To help prepare you for your student's arrival at Sewanee, staff members from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University Wellness Center have compiled a list of recommended readings for parents and family members of incoming students.

The college experience is one that is meant to be both challenging and rewarding for your student, and the readings on this list share research and guidance for how best to support your student through their first year and beyond. While none are required, we suggest checking out one or two (or more!) over the next month and through your student's first semester. We will address these topics at Orientation, but you may find that the selected books offer additional, valuable insight. The recommended readings include:

We also recommend reading Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, a guide that is intended to help families have important conversations about mental health before students leave for college. It explains the laws and rules around privacy and parental notification, and encourages discussion about how students can keep their parents informed.

You may also be interested in reading some letters crafted by Dr. Sherry Hamby, Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South. In both a letter to her teenage daughter and a letter to her teenage son, Dr. Hamby reviews some important talking points and key research findings that can assist all parents in opening a conversation about sexual assault with their college-bound children.