Today’s college students  are experiencing increasing academic, financial, familial and social stressors, which can lead to significant emotional distress  and contribute to or exacerbate serious  psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and other mental health concerns.  Unfortunately, these concerns can interfere with students’ academic functioning and at times compromise their ability to remain in school.

As faculty and staff, you play an important role in ensuring that students receive the assistance, guidance and support they need to flourish intellectually, academically and psychologically during their time at Fordham. To support you in this role, the office of Counseling and Psychological Services offers an interactive online training, Kognito, that has been empirically demonstrated to assist faculty with learning best practices for identifying, approaching, and if necessary, referring students in psychological distress. This training has also been identified by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a best practice resource for preventing suicide.

We strongly encourage you to participate in this online course, which we trust will contribute to the realization of our University’s mission to provide an education that is student-centered, attentive to the development of the whole person, and based on close collaboration between students, faculty and staff. To begin, please go the following website:

http://aruf.kognito.com

To create a user id, click on the “Access Training” link and enter your name, Fordham email and the following enrollment key: fordham25.

We are confident that you’ll find this training informative and useful in supporting your professional growth and development at Fordham. Please contact the Counseling and Psychological Services Director, Dr. Jeffrey Ng at jeng@fordham.edu if you have any questions or feedback about the course.

 


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