Parents and Families Resource Page

Those of us at Potomac State College who work with students know how valuable a resource and supportive parents and other caregivers are to college students.  We find that the students whose parents are actively aware and maintain open communication lines with their sons and daughters are the ones who are the most likely to succeed academically, make wise and appropriate choices, and refrain from engaging in high-risk behaviors such as alcohol abuse.

Listed below are some links to websites that you might find helpful and informative:

Listed below are some texts that you might find helpful and informative:

While Potomac State College of West Virginia University does not endorse these books or necessarily agree with all the material contained in them, they have been recommended by colleagues at other university counseling centers as useful resources for parents.

Letting Go:  A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years     by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years    by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller

Helping Your First-Year College Student Succeed:  A Guide for Parents  byRichard H. Mullendore and Cathie Hatch

You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child  During The College Years  by Marjorie Savage

How can the Counseling Services help parents?

We are available for consultation to parents by phone, by appointment, or by e-mail.  We invite parents to call if they have any questions about how their son or daughter may obtain services at the Counseling Office.  Detailed information about our services may be found on our Web site.

We are not able to talk to parents in any way about their son's or daughter's participation in counseling without the student's written consent for release of information.  Confidentiality is a very important part of the counseling relationship we establish with students.  We adhere to the guidelines of confidentiality in therapeutic services as established and mandated by licensing boards.

Looking for a private therapist or psychologist?  Check out the American Mental Health Alliance Web site for a list of practitioners in your area:  (

If you need further information, please contact Psychological Counseling Services by telephone at (304) 788-6976 or simply stop by the office located on the base floor of the Health Center.