Academic performance can bring up many emotions for both undergraduate and graduate students. How can you, as an instructor or academic advisor, identify and respond appropriately to students who withdraw or behave in a distressed, disruptive, or dangerous manner? This 2.5-hour workshop will address noticing behaviours of concern, initiating supportive conversations, and mobilizing appropriate support resources. Since supporting students in distress can take an emotional toll on instructors and advisors, the importance of caring for yourself will also be discussed.
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Evelyn Rodinos is a psychologist with McGill’s Counselling and Mental Health Services. Her over 25 years’ experience includes working one-on-one with individuals struggling with issues related to depression and anxiety, facilitating training workshops on de-stigmatizing and increasing sensitivity regarding mental health issues, as well as participating in supporting peer-related campus initiatives to further mentalhealth literacy.
Dr. Carolyn Samuel has taught for over 20 years at universities abroad and in Canada. She was a faculty member at McGill for over 10 years and is now an Academic Associate with McGill’s Teaching and Learning Services. Carolyn’s area of expertise is Second Language Education. In her faculty member role, she frequently supported students who were struggling to cope with studying in a culturally and linguistically unfamiliar environment.