Students In Distress: Guidelines for Faculty and Staff Interventions is offered as a 3 hour workshop and delivered by staff from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).) It is offered as an educational program to assist the Penn State campus community to identify the needs of students experiencing emotional distress or academic difficulties due to psychological or behavioral problems. The goal of the workshop is to help faculty and staff recognize students in distress and make appropriate referrals for assistance to The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or other campus and community resources.
An abriged version of Students in Distress can be delivered at your location to faculty and staff groups at the University Park campus by contacting the CAPS outreach coordinator. Additionally, this program is periodically available through OHR's Center for Workplace Learning and Performance (CWLP) as a scheduled program open to faculty and staff from throughout the Commonwealth Campuses.You can checkprogram availability by visiting CWLP's website at http://ohr.psu.edu/learning/.
In addition, each of the Penn State campuses has their own video of the workshop for use by presenters at the campuses. However, when a live presentation can't be scheduled due to time, distance, or circumstance, this on-line version of the workshop can provide you with most of the content of the workshop and help answer some of your immediate questions about how to proceed to help students you are concerned about. You can also use this online versionas a preview of the workshop so you can see if scheduling a live presentation would be beneficial for your unit, or it can provide you with information as a "refresher," if you've attended the workshop in the past. It includes dramatic role play scenes that can help you visualize the kinds of situations you may find yourself in as you come into contact with students in your work.