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1 Welcome to UC Davis. 22 How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D., Director Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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1 1 Welcome to UC Davis

2 22 How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D., Director Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D., Director Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

3 3 What are we going to discuss?  CAPS and other resources  College Student Mental Health  Transitions  Time for questions and comments  CAPS and other resources  College Student Mental Health  Transitions  Time for questions and comments

4 4 College student mental health is more than a professional issue

5 5 Who Is Here?  Northern, Central, Southern California  Out of State  Out of the Country  First Child Off to College (2nd, 3rd, 4th)  Last Child Off to College  Sad to see your child go  Excited to see your child go  Northern, Central, Southern California  Out of State  Out of the Country  First Child Off to College (2nd, 3rd, 4th)  Last Child Off to College  Sad to see your child go  Excited to see your child go

6 6 Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  Location  Staffing  Eligibility for Service  Counseling Services  Confidentiality  Consultation  The House  Contacting CAPS   then “0”  Location  Staffing  Eligibility for Service  Counseling Services  Confidentiality  Consultation  The House  Contacting CAPS   then “0”

7 7 A Caring Environment for Students Student HousingDeansFacultyAdvisors Other Students CAPS Student Affairs

8 8 A Team Approach To Respond to Student Mental Health Needs

9 9 This Transition How are you feeling? How is your child feeling? How are you feeling? How is your child feeling?

10 10 A Contributor to our Feelings: We Were Young Once

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12 12 College Student Challenges Three Basic Questions Who am I? Who will I be with? What am I going to do? Three Basic Questions Who am I? Who will I be with? What am I going to do?

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14 14 College Student Challenges Three Basic Activities Study Sleep Socialize Three Basic Activities Study Sleep Socialize

15 15 A Model of Student Distress Personal Factors School Factors Stress Attempt to Cope (unsuccessful) Distress Intervention Personal Factors School Factors Stress Attempt to Cope (unsuccessful) Distress Intervention

16 16 Graduate School Challenges

17 17 College Student Mental Health: ACHA 2004 Data Top 10 Health Impediment to Academic Performance 32.4% Stress 25.6%Cold/flu 24.6% Sleep 18.1% Concern for troubled friend 15.9% Relationship 15.3% Depression/Anxiety 13.4% Internet use/Computer games 8.6% Death of family/friend 8.5% Sinus/Ear Infection 7.6% Alcohol use

18 18 SELF ENVIRONMENTFUTURE Cognitive Triad = Negative/Distorted Feelings about self about environment about the future

19 19 Family Relationships Influence student feelings and behavior

20 Expectations

21 21 Saying Goodbye

22 22 Individuation/Separation

23 23 Motivation

24 24 Transitioning to UC Davis: The Beginning Issues  Navigate a new environment  Develop a new social group  Separate from friends  Cope with feelings of anonymity  Adapt to different academic expectations and standards Issues  Navigate a new environment  Develop a new social group  Separate from friends  Cope with feelings of anonymity  Adapt to different academic expectations and standards Suggestions  Have contact  Be a good listener- what do they want from you  Provide reassurance  Note common experiences  Encourage to use resources  Keep fit, sleep, eat, use the ARC Suggestions  Have contact  Be a good listener- what do they want from you  Provide reassurance  Note common experiences  Encourage to use resources  Keep fit, sleep, eat, use the ARC

25 25 Transitioning to UC Davis: Settle In  Issues  Homesickness may intensify = disconnect from UC Davis  Disenchantment with UC Davis  “Small fish in a big pond”  Worry about family problems  Academic reality sets in  Conflicts  Choosing a major  Issues  Homesickness may intensify = disconnect from UC Davis  Disenchantment with UC Davis  “Small fish in a big pond”  Worry about family problems  Academic reality sets in  Conflicts  Choosing a major  Suggestions  Pay a visit, bring a treat, take them out to eat  Reassure them that their feelings are normal  Balance responsibilities and life  Use student services/CAPS  Help them manage time  Be supportive-don’t try to fix it  Convey confidence in their ability  Suggestions  Pay a visit, bring a treat, take them out to eat  Reassure them that their feelings are normal  Balance responsibilities and life  Use student services/CAPS  Help them manage time  Be supportive-don’t try to fix it  Convey confidence in their ability

26 26 Transitioning To UC Davis: Ending the Quarter  Issues  Coping with academic and other stress  Manage feelings about the holidays  Study for finals; complete term papers  Separation from new friends  Issues  Coping with academic and other stress  Manage feelings about the holidays  Study for finals; complete term papers  Separation from new friends  Suggestions  Encourage them to discuss experiences  Encourage self-care  Discuss holiday plans  Familiarity with home  Suggestions  Encourage them to discuss experiences  Encourage self-care  Discuss holiday plans  Familiarity with home

27 27 Joie’s Tips: As Your Kids Leave For School 1.Three types of parents: 1) parents who obsess and try to help too much; 2) parents who can ’ t wait to see their kids go; 3) and ones in the middle-helpful but giving them independence ….that is what your kid wants 2.Don ’ t pat your kids on the head as you leave 3.Just because they are adults, don ’ t cut them off financially-realize the world will kick them in the butt with competing demands 4.Don ’ t fight your kids battles-let them deal with their problems rather than fighting their battles for them 5.Just be accepting of your kids ….support them; be flexible 6.Your kid will be busy with all the demands they will experience: If you don ’ t hear from them for a period of time, things are probably ok and they are just busy. (Maybe a brief call would help) 7.Even though your kid doesn ’ t live at home don ’ t open their mail without permission 1.Three types of parents: 1) parents who obsess and try to help too much; 2) parents who can ’ t wait to see their kids go; 3) and ones in the middle-helpful but giving them independence ….that is what your kid wants 2.Don ’ t pat your kids on the head as you leave 3.Just because they are adults, don ’ t cut them off financially-realize the world will kick them in the butt with competing demands 4.Don ’ t fight your kids battles-let them deal with their problems rather than fighting their battles for them 5.Just be accepting of your kids ….support them; be flexible 6.Your kid will be busy with all the demands they will experience: If you don ’ t hear from them for a period of time, things are probably ok and they are just busy. (Maybe a brief call would help) 7.Even though your kid doesn ’ t live at home don ’ t open their mail without permission

28 28 Joie’s Tips: As They Return From School 1.Don ’ t boss your kids around when they come home because the more you boss them around when they are home the less they will want to come home. 2.Your kids are going to see themselves differently so you are going to need to see them differently too. 3.Don ’ t get your feelings hurt when they come home and spend time with their friends rather than with you 4.They are living in a new world and may see their new world as home rather than their childhood home 5.Don ’ t change their room or use it for storage when they are home. 1.Don ’ t boss your kids around when they come home because the more you boss them around when they are home the less they will want to come home. 2.Your kids are going to see themselves differently so you are going to need to see them differently too. 3.Don ’ t get your feelings hurt when they come home and spend time with their friends rather than with you 4.They are living in a new world and may see their new world as home rather than their childhood home 5.Don ’ t change their room or use it for storage when they are home.

29 29 Transitions are Important

30 30 In Summary: A Couple of Tips a.Encourage them to take responsibility – b.Assess when to get involved to handle any problems c.Keep in touch … not too much … not too little d.Remember they are going through the same and different things you are going through e.Be careful about drastic changes f.Understand reality: theirs and yours g.If they are talking about problems understand what they are asking for (if anything). h.What do you want them to know: you love them, you will be there for them, you will give them room to grow … i.Give them roots and give them wings ….now is a time for both! a.Encourage them to take responsibility – b.Assess when to get involved to handle any problems c.Keep in touch … not too much … not too little d.Remember they are going through the same and different things you are going through e.Be careful about drastic changes f.Understand reality: theirs and yours g.If they are talking about problems understand what they are asking for (if anything). h.What do you want them to know: you love them, you will be there for them, you will give them room to grow … i.Give them roots and give them wings ….now is a time for both!

31 31 Your Dream and Our Goal  CAPS is here to help your children have a terrific experience at UC Davis while gaining knowledge about themselves, their relationships and their future goals…

32 32 Thanks for Listening  Questions  Comments  Issues  Concerns  Questions  Comments  Issues  Concerns


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