Counselling Centre training

Faculty and staff (non-student) have the opportunity to take part in mental health training in an effort to offer students the best support and experience possible. The Counselling Centre offers three different sessions designed to increase confidence supporting students in various levels of distress. Please see details about the virtual sessions below. It is mandatory that all interested faculty and staff proceed through the sessions in sequence, as each session presents information and skills in a progressive manner.

Mental Health 101: Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress

This session is part of the Stay Connected Mental Health Project (SCMHP). It focuses on how to identify a student in distress, as well as how to have a supportive conversation with that student. Resources on and off campus are reviewed and how to make an appropriate referral is discussed.

Mental Health 202: Practical Approaches for Supporting Students Who are Stressed, Anxious and/or Depressed

This session provides more detailed information about three of the top five student reported concerns that impede academic performance (stress, anxiety and depression). Ample time will be provided to engage in case consultation or case scenario discussions with colleagues and how to set and maintain boundaries will be discussed.

Mental Health 303: Risk of Suicide and Facilitating Referrals for Students

This session focuses solely on suicide in student populations. The signs indicative of suicidality will be discussed, as well as how to broadly and generally assess risk in an effort to make the most appropriate referral.

To register for any of these virtual sessions please visit our workshop page or email counselling@smu.ca.

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