This important resource draws from counseling and higher education professionals’ insights to unpack real-life dilemmas of students in distress both inside and outside the classroom, while providing readers with essential tools and recommendations for assisting distressed students. The chapters in Part I examine the impact of emotional and mental health on the college campus, what college campuses are doing to address students’ emotional and mental issues, the potential legal implications when dealing with students, and how faculty can and should approach this challenging topic. Each chapter in Part II includes a case narrative, along with a "Takeaways" section, which outlines and delineates the primary points faculty should consider when facing similar episodes involving distressed students. A "Questions for Reflection" section provides an opportunity for the reader to apply knowledge, reflect on their decision-making, and generate ideas individually or with peers. Helping College Students in Distress is a roadmap providing direction and examples of best practices for Higher Education faculty on the "front lines" in academia.
PART I: THE FRAMEWORK AND ROADMAP 1. FACULTY HELPING STUDENTS IN DISTRESS 2. USING BASIC HELPING SKILLS WHEN WORKING WITH STUDENTS IN DISTRESS PART II: SHARING THEIR STORIES: FACULTY HELPING STUDENTS IN DISTRESS 3. COPING AMIDST LIFE EVENTS AND MENTAL DISTRESS 4. SILENT GRIEF AND INVISIBLE PRESENCE 5. SETTING BOUNDARIES FOR YOURSELF WHEN A STUDENT IS IN DISTRESS 6. THE CASE OF THE SENIOR CITIZEN STUDENT 7. FEELING THE PRESSURE WHEN FACING THE UNEXPECTED 8. WHEN IDENTITY ISSUES AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS CAUSE DISTRESS: IT TAKES TIME 9. EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED: SUPPORTING A STUDENT IN CRISIS 10. HIDDEN TRIGGERS REVEALING STUDENTS IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS 11. WHEN A STUDENT'S BAD RELATIONSHIP GOT WORSE 12. WHEN A STUDENT EXPERIENCES A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS 13. GROUP DISTRESS AND HEALING WHEN TEACHING DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES
"It would be particularly fitting for college and university departments to provide this guide to faculty at the beginning of a semester or as part of the new faculty onboarding process to show institutional solidarity and support in assisting students. Overall, anyone who is currently helping distressed students or is interested in fostering their helping skills and competencies would likely consider this text a must-have addition to their office and would want to keep it easily accessible."
-Tabitha Epperson-Graham, Journal of Faculty Development