Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education
A survey led by CourseHero revealed 46% of faculty members reported their students come to them with a mental health concern multiple times per month or more. Yet, it is reported by the American Psychological Association that many faculty members feel ill-equipped to offer mental health first aid. CIEE recognizes the importance of elevating mental health awareness in higher education and offers this training to foster a supportive and thriving academic environment. This certification program is designed to empower participants with the tools they need to become Certified Mental Health First Aiders, equipped to provide effective support and assistance to students facing mental health and substance use challenges. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will earn the title of Certified Mental Health First Aider, with a certification that remains valid for three years. This credential will enhance your professional profile and demonstrate your commitment to fostering a mentally healthy and supportive academic community.
*Additional registration fee required.
**Please, meet us in the hotel lobby at 7:40 am to go to the CIEE Paris Center.
Benefits of Certification
- Reducing Stigma: Break down barriers by learning how to address mental health topics with empathy and understanding, contributing to a more open and inclusive campus culture.
- Recognizing Signs and Symptoms: Develop the skills to identify early signs of mental health or substance use issues, enabling you to offer timely assistance and support to those in need.
- Navigating Tough Challenges: Gain insights into addressing challenging scenarios related to mental health, helping you confidently approach difficult conversations and situations.
- Responsive Care: Equip yourself with strategies to respond effectively to common mental health and substance use challenges prevalent in high-stress academic environments, such as in college life and on study abroad programs.
- Self-Care Techniques: Discover self-care techniques that help you stay well and provide sustained support to students, striking a balance between your well-being and your role as a caregiver.
Who Should Attend
This session is tailored for a diverse range of professionals who interact with students and play a crucial role in their holistic development. If you are a faculty member, academic advisor, study abroad coordinator, career advisor, resident advisor, administrator, or anyone involved in student-centered programs, this session is an essential investment in your capacity to provide compassionate and effective support.
Morgan Reiss, Director, Health, Safety and Security
Rebecca Cando, Regional Security Manager