Responding to Students of Concern

Best Practices for Behavioral Intervention Teams

Topics: Student Affairs, Student Health and Wellness, Mental Health and Counseling, Student Health Centers, Alcohol and Drug Use, Student Experience, Special Populations, Academic Support Programs

Articulating a Campus-Wide Approach to Mental Health

Carleton University’s Mental Health Framework Sets Training Goals

As a first priority, the Forum recommends that BITs develop training presentations, quick reference materials, and just-in-time reminders for the entire campus. After that foundation has been established, there are certain areas, roles, and departments where more specialized training is necessary. The Forum’s analysis reveals that few BITs currently provide tailored or differentiated training.

One institution that has demonstrated an impressive commitment to student mental health is Carleton University in Canada. During the Fall 2008 semester, Carleton formed an advisory committee that researched college student mental health needs and consulted with outside experts. The committee’s work culminated in the creation of a comprehensive framework that includes an institutional philosophy on student mental health services, policies governing mental health services, and an overview of mental health needs on campus.

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Practice #2: Role-Based Differentiated Training

A Multi-Level Approach