Overview

18 Mar, 20219:15 am-4:10 pm
Online Training Course
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The Enhancing Student Mental Wellbeing in the Covid Era Training Course will provide up to date and evidence-based support in how your institution can deliver effective student mental provision that reflects the new challenges presented by the crisis and its aftermath.

This event has now sold out, but we’re running it again on July 1st – Find out more here.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has placed significant pressures on the mental health of students and young people. 37% of young people were found to be facing clinically significant levels of psychological distress in April 2020. A study from the University of Glasgow also found a significant increase in suicidal thoughts amongst the 18-29 age group during the first lockdown. A HEPI poll of 1000 students found that 58% of students said in November 2020 that their mental health was worse than at the beginning of the pandemic.

These unprecedented risks to mental health for students have presented major challenges to universities in how they identify and prevent distress and lead interventions in an era of lockdowns, distance learning and social isolation.

The Enhancing Student Mental Wellbeing in the Covid Era Training Course will provide up to date and evidence-based support in how your institution can deliver effective student mental provision that reflects the new challenges presented by the crisis and its aftermath.

In this highly interactive online course, you will engage in practical workshops to develop a tailored action plan to establish your team’s long term response to the mental health challenges caused by the crisis.

With this course, you can expect lots of discussion, interaction and expert-led support in embedding excellence within your mental health provision.

What to Expect

  • Gain the latest insights on how to tailor services to reflect the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on student mental wellbeing
  • Consider and respond to the impact of lockdowns, social isolation, blended learning and a transformed student experience on mental health risks
  • Examine how to design high impact crisis care and out of hours support for students
  • Discuss the role of academic staff and departments in supporting a holistic approach to managing student mental wellbeing
  • Design a targeted action plan to effectively support students following the crisis
  • Develop your institution’s preventative approach to student suicide and severe mental health risks

Agenda

9:15 am
Online Login and Registration
9:30 am
Icebreakers and Interactive Introduction

Before the training course gets underway, this welcoming session will allow all participants to introduce themselves, share their learning aims for the course and engage in an icebreaker activity before proceedings get underway.

9:45 am
Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

This opening session will allow you to understand the learning aims and share what you intend to learn and take away from the training course.

The central objective will be for you to learn how to tailor services to reflect the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on student mental wellbeing.

Dr Dominique Thompson
Dr Dominique Thompson
Consultant
Buzz Consulting
Confirmed
10:00 am
What Follows Covid? A Sector Update on Student Mental Health in 2021
  • Outlining the challenges now facing student support services in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis
  • Exploring the central action points for mental health leaders in designing interventions that reflect the challenges of lockdown and social isolation
  • Examining how mental health risks have changed and how student support must evolve in 2021 to meet new student needs
  • Discussing how service provision has transformed during the crisis and what institutions should learn from the pandemic
Alice Ludgate
Alice Ludgate
Head of Student Services
University of Plymouth
Confirmed
10:45 am
Break
11:00 am
A New Model for Responding to Students in Crisis: Managing Risk and Boundaries
  • What has changed?
  • New ways of working with partners post-COVID-19
  • Whole university approaches to managing risky behaviour
  • A case study from Cardiff University – a new model of collaboration between academic staff and professional services
11:50 am
Break
12:00 pm
Suicidal Thinking and Self-Harm Behaviours Amid the Crisis – Why it Happens and How you Should Respond
  • Gain insights on how the crisis has caused a rise in suicidal thinking amongst young people
  • Examine the role of effective crisis care amid the pandemic and consider what good crisis care looks like
  • Evaluate effective preventative measures that can be put in place in your institution
  • Learn about the possible warning signs that may present in students
  • Understand why students think about suicide or harm themselves
  • Feel confident to support students in distress whatever your role
Dr Dominique Thompson
Dr Dominique Thompson
Consultant
Buzz Consulting
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Break
2:00 pm
Workshop: Best Practice Amid the Pandemic: Where are you Now?

In this session, you will work with the chair to review your institution’s effectiveness in the area of mental wellbeing support and create an action plan for your role and your institution.

  • Identify areas for improvement in your organisation’s mental health/ wellbeing services
  • Analyse the barriers to realising improvements and how to overcome them
  • Can we learn from what we do well?
  • Consider innovative solutions
  • Consider how best to educate and support university colleagues
  • Develop an action plan to effectively support your students (and staff) going forward
Dr Dominique Thompson
Dr Dominique Thompson
Consultant
Buzz Consulting
Confirmed
2:45 pm
Break
3:00 pm
Workshop: Your Institution’s Action Plan: Transforming Services Following Covid

In an interactive group activity you will consider existing guidance and best practice examples to consider areas for development within your own service.

  • Identify areas for improvement in your organisation’s mental wellbeing services
  • Assess what has been learnt from the Covid-19 crisis
  • Analyse the barriers to realising improvements and how to overcome them
  • Consider how best to train and support university staff
  • Develop an action plan to effectively support your students following the pandemic
Dr Dominique Thompson
Dr Dominique Thompson
Consultant
Buzz Consulting
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Summary, Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change

Audience

This training course is specifically designed for the higher education sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Heads of Student Support
  • Heads of Student Welfare
  • Heads of Counselling
  • Directors of Student Life
  • Directors of Academic Affairs
  • Mental Health Coordinators
  • Student Service Managers
  • Student Wellbeing Officers

Pricing

  • Voluntary Sector (Online Training Rate)
    £295 + VAT
  • Public Sector (Online Training Rate)
    £325 + VAT
  • Private Sector (Online Training Rate)
    £395 + VAT
For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]