Magna On-Demand Seminars

7 Counseling Skills All Student Affairs Professionals Need

College is stressful for any student. Those with mental health concerns are even more susceptible to dropping out. Learn how to recognize when a student is struggling with mental illness and how to make an effective referral to mental health counseling. As a result, you’ll help students stay in school and graduate.

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Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days.

Student Mental Health Affects Retention

Resident advisors, academic advisors, admissions and career counselors, financial aid staff, and student affairs professionals are ideally positioned to recognize when a student is struggling with mental illness—if they have the tools.

These professionals don’t need to become full-fledged counselors, but they do need to have a basic aptitude for recognizing signs and symptoms, proficiency in making effective referrals, and the ability to consult intelligently with mental health care professionals.


The student affairs and counseling professions complement one another. This presentation gives you a window into:

  • Different emotional states and how they affect student performance
  • Basic symptomology associated with depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, antisocial behavior, and other conditions
  • Warning signs that will allow you to take appropriate action
  • A blueprint for effectively assisting both students and mental health counselors

The presenter specifically adapts this information to make it understandable to people outside the mental health field.

Learning Goals

Familiarity with the basic tenets of mental health counseling can empower you to experience greater success and satisfaction in your own career and provide a working knowledge of the counseling skills required to be a successful, student-focused college educator. By watching this seminar, you will have the tools to:

  • Increase student retention
  • Improve the success rate of students you work with
  • Help students overcome obstacles and achieve lifelong dreams

Topics Covered

Seven Counseling Skills All Student Affairs Professionals Need is designed for those whose jobs do not entail direct counseling, but do include responsibility for helping students succeed. You will be introduced to:

  • The role of a counselor, including job limitations and basic ethical and legal considerations
  • Important basic counseling skills and how to use them
  • The difference between mental health screening and diagnosis
  • Guidelines for recognizing at-risk students
  • Strategies for referring students to mental health counseling services in an effective manner
  • Principles of effective consultation with counselors and administrators to determine the appropriate course of action for each student

Basic counseling skills make you more effective when helping students, parents, staff, colleagues, administrators, and the general public.


This program will appeal to entry-level to mid-level student affairs professionals (including those working at a management level) who want to be more effective within their discipline or department. This includes:

  • Advisors
  • Counselors
  • Assistant directors
  • Associate directors
  • Directors
  • Assistant deans
  • Associate deans
  • Deans
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Coordinators

Higher-level administrators will also find the seminar helpful.


Get the counseling skills you need to help your students. Order your copy today.

Product Code: LC13BC

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