Providing effective responses to mental health challenges faced by international students

Join expert trainers and your international education community on 22 and 24 February 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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Research and anecdotal evidence have demonstrated an alarming increase in mental health problems, post Pandemic, highlighting the unique vulnerability of international students. At a time where students struggle with heightened levels of anxiety, depression, cognitive overloading and “environmental angst”, it is essential for student support staff to be equipped to have conversations around difficult emotions and mental health concerns. Ultimately, supporting students takes a whole university approach and requires collaboration between several different professions. 

What you'll learn

Through the use of case studies, group discussions and practical exercises, this course helps student-support staff develop the necessary skills to recognise mental health distress among students, looking at the wider aspects of anxiety in an ever-challenging and uncertain world. It will also help you understand and define possible courses of action to promote student well-being and resilience.

This online course will help you: 

Understand the dynamics of psychological referrals and confidentiality 

  • Become aware of the stressors that continue to impact on the international student population, alongside the psychological and sociological effect of the Pandemic. 
  • Learn how to recognise signs of psychological distress and warning signs among students that require immediate intervention 
  • 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 
  • Learn and understand a “script” for “difficult conversations” with international students 

How to get the most out of this course

This course provides excellent training on how to develop an effective response when addressing mental health issues with international students. It is especially designed for support staff, team leaders and academic staff who have regular contact with international students, or work within student service departments, and do not necessarily have a background in counselling psychology.

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

Important dates

  • 22

    Training, 14:00–17:30 CET

  • 23

    Self-guided study

  • 24

    Training, 14:00–17:00 CET