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To best serve our students, we must first carefully consider their experiences, their needs, and their strengths.
Student mental health issues are rightfully demanding our attention. When it comes to effectively confronting this complex challenge, existing solutions have fallen short. To best serve our students, we must first carefully consider their experiences, their needs, and their strengths. Only then are we able to conduct a critical evaluation of institutional supports and design meaningful programs that genuinely meet students’ needs.
Mental Health in Higher Education: A Theory-to-Practice Approach for Student Well-Being uses a strength-based, theory-grounded approach to support higher education professionals in developing clarity around the mental health challenges facing college students today. Over the course of this four-week virtual institute, we’ll explore research on a range of critical topics, including:
With an additional focus on supporting:
Together, we’ll consider how to implement targeted programs that foster a culture of student well-being using existing structures of support and resources. We’ll consider insights from leading researchers and ask meaningful questions about what students experience across a range of institutional contexts. And we’ll focus on understanding the scope of these issues as we build a toolkit of theories and models that can be used after the course to help evaluate, enhance, or create support structures at our institutions.
Mental Health in Higher Education: A Theory-to-Practice Approach for Student Well-Being is a virtual, four-week institute centered on unpacking the scope of student challenges, understanding what students at our home institutions need, and considering how to use theoretically grounded ideas to design institution-specific programs, policies, and practices that can help our students thrive.
All sessions will be held online from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (ET) on the following dates:
Wednesday, April 24Monday, April 29Wednesday, May 1Monday, May 6Wednesday, May 8Monday, May 13Wednesday, May 15Monday, May 20
Alexis Redding is a developmental psychologist who focuses on how to support young adults during the college years and the transition to the workforce.
This program is ideal for practitioners who have been in the field for at least 3 years, have a depth of institutional knowledge about the experiences of students at their school, and work directly with college students and/or make decisions about student life.
The content is suitable for practitioners in any institutional context within the United States – community colleges, commuter campuses, online institutions/programs, and residential campuses. The content is US-focused and limited to those working in this setting to ensure that the substance is both meaningful and applicable to every participant.
This program welcomes applications from both individuals and teams. First-time applicants need to create a Professional Education account to apply.
Individuals: Click the "Apply" button at the top of this page to log into your Professional Education account and access the application page. Proceed with the individual form until submission.
Step 1: Designate one participant or an administrative staff member as the Coordinator.
Step 2: Upon the submission of the team application, all team members will receive an email notification with a link to their personal application form. Team members should complete their forms promptly. Once all team members submit their forms, the application is considered complete and ready for review by the Admissions Committee.
Invoices: Invoices will only be available upon your acceptance.