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Northwest Missouri State University


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RESPOND Training

Wellness Services is offering a training called RESPOND; a program that is designed to assist the campus community in identifying students with mental health concerns. We are expanding this training and are now offering RESPOND to Students! It is an 8 hour training and is held here on campus from 8am-5pm, with lunch provided by Maryville Partners in Prevention (MVPIP).

RESPOND is a program MU developed after gathering feedback from several schools in Missouri. Schools ranged from a small rural state school to Mizzou with 35,000 students. The program is designed to teach the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns. It is designed with the intention that it will be facilitated by mental health professionals.

The course is organized around the acronym RESPOND

R

ecognize signs

E

mpathize

S

hare concerns

P

ose open questions

O

ffer hope

N

avigate resources and policy

D

o self-care

Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. We define mental health problems broadly. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self (including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference). We address issues such as how FERPA works when mental health concerns exist, HIPAA where appropriate, and very briefly Title IX and confidential sources. The course is designed to be interactive about 70% of the eight hour day.