Creating a Training Model to Increase Faculty Engagement in Students' Mental Health

Last updated January 4, 2019

Course Length

1h 2m

Last Updated

January 4, 2019

Creating a Training Model to Increase Faculty Engagement in Students' Mental Health

Last updated January 4, 2019

Effectively train your faculty to be Student Mental Health identifiers, advocates, and supporters.


Faculty are on the frontline when it comes to student mental health, but many are not comfortable acting in or navigating this space. Instead of generically training your team with off-the-shelf materials, provide a more intentional and impactful way to integrate these key players in your mental health initiatives. This webcast, developed with David Reetz, Director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Counseling Center, provides a faculty engagement training model that is faculty-centric and action-oriented. You’ll gain insights into the different components of this successful training model that you can immediately adapt and apply to your own unique institutional context.

Prepare your faculty to minimize triggers and take action towards establishing a positive tone and an accepting climate for students with mental health concerns.

Who should attend?

Mental health professionals, directors of counseling centers, and education and health promotion professionals who are interested in more effectively training and engaging faculty in student mental health efforts will benefit from this content.


1. Contextual Information for Faculty: Today’s College Mental Health Landscape

  • Inspiring faculty buy-in
  • Practical data and higher education specific context

2. Individual Strategies: Setting the Tone and Influencing Campus Climate

  • Framing distress and understanding college student mental health (e.g., most mental health difficulties result in disengagement from people and/or demands)
  • Recommended phrases to engage students with faculty (e.g., “I can see this is important to you. Because this is important, let’s come up with a plan.”)
  • Setting up expectations in the classroom
  • How to properly refer students to campus resources

3. Strategies to Sustain Faculty Engagement

  • Invitations to get involved to learn more about student mental health
  • Importance of faculty self-care