UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The resources on this page are available to assist in supporting the work of Resident Assistants.
If you have any questions, please contact the Residence Life Staff or Counseling Services at 715-425-3884.
Here is a link to the RA Training PowerPoint used by Counseling Services with many helpful references. A few of the resources in this powerpoint include myths about counseling, referral support, reasons counseling works, and self-care resources.
Residents will often seek out their RA for help with minor to serious problems. Similarly, RA's are often the first to notice that a resident may be struggling with an issue or problem. As a first responder RA's can provide support and serve as a resource for the residents. However, there are times when it is important to refer a resident who may be in need of more support than you are able to provide.
When to refer
1. Refer to a person, not a place when possible (show them Counseling Services staff page for assistance)
2. Whenever possible, have the student make the appointment. If necessary, make the appointment for the resident and if needed, accompany the resident to the appointment.
3. If necessary, let the resident know that the counselor can be asked to call to discuss the concerns before he/she makes an appointment.
4. Remember, once the resident meets with the counselor, the counselor cannot discuss the case with you without written permission from the resident.
5. Follow up with the resident to see if he/she followed through with the referral.
a. If he/she did, ask what the experience was like.
b. If he/she did not follow through, ask for his/her reasons and look for another solution.
The information in this section comes from UWRF's R.A. Helping Skills Training Manual. If you have questions about the information in this section, please speak with Residence Life Staff or Counseling Services.
Active Minds is a student organization that seeks to empower students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses. UWRF's Active Minds group has a presentation about mental health and stigma that they are happy to offer if requested by RA's or other groups on campus. To discuss this option please contact Mark Huttemier at Counseling Services at 715-425-3884.
Campus Victim Advocate (CVA)
The CVA provides outreach services, as well as advocacy and direct consultation services, to UW students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking. The CVA is located in Student Health and Counseling Services at 211 Hagestad Hall and is available for hall programs. To discuss this option please contact the CVA at 715-425-3884. To contact the St Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for more immediate support please contact them at their free and confidential support line: 715-425-6443.