Week 3 – Discussion
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
|Mental Health [WLO: 1] [CLOs: 1, 3]|
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read from your textbook Chapter 27, Counseling and Helping Skills.
As a student services professional, you will be required not only to support the academic success of your students, but also to support their emotional well-being and mental health, this although you may not be specifically trained as a professional counselor.
Consider the following scenario:
You are an advising counselor. One of your first-year students makes an appointment with you to talk about scheduling for the next school year. You have developed a strong rapport with this student and he confesses that he has been struggling with depression and has had thoughts of suicide. While he does seem to be making steady academic progress, he says he has had a hard time making friends and feels quite lonely.
In your initial post,
- Describe how you would handle this situation.
- Justify your actions, citing argument and evidence from Chapter 27 of the textbook and another credible source.
- Identify some concerns or challenges you might face in helping this student.
- Explain how you would overcome them.
Guided Response: In your responses to at least two of your peers, comment critically and constructively on how they propose to handle the situation. Offer insights and suggestions for overcoming concerns and challenges in dealing with students who have mental health disorders.
Though two replies are the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and application of the material, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you (including your instructor) before Day 7. This ongoing engagement in the discussion will deepen the conversation while providing opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic. In addition to offering comments, encourage further conversation by questioning your peers about their responses