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Who:  FTCC Faculty Professional Development

What: Understanding Student Mental Health Diagnoses

Presenter: Dr. Marcus Hotaling, Director for the Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center at Union College

Mental HealthMental health issues are at an all-time high due to a variety of reasons, including Covid-19, racial stress and oppression, a polarizing political environment, and thankfully, a reduction in stigma. There is no place that is seeing this more than on college and university campuses – utilization rates have increased 30-40% over the past 10 years, even as enrollment has decreased 5% – and counseling centers remain overwhelmed with student demand, waitlists, and increased acuity.

These mental health issues are showing up across campuses and faculty and staff sometimes have difficulty addressing these issues due to concerns of not knowing how to help or fear of saying something wrong. 

Our expert presenter will focus on prominent mental health issues seen on college campuses and what the diagnoses look like, including how faculty and staff can identify them; know when to refer them; recognize emotions, behaviors and actions that require a more immediate concern; and talk to students with an empathic approach, without crossing boundaries or making either party feel uncomfortable.

Develop partnerships that assist in providing intervention, programming and support for all campus constituents. Help alleviate the strain on counseling centers, provide tools and resources to faculty and staff, and increase the confidence of your entire campus community that everyone is working together to keep students healthy, safe and successful.

When:  Wednesday, January 11, 2023 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sign-up Genius

Where: Virtual

Questions: Faculty can contact the Center for Faculty Development with any questions!