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Course Details

For Whom: All Staff
Dates: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 09:15-13:00
Presenter: Lucy Smith
Duration: Half day

Course Overview

This programme is designed to resource frontline third level staff in identifying vulnerable students and linking them with support services when needed. The aim is to provide staff who have daily contact with students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and respond to distressed students. This will facilitate early intervention and increase the likelihood of students being linked to support services which is vital to their mental health.

Course Objectives/Outcomes

Facilitates Staff in building a knowledge base in the following areas:
The nature of student distress nationally and within their specific institutions.
How to recognise students in distress.
The range of resources and support services within colleges and in the communitywith which students may be linked with depending on their needs.
Clarifying the scope and limits of their role when responding to vulnerable students.
Circumstances when confidentiality should be maintained and broken.

Develop skills for communicating with distressed students including:
Communication skills for responding effectively to students
Identifying barriers to communication
Referring a student to counselling or other mental health services
Suggestions for coping if a student denies there is a problem
Helping students overcome resistance to seeking professional support
Exercise in responding to a range of scenarios with which distressed students present

Presenter Bio

Dr. Lucy Smith is qualified as a Clinical Psychologist and dual trained as a Psychotherapist with experience in psychodynamic and integrative psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working in HSE services, including both Adult Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), as well as University Primary Care Mental Health Care Services. 

She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (C.Clin.Psych, PsSI) and both a full member and secretary to the specialist Division of Psychotherapy within PsSI. Dr Smith is Head of Counselling at the University of Limerick Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service.

Ilona Haberska is a Chartered Psychologist and Psychoanalyst. She has recently commenced her role as Deputy Head of Counselling at UL.


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