How to Help Students Build Resiliency & Overcome Their Obstacles

How to Help Students Build Resiliency & Overcome Their Obstacles

Residential Life Staff & Student Affairs Challenge

Threat Assessment ... Behavorial Intervention Teams ... Risk Rubrics ...

There has to be a better way to help depressed and mentally ill students.

Every year, residential life staff and student affairs counselors see an increasing number of students enter college with some type of psychological problem or mental illness.

They are presented with reams of data and survey results highlighting the increased risk and problems this generation of students has to face when going to school. And every year, you take the same approach in what feels like a losing battle

Note that everything here focuses on the negative–the student's problems. And therein the problem lies....until now.

Your presenters help you focus on a student’s strengths, living life in balance, and building positive connections with other students in this 90-minute seminar.


It uses tools, such as the “7 ways to build resiliency,” which include learning how to practice optimism, understand happiness, and use the heroic journey to inspire hope and perseverance.

Ultimately, it’s a proven alternative that can help you aid a student population with an increasing number of problems and mental health concerns–many of which are treatable through this method.

This seminar helps you understand:

  • The concepts of positive psychology, resiliency model of care, narrative therapy and change theory. More importantly, you’ll see how these concepts apply to students.
  • How the approach works. We’ll review five detailed case studies where student behavior was re-conceptualized into a more positive, resiliency-focused manner.
  • How to apply these theories in real-life situations. We’ll show practical skills that will help you see students from a positive psychology/resiliency model.
  • <What the standard “medical model” approach looks like compared to the positive psychology approach. We’ll demonstrate through role-play scenarios.
  • Why building community and seeking peer support is so important, and how to do it. We’ll show you how student-run programs and online resources can help achieve both goals.
  • What methods work best for de-stigmatizing the referral process for mental health care. You’ll see how to make treatment as accepted as nutrition counseling, advising or tutoring.

Role-play scenarios are also incorporated into a discussion of the five case studies, and highlight the differences between the standard “medical model” approach versus the positive psychology approach.


Who benefits from this seminar:

  • Resident Advisors
  • Resident Directors
  • Deans of Student Affairs
  • VPs of Student Affairs
  • Student Affairs Staff
  • College Counselors


Order this program that breaks from the mindset of medicating and pathologizing.

Product Code: LC10CC

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