White Paper
Student Leaders Struggling: When the Best and Brightest Need Help

Student Leaders Struggling: When the Best and Brightest Need Help

Learn how to recognize and respond to the warning signs that indicate a student leader is nearing a crisis point and strategies on how to help.

We rely heavily on student leaders. We rely on them to lead student organizations energetically, to put in extra time when required, and to handle an endless array of planning and execution details—all while managing a full load of classes and their busy personal lives.

Most student leaders manage their many duties without a hitch, amazing us with their abilities to multitask and balance competing priorities. Sometimes, however, student leaders become overwhelmed by their many responsibilities and things begin to fall apart.

That’s when student leaders rely on their advisors.

Student leaders need caring and alert professionals to notice when they are in need of support and intervention, because often they cannot recognize their own unhealthy behaviors. 

This white paper from the National Center for Student Leadership, Student Leaders Struggling: When the Best and Brightest Need Help, prepares student advisors and mentors to recognize and respond to the warning signs that indicate when a student leader is nearing a crisis point and how to help before, during, and after a crisis.

Student Leaders Struggling is based on an online seminar presented by experienced educators Lee Burdette Williams, Ph.D., Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D., and Christine M. Wilson, Ph.D.. Williams is the vice president and dean of students at Wheaton College (MA), Schreier is the director of Counseling and Mental Health Services at the University of Connecticut, and Wilson is associate dean of students and director of student activities at the University of Connecticut.

In this 40-page white paper, advisors to student organizations will learn:

  • How to recognize the signs of a student leader in distress
  • Crisis prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies
  • When and how to intervene effectively
  • The specific vulnerabilities of student leaders
  • Three levels of response to a student crisis
  • Common behaviors of struggling students
  • The KSA’s of Intervention Competence
  • Counseling referral techniques
  • The proper role of advisors and mentors
  • Ways to place reasonable limits on leadership responsibilities
  • The difference between due and undue influence over organizations
  • Why advisors must model healthy lifestyle habits
  • The importance of GPA and other qualifying requirements
  • Case study examples with analysis and recommended course of action

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