Helping Faculty Help Students Who Need Mental Health Care
Student Affairs Health Solutions
At colleges and universities across the country, faculty and staff are seeing more and more student cases of mental illness.
Naturally, they’re referring these students to traditional counseling services.
The problem: Many of these students simply won’t go.
Students are reluctant to seek traditional counseling because of cultural barriers or stigma.
As a result, faculty and staff are often unsure how to respond and feel they have neither the resources nor the skills to address these mental health problems.
In this seminar discover two unique programs designed to address these issues. The presentation includes a review of these two proven approaches:
- The Let’s Talk program offers informal, pre-counseling conversations with mental health professionals in locations outside counseling centers. It was developed for students who refuse to seek traditional counseling services
- Community Consultation and Intervention (CCI) provides intensive consultation to faculty and staff, “student support” meetings for students in need of counseling, and crisis intervention coordination.
By understanding the merits and structure of these two programs, you’ll be able to better support your faculty. You’ll learn:
- How to create alternatives for students in distress who won’t go to traditional counseling.
- Why a “one-size-fits-all” approach to just sending people to counseling centers has its limitations.
- What you can do to develop programs similar to Cornell’s on your campus.
Whether you choose to follow Cornell’s lead or not, by the end of the seminar you’ll be aware of the challenges of today’s mental health issues on campus. You’ll also see the benefits of thinking outside the box for unique solutions to these complicated issues.
Who Will Benefit from This Seminar
- Faculty or staff members or academic advisors
- Student Affairs professionals
- Counseling center directors, and staff.
A Great Value
Student mental health issues can affect the entire faculty and staff. We want you to invite as many of them to the seminar as possible to watch.
About the Presenters
Gregory Eells currently serves as the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and the Associate Director of Gannett Health Services at Cornell University. Dr. Eells regularly publishes articles in scholarly journals, presents frequently and has discussed college mental health issues on CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio. His areas of interest include leadership, staff morale, mental health delivery systems, self-injury in higher education, and providing care to challenging students. Dr. Eells has worked in higher education mental health for 17 years and has served as a director of a university counseling service for the past 13 years.
Matt Boone is a clinical social worker and therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University. He is the coordinator and primary developer of Let's Talk, an innovative outreach program designed to reach students who are reluctant to access traditional counseling services. Let's Talk offers informal, pre-counseling conversations with professional counselors in locations outside of the counseling center such as advising offices and community centers. He has written and presented on a variety of subjects, including Let's Talk, eating disorders, counseling center outreach, attitudes toward professional help-seeking, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Includes a Discussion Guide for Facilitators
Participating in a Magna Online Seminar as a team can help leverage unique insights, foster collaboration, and build momentum for change. Each seminar now includes a Discussion Guide for Facilitators which provides step-by-step instructions for generating productive discussions and thoughtful reflection. You also get guidelines for continuing the conversation after the event, implementing the strategies discussed, and creating a feedback loop for sharing best practices and challenges.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Audio with PowerPoint
3 WAYS TO ORDER:
- PDF Transcript
- Facillitator's Guide
- Supplemental Materials
- PowerPoint Handouts
|Gregory Eells, Ph.D.|