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Responding Effective to Student with Mental Health Diagnoses While Keeping the Campus Safe and Secur

Start Date:
Tuesday, 15 August, 2017
End Date:
Tuesday, 15 August, 2017 11:30am
Health & Nutrition

Overview:Rest assured, your campus has a significant number of students who are dealing with emotional and mental issues. Join your colleagues from around the world as we 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 these college students and keep our campuses safe and secure. Specifically, we will explore how administrators, faculty and staff can better meet the needs of students with mental health diagnoses as well as those affected when an unfortunate event occurs on campus.

Indeed, understanding the characteristics of these students, the trauma they can potentially cause, and the impact it can have on all constituencies present on campus is essential to maintaining a safe, secure, and educationally-focused campus environment. It is imperative that decision-making protocols be in place that allows for the efficient identification of risk factors as well as a coordinated and ultimately successful intervention and recovery.

This webinar will present an applications-oriented, hands-on approach to dealing with students with mental health disorders and the traumatic events they can potentially precipitate. The emphasis will be on acting in the best interests of both the individual student(s) involved as well the campus as a whole. Why should you Attend: The effects on the institution can be dramatic when a student with a mental health diagnosis engages in violent or disruptive behavior.

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. Many of these problems are avoidable. Most 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. As such, the potential for traumatic events to occur on the contemporary college campus is ever-present.As enrollments have grown and as the diversity of student populations has continued to evolve, the need to be prepared to respond effectively and comprehensively when unfortunate episodes occur has become more acute.

The key is developing an effective response that fits the particular circumstances that characterize the specific traumatic event. Areas Covered in the Session: Recognize students who are experiencing emotional distressIntervene effectively with students who are exhibiting symptoms of mental illnessMake effective referrals for students who need additional assistanceConsult effectively with mental health and other professionalsIntervene appropriately in situations where the student or other individuals are at risk for harmDescribe the different ways trauma affects students -individually and collectivelyLearn the warning signs that are often present when a student is about to engage in violent and disruptive behaviorsDemonstrate best-practices in coordinating an effective response to traumatic eventsConstruct a traumatic-readiness needs assessment for their campusCritique evidence-based strategies for responding to traumatic eventsExplore the legal and ethical considerations associate with students with mental health diagnoses and in responding to the unfortunate episodes they can causeExamine the different types of early warning and emergency responses teamsDesign a training and education plan to make sure everyone on campus knows their respective roles in responding to the needs of students with mental health diagnoses as well as the traumatic events they can precipitate Who Will Benefit:Anyone in higher education who is involved in meeting the needs of students with mental health diagnoses and/or responding to unfortunate events precipitated by these individuals Speaker Profile Aaron 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.

Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University.

He has authored (or co-authored) over 50 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership, teams, conflict resolution, career development, standardized testing, diversity and administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training programs on a variety of topics centered on efficient and effective management at all levels.

With respect to the current topic, Dr. Hughey has developed and implemented numerous workforce development initiatives over the last thirty years with local and regional companies, agencies and organizations; he directly coordinated the process for three years. Price: $139.00 Contact Info:Netzealous LLC -MentorHealthPhone No: 1-800-385-1607Fax: 302-288-6884 Email: support@mentorhealth.comWebsite: Sponsorship Opportunity:



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