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Addressing Students’ Mental Health Needs in Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses

By Elizabeth Niehaus, Angela Bryan, Matthew J. Nelson and Kaleb Briscoe


The increased enrollment of students with mental health needs in U.S. higher education, paired with increasing emphasis on study abroad participation has led campus mental health professionals to consider how their services might extend to serve students with mental health needs who are studying abroad. When it comes to faculty led courses, instructors can play a key role in providing on-the-ground support for students experiencing mental health challenges. The findings from this study provide key insights that college mental health professionals can use to better understand and support these instructors as they serve on the front lines of addressing students’ mental health needs while they are away from campus. In particular, our findings point to key ways that college mental health professionals can partner with education abroad offices to provide effective pre-departure training and in-country support for faculty instructors

Topics: Study abroad, off-campus support, college faculty, Counseling Psychology, Education, Educational Administration and Supervision, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, School Psychology
Publisher: DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Year: 2020
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