Foundation skills in student mental health (free webinar recording)

Mental healthcare

Course information

Upcoming Date: TBC
Upcoming Time: TBC
Length: 1 hour
Cost: Free

About the course

student mental health

It is estimated that one in four university students will experience mental illness and students are increasingly speaking to student support services and faculty members about their mental health concerns. COVID has highlighted the difficulties many students face, while staff report feeling ill-equipped to deal with complex or acute mental health problems.

This one-hour webinar focuses on using simple relational skills and psychological techniques to manage a student in acute distress, engage them in a solution-focused conversation, and establish professional boundaries early on.

This webinar is based on our one-day Maudsley Masterclass Mental health skills for university faculty and personal tutors, which uses case-based interactive learning to empower university staff to work skilfully within their professional boundaries, providing effective and time-efficient support to students.

The following topics are covered:

  • Managing students during acute distress or panic with de-escalation techniques
  • Therapeutic engagement and ‘moving on’ from acute distress
  • Managing professional boundaries · Signposting to other services




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Learning Objectives

After taking this course, learners will be able to:

  • Manage acute distress or panic
  • Respond effectively to students experiencing psychological difficultie
  • Move from distress to goal-setting using simple therapeutic techniques
  • Set boundaries in your role as academic or personal tutor
  • Signpost to appropriate services as needed

Course Information

Target audience

Academic, Peer support mentors, Teacher, University faculty members, University health service doctors, University tutors

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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
Assistant Headteacher - London
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.
Teacher - London