Managing distressed students

University of Edinburgh

Tuesday 12 May 2020

09:30 to 16:30

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Tuesday 12 May 2020 | 09:30 to 16:30 | University of Edinburgh

Members: £245+VAT | Non Members £345+VAT

Event overview

There is no doubt that students’ expectations of us, as staff working in higher education, are shifting radically. This is particularly evident when it comes to student mental health and wellbeing. Staff across the sector are finding it a challenge to respond to the levels of distress that students can present with.

In this one-day workshop, together we will start by exploring the current conversation happening across the sector about student mental health, and unpick the extent to which we are really seeing a crisis in student mental health. The workshop will equip you with the practical skills you need to respond to students in distress, invaluable skills whether you are a manager of a large student-facing team or a new member of staff in your first role in higher education.

We will also focus on practical ways to respond to a distressed student, including students who are at very high levels of risk. The session will help you to feel confident, for example, in talking to a student who tells you that they feels suicidal.

Every element of this workshop has been designed specifically for the higher education sector. In the final part of the day, we will look at ways in which you can look after your own wellbeing, as colleagues working in busy and challenging university roles.

Target audience

Whether you are new to the sector, early career, mid level management or senior management, this event is a chance to talk best practice and focus on duty of care.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, delegates will:

  • Understand the context in which we are discussing student mental health today, including the extent to which we are witnessing a crisis in student mental health
  • Know how to respond confidently to a distressed student
  • Understand practical ways to maintain the boundaries of their role when supporting students
  • Take away important tips for talking to a student who is presenting a high level of risk to themselves or others (for example, a student who mentions that they are feeling suicidal)
  • Understand important ways to look after their own wellbeing, as stuff members working in busy student-facing roles

AUA Managing Distressed Students Agenda