Mental Health and Emotional Issues: Our Obligation as Educators (EDU976R)

Presented By: Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 90 minutes
  • Thu, September 28, 2017
Event Description

Learn How to Recognize Students Experiencing Emotional Distress and Intervene Effectively

College is stressful even for healthy individuals. Much more so than was the case with previous generations, students are arriving on college campuses today with a lot of emotional and psychological baggage, which obviously affects their potential for success. Those who are susceptible to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or other conditions often find university life too difficult to manage. When things reach a crisis, students drop out or engage in counterproductive, even violent behavior. Money, time, and resources are wasted. Safety and security are compromised. Dreams are cut short. It is imperative that everyone in the campus community know how to effectively recognize, and respond to, the needs of these students – not only for their benefit, but for the sake of the institution as a whole and society in general.

The effects on the institution can be dramatic. 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.

Join your colleagues from around the country in this session where expert speaker Aaron W. Hughey will discuss the extent of the problem, the implications for everyone who works in higher education, and what can be done better to meet the needs of college students who have the potential to be successful with the right resources and support. This session will provide evidence-based best practices and related information and insights that can be used to respond more effectively to the needs of students with mental health and related issues. Learn what you can do to help students on your campus who are dealing with emotional and mental issues achieve their educational and life aspirations.

Session Highlights

In this session, you will learn:

  • The difference between emotional issues and mental illness
  • How prevalent emotional and mental issues are among today’s college student population
  • The reasons for the dramatic increase in symptomology over the last three decades
  • Some of the common stressors affecting college students (including social media implications)
  • Different emotional states and how they affect student behavior and performance
  • Basic symptomology associated with anxiety and adjustment disorders, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, antisocial behavior, and other conditions common among the college population
  • How to recognize the warning signs that a student may become violent and how to respond appropriately if necessary
  • The role of ‘behavioral intervention teams’ in dealing with students who are behaving erratically
  • A blueprint for effectively assisting students as well as mental health counselors

Session Benefits

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize students who are experiencing emotional distress
  • Intervene effectively with students who  are exhibiting symptoms of mental illness
  • Make effective referrals for students who need additional assistance
  • Consult effectively with mental health and other professionals
  • Intervene appropriately in situations where the student or other individuals are at risk for harm
  • Conduct training as part of a proactive strategy for dealing with students who are distressed
  • Advocate for the rights of students suffering from mental illness or emotional problems

Who Should Attend

Anyone who works on a college campus for both 2-year and 4-year institutions,  who is responsible for with meeting the comprehensive needs of students who are experiencing mental health challenges and keeping the campus safe and secure, such as:

  • Administrators
  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Student affairs professionals

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
Dr. Aaron W. 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. He is also a member of the President's Task Force on Student Retention at WKU. Before joining the faculty in 1991, ... More info