PBS suggests that there is a consensus among experts that the most beneficial thing for teenagers is good relationships with their parents."

"Those teens with closer parental relationships are much less likely than other teens to engage in smoking and substance abuse. They are less likely to have sex at young ages, to get into fights, or to be suspended from school. And they are at lower risk for thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts. These kids tend to get better grades and express more optimism about going to college. This pattern of results holds when we control for the teen’s sex, family poverty status, and family structure."

NOTE: if your son or daughter has been seeing a counselor here at The Counseling Center, we are prevented by law to reveal anything about them-even whether or not they are coming here-unless you ask them to sign a Release of Information.  However, we will always listen to you and make sure your concerns are shared with your student's counselor if they are being seen here.  We can also give "general advice about the situation/condition you report" but cannot share any specifics about your student's care here.

Alcohol Use and Misuse

         Dangers of Alcohol Misuse  Carson died of acute alcohol poisoning following a fraternity initiation. Carson's Story

Possible Drug Use? 

Read these warning signs that your son or daughter is abusing drugs.
Where to go locally for urine drug screening
What the College of Charleston does to address substance misuse 


It is normal to experience homesickness.  This Fall, 21.8 million students are expected to attend a college or university in the United States. More than half of these same students will indicate a moderate degree of homesickness.  Around 20% will have an extreme reaction to leaving home and most likely the distress will continue until after the the first semester. 


Can you recognize the signs of depression in your student?  Do you know the suicide warning signs? Get more information on suicide prevention.

Mental Health Concerns: 

If you have concerns about a student's mental health, either your son or daughter or someone else who has been brought to your attention, you have the option of filling out an anonymous form that will go to the Dean of Students, who can reach out to this student and assess their well being.

 Off Campus Provider List  February, 2020

Suicide Prevention:

We offer suicide prevention training year round to encourage our students to help take care of each other.