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, any 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 student!

Resources and Helpful Information  

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."

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


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.

 Off-Campus Mental Health Providers -Charleston Peninsula - July, 2021 (pdf)

 Off-Campus Mental Health Providers - Greater Charleston - July, 2021 (pdf)

Suicide Prevention:

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