It is not our policy to take on High Risk Students for the Discipleship/Mentorship Program.We are not trained counselors, and are not qualified to take on High Risk Students. All High Risk Students will be referred to Christian Counseling. Once they have been through counseling and have shown spiritual growth we will revisit whether or not Discipleship or Mentorship is available for the individual.
High Risk Students are students that have not sought help in the following areas:
- Suicidal Plan: Students may have persistentthoughts of suicide, but that doesn't necessarily mean there is a problem. It's when they have thought so deeply on it and have a plan. That student would then need to get help immediately.
- Self-injury: Most self-injurers will hide their cuts/burns. If the student is self -injuring themselves they will need to get help. Counseling is recommended.
- Drug or Alcohol Abuse
- Eating Disorders: Dramatic weight loss, obsession with weight and exercise, frequent trips to the bathroom, self starvation, visual binging or purging, calloused or bruised knuckles, yellow teeth and finger nails. These are just a few signs of someone struggling with an eating disorder.
- Severe Depression: Feelings of sadness, angry outbursts, Tiredness, lack of energy or enthusiasm. Anxiety, agitation or restlessness (ex. excessive worrying, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still.) Slowed thinking and movements, feelings of worthlessness, failure or guilt, and suicidal thoughts are some signs. Counseling would be recommended for someone suffering from depression.
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) People who suffer with PTSD have experienced trauma by the following: Sexual abuse, physical abuse, rape, sudden disaster, sudden loss of a loved one or childhood neglect. If they have not been in counseling for this, we highly recommend counseling before discipling or mentoring this student.
- Sexually or physically abusive to others or have been physically or sexually abused and have not sought help.
- Other high risk behavior or mental condition.
- If a Discipler or Mentor finds out that the student they are working with falls under the category of High Risk, it is their responsibility to report it to their Advisor immediately. The Discipleship/ Mentorship Relationship will then be terminated and the student will be referred for help immediately.