Providing effective responses to mental health challenges faced by international students

Due to popular demand, registration for the second run of our course on mental health challenges is now open. Join expert trainers and your international education community on 13 and 15 October for a hands-on course that will explore how to provide effective support for international students who are facing mental health challenges. See the full course outline below.

Trainers Jessica Price and Stephanie Griffiths will guide you through case studies and practical exercises to help you develop the necessary skills to recognise mental health distress and promote well-being among your students. This course comprises six hours of face-to-face online learning and around two hours of self-guided study to be completed before the final session.

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year sent ripples across the world of higher education, highlighting the unique vulnerability of international students. A study that looked at more than 150+ universities worldwide uncovered that when the pandemic hit, students not only turned to their counsellors but also to faculty and support staff for answers and help. This makes it clear that supporting students' mental health takes a whole university approach and requires collaboration between several different professions.    

What you'll learn

Through case studies, group discussions and practical exercises, this course helps student-support staff develop the necessary skills to recognise mental health distress among students. It will also help you understand and define possible courses of action to promote student well-being.  

This online course will help you: 

  • Become aware of the psychologically negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the international student population 
  • Learn how to recognise signs of psychological distress and warning signs among students that require immediate intervention 
  • Understand the dynamics of psychological referrals and confidentiality 
  • Understand how students cope with psychological distress and how to distinguish between positive and negative coping 
  • Recognise the connection between psychological assets, positive coping and resilience; and how to draw from these constructs to build student well-being and awareness campaigns 

How to get the most out of this course

This course provides excellent training for support staff, team leaders and academic staff who have regular contact with international students, or work within student service departments.  

If you have any questions about this course, please check the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Important dates

  • 13

    Training, 14:00–17:30 CET

  • 14

    Self-guided study

  • 15

    Training, 14:00–17:00 CET