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Responding Effectively to Students with Mental Health Issues: Your Role as a Member of the Higher Education Community (EDU862V)

Presented by: Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
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Evidence-Based Best Practices, Information and Insights in Responding to Students With Mental Health Issues

“Much more so than was the case with previous generations, students are arriving on our college campuses today with a lot of emotional and psychological baggage, which obviously affects their potential for success. It is imperative that everyone in the campus community know how to effectively recognize, and respond to, the needs of these students – not only for their benefit, but for the sake of the institution as a whole and society in general.”

College is stressful even for healthy individuals. Those prone to depression, substance abuse, anxiety, or other conditions often find it quite difficult to manage university life. When things reach a crisis, students drop out or engage in counterproductive, even violent behavior. Money, time, and resources are wasted. Safety and security are compromised. Dreams are cut short.

The effects on the institution can also be dramatic. Students with emotional issues and mental health concerns often ‘fall through the cracks’ and subsequently drop out. This leads to lower retention and graduation rates, which affects the college or university’s reputation, ranking and recruiting. Budgets sustain damage as universities hustle to fill unexpectedly empty classroom seats. Even worse, a student who is experiencing severe stress (which often accompanies unrecognized or untreated mental and emotional conditions) is much more likely to engage in dangerous, even deadly behaviors, which adversely affects the institution in a myriad of ways. No one wants their school to be the site of the next student tragedy.

Most of these problems can be avoided and a lot of institutions already offer an extensive array of mental health resources, but students don’t take advantage for a variety of reasons, such as the stigma of being labeled as mentally ill, ignorance or misinformation about available resources, and fear of asking for help. Rest assured, your campus has a significant number of students who are dealing with emotional and mental issues.

Join your colleagues from around the country in this session by expert speaker Dr. Aaron W. Hughey, as he will discuss the extent of the problem, the implications for everyone who works in higher education, and what can be done to better meet the needs of college students who have the potential to be successful with the right resources and support. Learn what you can do to help these students achieve their educational and life aspirations.

The session is going to help you recognize students who are experiencing emotional distress and intervene with students effectively who exhibit symptoms of mental illness, and/or others at risk for harm. Make effective referrals for students who need additional assistance with the help of this session, and consult with mental health and other professionals. You will also be able to conduct training as part of a proactive strategy for dealing with students who are distressed and advocate for the rights of students suffering from mental illness or emotional problems.

This webinar will provide evidence-based best practices and related information and insights that can be used immediately by a wide range of administrators, staff, and student affairs professionals interested in responding more effectively to the needs of students with mental health and related issues.

Session Highlights:

  • The difference between emotional issues and mental illness
  • How prevalent emotional and mental issues are among today’s college student population
  • The reasons for the dramatic increase in symptomology over the last three decades
  • Some of the common stressors affecting college students (including social media implications)
  • Different emotional states and how they affect student behavior and performance
  • Basic symptomology associated with anxiety and adjustment disorders, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, antisocial behavior, and other conditions common among the college population
  • How to recognize the warning signs that a student may become violent and how to respond appropriately if necessary
  • The role of ‘behavioral intervention teams’ in dealing with students who are behaving erratically
  • A blueprint for effectively assisting students as well as mental health counselors

Who Should Attend

  • Administrators, Staff, and Student Affairs Professionals.
  • Faculty and staff from both 2-year and 4-year institutions.
  • Anyone who works on a college campus or is in anyway responsible for making sure the environment is fully accessible and responsive to the special needs of such students.
  • Anyone who is charged with meeting the comprehensive needs of students who are experiencing mental health challenges and keeping the campus safe and secure.
About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey | Student Affairs & Retention SpeakerDr. Aaron W. Hughey
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He is also a member of the President's Task Force on Student Retention at WKU. Before joining the faculty in 1991, ... More info

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