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Distance Counseling

Distance Counseling will be reserved for limited, specific situations for current students (who have not withdrawn or terminated). In person, local counseling should always be the goal for Stetson students on all campuses and when studying abroad. Students on campuses with limited counseling services and online students will be supported by the Stetson Counselor Center to find a local Counselor. Stetson Counselors are encouraged to consult with professional staff in other locations who are supporting students in need; discussion of issues relating to specific students will be limited to those students who have signed a Release of Information to allow such communication to occur.

If a student studying abroad needs to medically withdraw while abroad and does not have a local counselor, distance counseling can be used for the withdrawal consultation only, not for continued counseling. This will allow students a continuity of care when returning to Stetson, an opportunity to make a plan for their time away from Stetson and also ensures students are evaluated against an established criteria. If the student has a local counselor, Stetson Counselors can consult with that local counselor following the signing of a Release of Information (ROI) from the student. Whenever possible, the Counseling Center will work with WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning and our foreign partners on Counseling options abroad before departure. The differences in services offered, as well as insurance, globally must be considered and it is highly recommended you speak with WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning staff as early as possible regarding counseling abroad.  General information is also available on the WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning website, but specific questions should be answered by WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning staff.