Developing a Self-Harm Compliance Protocol Webcast Recording



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This online training will give you guidance for supporting students who pose a threat to themselves while remaining compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is a great opportunity to learn how to update your policies and procedures to align with changing interpretations of Title II and Title III of the ADA. You will get action steps for dealing with a student who poses a threat to self and learn the fundamentals of addressing individual self-harm cases, including suicidal ideation, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

Case Studies

To ensure that you can apply what you learn during this webcast, we will share a number of case studies for specific instances of self-harm. These case studies can be used to better address the challenges you face in real life on campus.

Who Should Attend

Because a cross-functional protocol is needed to ensure successful compliance, this program is appropriate for all professionals responsible for managing self-harm incidents including:

  • Student affairs leadership
  • Health and counseling services
  • Disability services
  • Student conduct
  • Case managers
  • Behavioral intervention teams
  • Legal services
  • Residence life

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to apply legal and ethical decision-making practices to your self-harm protocol.


  • Overview of Current Regulations
  • Core Principles for Managing Student Mental Health Issues
    • Managing Disturbed and Disturbing Students
    • Range of Responses
  • Legal and Ethical Decision-Making Guidelines
  • Guidance from Professional Organizations
  • Revisiting Voluntary and Involuntary Leave Policies
  • Case Studies
    • Eating Disorders
    • Substance Abuse
    • Suicidal Ideation
  • Common Pitfalls to Avoid
  • Next Steps/Final Q&A


Gregory T. Eells, Ph.D., Associate Director, Gannett Health Services, Director, Counseling & Psychological Services, Cornell University

Dr. Gregory Eells holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York. He has worked in higher education mental health for twenty years and has served as a director of a university counseling service for the past sixteen years. 

Dr. Eells regularly publishes articles in scholarly journals and presents frequently. His areas of interest include leadership, staff morale, mental health delivery systems, student self-injury, and providing care to challenging students. Dr. Eells is a member of various professional organizations, is the chair-elect of the mental health section of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and a past president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD). He received a Presidential Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from AUCCCD and has been a strong advocate for college mental health issues, appearing on CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio.


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