Fall Training & Support for Students in Distress

September 24, 2020

This email is sent on behalf of University Health Services (UHS)

Dear Faculty and Staff - 

Over the last few years, you may have become acquainted with the Mental Health Handbook and the Gold Folder, two tools to assist faculty and staff in helping someone in distress. One component of that help is understanding when a student may be in danger of suicide. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) would like to offer you unique trainings specifically to support students who may be thinking about suicide. 

This training, an introductory overview, will use a scenario, lecture and discussion to help you understand the warning signs and risk factors associated with thoughts of suicide.  You will learn ways to approach and talk to a student about your concerns, including how to ask a question about suicide. Lastly, you will learn the resources and how to make appropriate referrals.

The 1 hour and 15 minute training offered by Counseling and Psychological Services is specifically for UC Berkeley Faculty and Staff and will be held virtually via zoom. Zoom link will be provided a week before the training.

Tuesday, October 6 - Faculty/Staff, virtual via zoom, 12:10-1:30pm, register here

Wednesday, October 21 - Faculty/Staff, virtual via zoom, 12:10-1:30pm, register here 

When tragic events happen in our Berkeley community, our faculty and staff are often called upon to offer support to students impacted. This 1 hour and 30 minute course will help you to learn the basic skills necessary to provide common sense support after a tragedy, such as a student death. The course will also address CAPS response and how faculty and staff can collaborate with the Tang Center. This course is being offered as a way to help increase the support campus provides in the aftermath of a tragedy and help the community begin to heal.

Thursday, November 5,  PFA for Faculty/Staff, virtual via zoom, 12:10-1:30pm, register here

Please email Aaron Cohen, PhD at acohen@berkeley.edu if you have any questions.

Be well,

Guy Nicolette, MD, CAQSM
Assistant Vice Chancellor
University Health Services 

Peter Cornish, PhD
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
University Health Services


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