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1 Effective Training Programs for Faculty and Staff SUNY Safety Symposium October 29, 2007 Heidi Levine, SUNY Geneseo Sharon Mitchell, University at Buffalo Lori Osterhoudt, SUNY Delhi Kelly Sweener, Hudson Valley Community College

2 Session Format Review basic elements of faculty/staff training Introduce model programs Small, residential Community college University center Discussion

3 Faculty Staff Training: Formats Web Brochures In-person training

4 Training Components Developmental issues Warning signs Campus resources How to refer When to intervene Limits & boundaries

5 Founded in 1913 as an agricultural college, we are now one of the “Technology” colleges in SUNY. 625 acre campus located in small rural community on the northwest edge of the Catskill Mountains, 3 hours from New York City. 2,700 students on a primarily residential campus. Delhi offers 13 bachelor degree programs, over 40 associate degree programs, and numerous certificates. Fields of study range from Web Development to Culinary Arts and Adventure Recreation; from Humanities and Social Sciences to Nursing; Carpentry and Building Trades to Veterinary Science Technology; Architectural Design to Golf Course Operations. Diverse student body with 60/40 male to female ratio. Vibrant student life program including significant focus on community service.

6 New Employee Orientation Presentations to faculty at Academic Department meetings Professional Development Workshops Classroom presentations Referral Handout Strategies

7 Hudson Valley Community College Campus Characteristics Large, 90 acre campus located in the Capital Region More than 70 degree/certificate programs in four academic divisions Student Faculty Ratio is 19 to 1 Non-residential (this may change…) Student Headcount – 12,119 (8,330 FTE) Approximately 27% are 25 years or older Almost 6% are distance learners Approximately 4% with reported disabilities Employee Statistics 649 Faculty (59% Part-Time) 20 Department Chairs 209 NTP (15% Part-Time)

8 Center for Counseling & Transfer Staff Director Associate Director Counselors (3) Support Staff (1) Personal/Psychological Counseling Appointments increased 24% in past six years Represents approximately 20% of total student appointments More than 60% of cases involve significant mental health problems Transfer Counseling Appointments increased 49% in past six years Represents approximately 80% of total student appointments

9 Faculty/Staff Outreach Previous Initiatives New Faculty Orientation Faculty Workshop Day Stand-Alone Workshops Departmental Meetings Classroom Presentations Consultation Web Site New Initiatives or Works in Progress Formal Training through our Center for Effective Teaching More Specific Departmental Trainings Joint Training with Public Safety Brochures and Other Printed Materials

10 University at Buffalo Campus Characteristics Three campuses North Campus  Amherst, New York South Campus  Buffalo, New York Downtown Campus  Buffalo, New York Students: 18,165 undergraduate 9,055 graduate and professional Faculty: 1,601 full-time Degree programs: 84 undergraduate degrees 184 master’s degrees 78 doctoral degrees 4 professional programs

11 University at Buffalo Campus Crises In 2006, 47 students were transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation Average age: 22.9, range % were international students 74% had current or prior contact with Counseling Services Between , campus police responded to 21 calls about a suicide attempt In the last 5 years, approximately 6 UB students have died by suicide

12 QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer Cost $495 per person + presenter travel expenses primarily funded with grant money joint training with several campuses: discount for groups of 10+ ($395) On-line self-study alternative: same cost. Future: Have a master trainer on campus (to keep cost down) Instructor Training: December 2006: 36 people / September 2007: 18 people Training designed so lay people could deliver it. The QPR does require that people take this course and be certified as in instructors in order to say that you are doing "QPR gatekeeper training" QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Website:

13 QPR Number of Gatekeepers trained (since 9/1/07) 610 people UB affiliation Primarily students & professional staff 30% people of color Introduction of training to campus Student Affairs & Academic Support people first. Then Faculty, and Students. Marketing and Promotion Use of letter to campus, listservs, advertising in student and faculty/staff publications, online registration, websites dedicated specifically to suicide prevention, featured on the home page all Student Wellness Team websites, feature in banner on the Student Affairs page, ads on campus buses. Is a part of ALL suicide prevention interventions such as Suicide Prevention Week Tailored the training PowerPoint to fit with the concerns and data about our campus

14 QPR Baseline Jan 2007: Online survey to get baseline of campus knowledge of Student Wellness Team locations, resources, comfort with discussing suicide, knowledge about suicide, awareness of and participation in campus suicide prevention activities. (Will be repeating this in Jan 2008 and Jan 2009). Pre-test and Post-test analyses (Pre-test, post-test immediately following the training, post-test 3 months later) Attitudes positively influenced Knowledge of suicide prevention increased 83% rated the quality of the program content as above average or outstanding. Monitoring increase in referrals to CS by faculty, staff, other students UB will be hosting the Counseling Centers of NY conference in June QPR gatekeeper training sessions will be held. UB Suicide Prevention webpage:

15 Heidi Levine, Ph.D., Director of Student Health & Counseling SUNY Geneseo Sharon Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Services University at Buffalo Lori B. Osterhoudt, Director of Counseling Services SUNY Delhi Kelly Sweener, Psy.D., Director of Student Development Center for Counseling & Transfer Hudson Valley Community College


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