September 14, 2021 | Family Orientation Webinar

Hear from a panel of staff members who will discuss supporting your student’s well-being as they get acclimated to Bates.

This program will include:

  • The Bates Health Service and after-hours care
  • CAPS (Counseling & Psychological Services)
  • The role of the student support advisor
  • Multifaith Chaplaincy
  • Res Life resources


Our written Q&A is shorter for this orientation session because so many questions were answered live during the event. We encourage you to view the video in its entirety.

Health Services

If our student has signed an advanced healthcare directive, should that be provided to the college?

Yes, students can provide this documentation to Health Services to ensure we have it as part of their medical record.

Is the form that the students sign at the health center so parents can be contacted somewhere online? 

The Authorization for Release of Student Health Information form can be found on this website.

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) 

How much do the counseling services and student support services cost? Do they work through insurance?

Counseling services are free to students.

If a student does not reach out to connect, is it likely someone might notice?

Excellent question! To add to the answer you are hearing live now, one of the benefits of the small college setting is we truly do try to stay alert and connect with students we may be concerned about. 

Healthy choices

Does the college have anything in place to help students avoid the temptation of the proliferation of dispensaries in the L/A area?

Great question! We work with a team of students called the peer health educators to create programming opportunities around things like this. Each first year also participated in a pre-arrival program designed to provide additional information.