Helping Distressed or Distressing Students, Part I: A Guide for Faculty & Staff

The REACH program presents: Helping Distressed or Distressing Students, Part 1. A Guide for Faculty & Staff

This session provides an overview of recognizing and responding to student mental health concerns. The session aims to assist in participants’ efforts to respond to distressed or distressing students, as all members of the GW community play a central role in student help-seeking efforts. Although participants are never expected to provide counseling, it can be helpful to understand the critical role each member of our campus community can play in responding to student problems, be familiar with the signs that indicate a student is in need of help / support, and understand the steps in making appropriate referrals. This session will specifically distinguish between students struggling with the following: anxiety, depression, suicidality, poor contact with reality, substance abuse, eating disorders, or who may present as aggressive or violent.

Participants will:

  • Gain increased awareness about student mental health concerns
  • Learn about the important role you can play in responding to student mental health concerns
  • Gain tips and strategies for effectively responding to student mental health concern
  • Learn about appropriate resources that assist students with their mental health concerns, as well as guidelines on how to make referrals to CAPS

Presented by Counseling & Psychological Services

 

Designed for GW faculty and staff, the Raise Up GW REACH program seeks to build student Resilience by promoting Engagement with and Access to Campus Health and well-being resources. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to engage in workshops that will provide information about student well-being trends, availability of services, and how to make appropriate referrals to those services.

This session is for faculty and staff. Please register for this session with your GW email.

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