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Recognizing and Connecting with Students in Distress

In this period of increased stress and trauma, how do we ensure our students are learning? How do we balance and promote our own mental health and well being? How do we support positive mental health and well being for our students?

Facilitators: Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center) and Beth Cholette (Health and Counseling)

Now more than ever, faculty are one of the main (and perhaps, sometimes, only) touch points for our students, and teaching & supporting them in a remote environment presents additional challenges. Are you worried about a student? Members of faculty and staff at SUNY Geneseo are in an ideal position to recognize when students are struggling emotionally and may need help. However, sometimes it's hard to know what to do when faced with a tough situation.

Kognito At-Risk for Faculty & Staff is an online simulation that lets you practice conversations with virtual students so you'll know what to say in real life. The simulation has been designed to help you learn to notice signs of distress, use techniques to discuss your concerns, and refer students to appropriate resources when necessary.

Over 90% of users say they would recommend the Kognito simulation to their peers. Kognito is also listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practices Registry.

We are offering two TLC sessions this spring using Kognito [Friday, April 9 2:30-4:00pm; Thursday, April 29 1:00-2:30pm] to practice (or re-familiarize) faculty/staff with the online simulation to recognize students in distress and translate the skills to remote learning situations. Following the Kognito simulation, a member of the Health & Counseling staff will join for a facilitated debriefing and discussion to offer context to the experience and discuss real-life situations you've encountered.

Friday, April 9 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm

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Faculty & Staff


Academic, Health & Wellness

Teaching & Learning Center
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