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LifeShops Videos
As more and more of our students rely on self-help videos to gain an understanding of themselves and the world, LifeShops has converted many of the topics delivered through in person programming into Self Guided learning.   These include psycho-education on mental health topics as well as some training materials for your staff and colleagues across your campus community. Click on each of the links below lead to see LifeShops Outreach videos, located on the LifeShops YouTube channel.  

Perhaps the most effective way to share these with your campus communities is to build a page on your website or on your social media platforms and provide the link to the videos you consider most useful to your campus community. 
Recognize and Relate:  RA Training for Helping Students In Distress 
(A Self-Directed Training Module for Individuals or Small Teams of RA's)
Understanding Stress
Understanding and Managing Anxiety
RA and Peer Leader Training
Navigating Uncertainty and the Need for Control
Faculty and Staff Resources
Self-Care for the Campus Community
Back to School 2020: 
A brief video with tips on navigating the unusual circumstances of the Fall 2020 semester.
The Making the Grade Series
This 3-part series addresses some of the ways in which faculty, without needing to enter into any para-professional counseling roles, play a role in supporting a campus culture that is more conducive to student well-being and less compatible with toxic norms that can hinder students development.  

Getting Good Grades:  This program takes a closer look at the way in which students and faculty may relate to grades in quite different ways.  Reviewing various functions of grades, from the perspective of faculty, this program provides considerations of how these align with students' fears about grades and the conclusions they draw regarding their academic experience.  

Between Context and Performance:  Among the challenges facing faculty when faced with students who are experiencing significant struggles in their personal lives (including physical or psychological impairment), is how to assign grades in such contexts.  This program reviews the natural emotional aspects of caring and compassionate faculty, offering tips on how to frame these dilemmas of grading students.  It also reviews distinctions between accommodations that are required by law and adjustments that are left to the discretion of the faculty, and how this impacts the students' academic and personal experience.  

Doing What Faculty Do: 
This brief video offers some ideas and suggestion on how, as an institution, campuses can be more intentional about informing the impact of grades on student experiences. As students perceive grades in a way that has clear and consistent impact on their mental health and professional development, this video invites ongoing conversation on how students, faculty, and administrators can re-align Higher Education ideals and the experiences of students as reflected in narratives about grading.
Integrating Campus Well-Being/Mental Health Efforts with the Academic Mission
Teaching Another Covid Semester
As we approach another semester impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, this video offers some tips and considerations for faculty to help attend to the unique learning challenges facing our students this year. With observations from mental health providers on campus, the video offers an invitation to not only address unique challenges but also consider ways to more fully pursue an integration of academic and student well-being needs.

Doing What Faculty Do:  How the Everyday Role of Faculty Can Contribute to Campus Mental Health
This video offers some observations of how faculty members, without needing to become para-professional counselors, contribute to student well-being by simply engaging in the various roles inherent in being a faculty member.  Mentoring, discussing learning goals, and exploring campus culture with students are among the topics introduced as contributing to a students' well-being. The primary goal of this program is to encourage faculty to embrace their existing goals and roles and showing how, without talking about "mental health issues" a student may have, they can play a significant role in supporting student well-being.