Helping Faculty To Recognize & Manage Student Mental Health Issues
In any given year, about one in four American adults are diagnosable with a mental disorder. The highest prevalence of serious mental illness occurs in 18-25 year-olds, making it likely that you will at some time encounter a student with a mental health issue. While not every student with a mental disorder will present a challenge to teaching and learning, it can be difficult to differentiate between abnormal behavior, student misconduct, and mental illness, and equally difficult to know how to respond.
In this webinar, you will learn the signs, red flags, and symptoms of several common mental disorders and effective strategies to de-escalate problem behaviors and manage disruptions to teaching and learning due to mental health concerns. We will clarify expectations for administrators, faculty, and staff so that you can operate within your role as a faculty member
and take appropriate action without attempting to make diagnoses or conduct therapy with students. We will also review tips for how to speak to a student when making a referral and general referral resources.
- Review relevant statistics on the prevalence of mental disorders in the United States
- Differentiate between abnormal behavior, student conduct issues, and mental disorders
- Examine the continuum of common disruptive behaviors in a college learning environment
- Identify the symptoms of Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Personality Disorders
- Clarify expectations for different campus roles and determine appropriate responses for dealing with mental health issues
- Explore a variety of strategies for effectively managing disruptions and de-escalating problem behaviors due to mental health concerns
- Discuss practical tips for making referrals to appropriate resources
- Generate a list of appropriate referral sources on campus and in your community
- Develop an overall philosophy and practical plan for effectively managing student mental health issues
Who Should Attend?
- 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Affairs/Services
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Veteran Services
- Campus Safety
- Human Resources