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Workshop: Mental Health Issues in Study Abroad

Posted May 18, 2017

The Forum on Education Abroad is hosting a mental health workshop at ISEP Global offices in Rosslyn, Virginia, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing experience in handling mental health issues that may arise with students on an education abroad experience. It is designed for those responsible for developing, managing, assessing and improving education abroad programs.

Participants are expected to have familiarity with either hosting or sending students on education abroad programs. Professionals who may benefit from attending include study abroad administrators, study abroad advisors, faculty who lead programs, risk managers and colleagues who run campus internship programs and volunteer offices.

Workshop Details

The workshop will review trends in college mental health with specific focus on high-risk behaviors, identify certain mental health reactions to stress that can be problematic, discuss and explore philosophical, legal, and practical concerns.

Facilitators will discuss models for pre-departure screening, lay out appropriate roles to play when concerned about a student’s mental health distress, and provide strategies for managing mental health concerns when they occur. All of this will take place through an interactive workshop that engages participants in a discussion of case studies and application of the Standards of Good Practice at the ISEP Global office in Rosslyn, Virginia. This workshop is co-led by a mental health professional in higher education familiar with education abroad.

Facilitators: Natalie Mello (The Forum on Education Abroad) and Charlie Morse (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

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