Due to the fact that Clark’s faculty and staff are managing, responding to, and supporting an increasing number of our students struggling with mental health concerns, the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth (CPG) has developed a 7-week, 1-hour/week series to train Faculty, Teaching Assistants, and Staff members on how to support students with these issues. This is a series adapted from our Student Support Network (SSN) training program for students, which has successfully trained nearly 280 Clarkies in the past few years on how to support their peers struggling with their mental health. In the past 2 and a half years, we’ve also trained almost 60 faculty and staff.
This 7-week series will cover topics ranging from understanding various mental health issues to support skills and how to help students access the care they need while taking care of themselves along the way. These trainings will take place either in the conference room at the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth (CPG) at 114 Woodland Street or at another location on campus depending on how many staff and faculty are interested in the training. Here is a breakdown of the training schedule:
- Week One – The mental health of today’s college student: Why is this happening?
- Week Two – What is good mental health? // Core Supportive Skills
- Week Three – Depression and Anxiety
- Week Four – Helping People With Suicidal Thoughts
- Week Five – De-Escalating Intense Emotions and Behaviors
- Week Six – Connecting People to Help / Clark University’s Protocol
- Week Seven – Personal Boundaries and Self-Care / Q&A
This 7-week training is offered once a semester.