Use Appreciative Advising to Guide those "Tough" Conversations (EDU618G)

Presented By: Joseph Murray , MSHR
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Use the Appreciative Advising Model to Build Strong Relationships with Your Students

Front line staff and supervisors often find it challenging to frame conversations with students about “bad news” – such as poor GPAs, being suspended or dismissed, low test scores, restricted majors and programs. Other topics might include not getting into a graduate program of choice, career choices, internships or assistantships.

And students often do not feel that their voices are heard during their collegiate experience. Institutional barriers can become insurmountable, and the roadblocks along the way, if not approached correctly, can force students to leave school. How can you, as an advisor, effectively deliver tough discussions and still build a strong relationship with each student from a position of strength and growth mindset?   

Join this life-transforming session with industry veteran Joe Murray, who will introduce you to the Appreciative Advising model – including all six stages (disarm, discover, dream, design, deliver, don't settle). Learn from examples and case studies how to apply the model to collegiate roadblocks that all students face. Make no mistake. This sort of personal connection and structured support is vital for retaining students! Regardless of our job titles, we are all “advisors”. And every interaction we have with students either supports our retention efforts or undermines them.

You will find the session engaging, informative and fun. After attending it, you will be able to use the model immediately – and reframe your conversations from a positive, strength based and open mindset.

Session Highlights

This session will teach you about the six stages of the Appreciative Advising model:

  • Disarm: What it is, how to use it, and its importance to supporting students in “trouble”
  • Discover: What it is, how to use it and its importance to exploring other options and choices
  • Dream: What it is, and how to use it to reframe a roadblock into an opportunity
  • Design: What it is, and how to use it to build a plan to move through or around those roadblocks
  • Deliver: What it is, and how to motivate students to follow through with the plan and assess along the way
  • Don’t settle: What it is, and how to get students to use goal setting and raise their own bar for success

Who Should Attend

  • Front-line academic advisors
  • Administrators
  • Directors
  • Faculty, especially those called upon to have “tough” conversations with students
  • Student affairs and other offices to frame their conversations 
  • Dean of students, housing, Greek life, financial aid, admissions and any other office that has to deliver tough news

At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get a direct response from our extremely knowledgeable speaker.

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About Our Speaker(s)

Joseph Murray MSHR
Joe Murray, MSHR, is currently the Assistant Dean; Undergraduate Studies, University Advising Services at Florida Atlantic University.  Prior to joining the FAU team, Joe served as the Director for Academic Advising and Retention Services at Miami (OH) University’s Hamilton Campus for 22 years.   He earned both a ... More info