Destructive Romantic Relationships: How To Help Students Recognize Warning Signs & Make Healthy Decisions
The destructive college romantic relationship. It’s a common storyline in the campus setting. Whether you are a Resident Assistant or work in Student Affairs, you’ve probably had a student come to you wondering, “What should I do about this bad relationship I’m in?” You give them advice. You try to help. You talk with them about the consequences of staying in an unhealthy relationship when they should be focusing on school. You hope they realize that a break might be the best answer. But nothing works and you’re left feeling helpless. What can you do? What should you do?
This webinar will offer suggestions and guidelines for Student Affairs staff on how to best advise students seeking relationship help. Based on decades of working with college students in difficult dating relationships, Dr. MJ Raleigh and Dr. Brian Van Brunt will discuss warning signs that can help identify problematic relationships that have the potential to turn violent and/or dangerous. They will offer practical solutions to help students move away from these relationships and move forward to make better dating decisions. Participants will also learn how to utilize the positive signs of a healthy relationship when talking with students about their choices.
The main focus of this webinar will be on relationships that are currently
unproductive or problematic but have not crossed over into violence or sexual
assault. However, Dr. Raleigh and Dr. Van Brunt will discuss more serious
signs of relationship violence and the importance of proper referrals to judicial affairs,
counseling, and campus police.
- Help students identify the characteristics and warning signs of unhealthy relationships
- Address how unhealthy relationships differ from violent or dangerous relationships that include sexual assault or violence
- Develop an awareness of how broken relationships may be cyclical and in part due to early family messages about marriage, dating, and expectations about what it means to be in a “healthy relationship”
- Navigate between giving advice, guiding, and informing
- Develop an awareness of healthy relationship signs and how to foster positive communication
- Access on-campus resources and help for students in distress
Who Should Attend?
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Affairs/Services
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Residence Life
- Retention Specialist
- Student Life
- Greek Life
- Orientation Staff
- Campus Safety
- First Year Experience Coordinators
- Anyone who works directly with students