What We Do

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The Care Consultants receive referrals from faculty, staff, students, and parents about students who may be struggling or who are exhibiting distressing behaviors, and respond appropriately. Currently, the top three referral sources are rectors, administrators, and assistant deans. The Care Consultants are a part of the CARE Team that meets weekly to assess the health and safety of the student and campus communities and recommends services and resources that will support the student’s ability to succeed at the university. The Care Consultants will often reach out to students of concern early in this process to check-in with them, connect them with the appropriate services, and follow-up to provide ongoing support.

What exactly is a Care Consultant?

The Care Consultant:

  • Works with students to help identify and overcome barriers to success at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Assists students in assessing obstacles and challenges which may be interfering with academic or social progress.
  • Helps students get connected to campus and community resources that may provide additional support.
  • Helps students navigate the complex University system to access needed services.
  • Works with students to develop a "Care Plan" to help him or her focus on success.

How can a Care Consultant help me?

The top three reasons students seek assistance from a Care Consultant are for mental well-being support, general support, and academic support. Other reasons include the following: 

  • You are distressed and are not sure where to get help.
  • Life outside of your studies is becoming difficult.
  • You have not been attending classes and have fallen behind.
  • You have an ongoing health issue and need guidance on where to seek help.
  • You are returning to campus after a difficult life circumstance and you are not sure how to transition back to school.
  • You need help navigating University resources you might need. 
  • You are considering taking a withdrawal from the university and would like to discuss your options.