All session times will be assigned and announced in the near future. All sessions will take place virtually - all times listed are Eastern:
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
12:30 - 2:00 PM EST
Title: Postvention in the COVID-19 Era: Expansion and Adaptation of Outreach in the Support of our Campus Communities
Yvonne Langdon-Maduekwe, Ph.D. CGP
Erica Lennon, Psy.D.
Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir, Ph.D.
Description: In the past few months, all of us have been called upon as outreach professionals to quickly adapt and expand our outreach services to continue to support our campus communities remotely. This program will explore the challenges confronted by outreach professionals including shifting of services to remote delivery (including ethical and legal considerations), care for the caretaker, attending to greater campus and community expectations, and considerations in the return to campus with reference to the recently released ACHA guidelines.
1. Participants will learn new and innovative means of delivering counseling center virtual outreach
2. Participants will increase their knowledge around the ethical and legal considerations in delivering virtual outreach services.
3. Participants will increase their knowledge of how to deliver virtual outreach in the COVID-19 era in line with national guidelines recently released by the American College Health Association.
2:15 - 3:15 PM EST
Gary Glass - Oxford College of Emory University
Instructional Level: Intermediate
This session introduces outreach materials and strategies that focus on shifting campus culture by broadening the way mental health is narrated and addressed on campus. Shifting away from "promoting mental health" toward "changing mentalities and mindsets," this program will illustrate how the expertise of counseling center professionals can be applied to broader institutional initiatives such as leadership development, academic advising, new student orientation, and other Student Affairs efforts, resulting in macro-level change for campus communities. The session will provide a broad framework to guide outreach efforts as well as specific objectives that align with most goals in the landscape of higher education. While programming must remain a significant component of counseling center outreach, this approach relies less on scheduled presentations and programs and more on strategies to identify and capitalize on key opportunities and campus change agents to promote goals of fostering a therapeutic-campus. Examples of consultations, training sessions, and micro-interventions having an impact on the campus community will be provided. The approach described in this session is informed by research-supported approaches that emphasize values alignment and cognitive therapies that are highly conducive to outreach strategies, such as ACT, DBT, and systems-theory and other social-deconstruction and critical theories.
3:30 - 4:30 PM EST
Soumya Madabhushi - University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Wellness and Prevention
Mental health struggles among college populations are increasing, and just as counseling centers are feeling the pressures of increasing demand and acuity, so are some of our campus partners. Research has demonstrated the ubiquity of trauma, and the short- and long-term impacts of exposure to adverse experiences in childhood and later during the life span. These traumas and mental health struggles are not only part of our students' reality but also of the staff and faculty that work with and support these students in their college journeys. There is need therefore for individual, group, and community level interventions to help our communities build capacity to extend support for one another; and to enable individual and community healing and growth. We will share examples of group level interventions undertaken, the positive impact noted, and lessons learned. We will discuss a yoga intervention tailored for trauma survivors to help foster individual healing. We will also address the variety of groups on campus (such as academic advising staff, students in nursing, social work, law etc.) to whom we have delivered psycho-educational trainings on trauma, as well as experiential workshops on vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, emphasizing building individual resilience and caring compassionate communities.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 PM EST
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our college campuses in significant ways both in terms of physical and psychological health. The pandemic has also brought to the surface the international and U.S. based inequities (Alvarez, Liang, Neville, 2016) within our society. Counseling center outreach teams are poised to identify and respond to the minority mental health concerns in this remote learning environment (Ainslie, 2013; French et.al., 2020; Neville, 2017). This session will focus on the challenges present in providing effective outreach programming to marginalized student communities and will provide some tools to address the mental health needs of our students. The impact of the pandemic on outreach professionals and ways of providing support to each other will also be discussed.
1:45 - 2:45 PM EST
Janice Harewood - Georgia Tech Counseling Center
Topic: Wellness and Prevention
Innovative mental health programming is imperative to meet wellness demands on college campuses, especially at STEM institutions where students may have less exposure to mental health information in the classroom. The Georgia Tech community focuses on creative, community-oriented mental health initiatives, including initiatives involving faculty and staff. Using institutional data and curriculum infusion research, the Counseling Center, in collaboration with Student Government Association and the Center for Academic Enrichment, developed a mental health resource for infusion into the first-year and transfer student seminars. The goals of the curriculum infusion program were to increase awareness about mental health issues and resources for incoming students, equip instructors to support students' mental health needs, and enhance the well-being of students and the campus community. This presentation will detail the process, from inception to implementation and assessment, of developing a research-based mental health curriculum infusion pilot program. Attendees will explore the role of curriculum infusion as a method for expanding access to mental health information on campus to enhance community well-being; describe the development and implementation of a curriculum infusion program for first-year and transfer student seminars; and, discuss the implications of equipping non-clinical faculty and staff to provide mental health support for students.
3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Harry Warner - The Ohio State University
As Outreach professionals in College Counseling Centers we are often asked to provide an overview or orientation of our services to various contingencies. Traditionally, these presentations have primarily focused solely on the "Counseling Center" and how to access clinical services. This presentation will provide rationale and an outline for responding these overview requests and expand the objectives to include a broader focus on mental health literacy, resource identification, and planning for positive mental health. Many counseling centers have responded to the increasing demand for services by introducing stepped care models, multi-modal services, greater emphasis on peer education, and collaborative campaign efforts. Still, students, families, staff, and faculty have the opportunity to expand their awareness of how to engage in mental health approaches across a continuum of available resources. Our hope is that participants leave this presentation with increased ability to provide psycho-education to our campuses regarding access to mental health and wellness resources. Specific "takeaways" from this session will include: 1) Rationale for creating a tailored "mental health overview" 2) Example outlines, interactive tools, and digital/web based media to reproduce this presentation on home campuses.