Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Message Archive

Monday, April 8, 2013

 

This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.

 For an archive of announcements sent from the Provost’s Office beginning June 2011, see http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/provost/archive.htm

 

From:  Prof. Glenn Albright, Department of Psychology and Director of the Baruch Veterans Services Office

Dear Members of the Faculty,

As the end of the semester approaches, students typically report increases in the amounts of stress experienced, which can have debilitating effects. To address this concern, members of the Baruch community have access to two training simulations as follows:

 

1.  At-Risk for College Students – This is a 30-minute interactive gatekeeper training simulation in which students learn the common indicators of psychological distress and how to best approach a fellow student in distress and make a referral to the counseling center. Students who take the training are more likely to self-refer if they perceive themselves as experiencing psychological distress.

 

Your students can gain access to this training by following these steps:

 

  • Click on (or paste onto your browser): www.kognitocampus.com/student
  • Click “Access Training”
  • Fill out form using enrollment key:   Baruch77

 

2. Veterans on Campus – This 30-minute, online, interactive training program helps faculty members better understand the unique challenges student veterans face when transitioning from military service to student life. Educating faculty and staff on how to support our veterans can play a crucial role in ensuring that student veterans successfully complete their studies and adjust to post-deployment life.

 

Faculty and staff can gain access to this training by following these steps:

 

  • Click on (or paste onto your browser): www.kognitocampus.com/vet
  • Click "Access Training"
  • Fill out form using enrollment key: baruch34
  • Follow on-screen instructions.

 

Here’s a brief description of the Veterans on Campus training:

 

Learners engage in simulated conversations with three virtual student veterans, helping each to resolve a challenge they are facing due to their transition. Users practice referring a service member who is being re-deployed, managing a challenging class discussion about conflicts overseas, and approaching and referring a veteran who is exhibiting signs of post-deployment stress.

 

Through these conversation simulations, the program portrays the unique experiences and challenges that student veterans often face. Users learn where within the college to refer veterans, appropriate ways to discuss veterans’ military experiences, common signs of psychological distress such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, and anxiety, and methods for approaching and referring at-risk student veterans.

 

The goals of the program are to:

• Understand the common challenges facing student veterans transitioning to campus life;

• Learn the various on-campus referral points for veteran services;

• Understand the value that student veterans bring to the university and college setting;

• Learn to manage a classroom discussion around an issue sensitive to veterans;

• Practice approaching and speaking with a student veteran struggling in class; and

• Learn common indicators of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.