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.
Violence Prevention Coordinator
Chantel Mitchell's role on campus is to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention strategies, policies, programs, and services in relation to sexual and intimate partner violence. She is available to provide education and outreach to groups planning and/or conducting efforts related to sexual/intimate partner violence. In partnership with our Campus Victim Advocate, Chantel is available to meet with victims to provide immediate emotional support and referrals. To discuss this option please contact Chantel 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.
Consider referring your residents to Counseling Services for groups
Groups provide a safe environment in which you can give and receive support, experiment with new behaviors, improve communication sills, and receive feedback from other students with similar concerns and interests.
Groups we are currently recruiting students for or have run in the past include:
If you or a resident is interested in participating in one of these groups, please call Counseling Services at 715-425-3884 to set up an Intake appointment.
See also our Groups webpage for more information about groups