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Addressing Mental Health Concerns on Campus


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During this important training, participants will learn about the prevalence of mental illness on campus, as well as unique challenges that develop in the campus environment. The course will cover major mental illnesses, such as depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. An understanding of these issues will allow the conversation to move into intervention strategies such as de-escalation and stabilization and will also address officer safety concerns when interacting with an individual in crisis. Additionally the course will offer information on how to resolve situations involving a person or persons with mental health problems. Tactics include working with campus and community mental health partners for referrals, voluntary and involuntary treatment, arrest, and alternatives for non-sworn officers.

Any conversation about mental health on campuses also must address the helpers. Campus public safety personnel are routinely exposed to high-stress environments, and it is important that we support officers and other staff when they need help. In learning about critical incident stress management, officer-involved critical incident response/support, and strategies to promote resiliency, participants will better be able to promote and develop an organizational culture of support. This culture of support is crucial to campus public safety agencies fulfilling their duty.

IACLEA is extremely pleased that Chief Kristen Roman, University of Wisconsin – Madison, will develop and instruct this course. Chief Roman is an expert on addressing mental health concerns on campus, and she has worked for years as both a practitioner and an instructor in this area. The course will be co-facilitated by IACLEA’s training director, Josh Bronson, who during his time working in campus public safety was a certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructor.

Cost for this training is $249 for members and $349 for non-members. The audience for this training includes campus public safety and police officers, supervisors, and administration. Your agency may also bring one member from your campus mental health provider if you send at least one public safety or police officer.