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Dealing with Distressed Students

The SELT Fall 2005 Professional Development event took place on Thursday, September 15th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Jenny Miller, Psychologist with the CSB/SJU Counseling Services Department was our presenter on the topic of “Dealing with Distressed Students”.

Jenny Miller
Psychologist at CSB/SJU

Fifty-three registrants attended this session in the Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center at St. Ben’s.  Following a luncheon, with the use of a Power Point show, Jenny provided us with information on recognizing distress in students during their first year, sophomore year, junior year and senior year.  Attendees broke into assigned groups for each year and had to identify what stressors they felt impacted our students.This information was shared with everyone.

A question and answer segment occurred with sharing of situations departments have experienced.  Jenny provided feed back on the issues.  She encouraged individuals that may have a situation that they are not certain how to handle to contact the Counseling Services Department for advice. Additionally, if any one has an individual in a crisis state that we take immediate action by contacting the Counseling Services Department and informing them of the situation. This will enable the counselors to clear their calendar in order to address the crisis.

Jenny provided attendees with a useful handout on Recognizing Distressed Students.  This handout not only gave general information, but also campus resources in appropriately assisting students in distress.  To obtain a copy of this handout please contact the Counseling Services Department.

Following the event, there was a drawing for door prizes.  In addition to three SELT water bottles, two books recommended by Jenny were used.  They were Real College:  The Essential Guide to College Life, by Douglas Stone & Elizabeth Tippett and The Ultimate College Survival Guide, by Janet Farrar Worthington & Ronald Farrar.