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Spring EAIE Academy, Birmingham, April 2013Handling Mental Health Concerns ofInternational StudentsDr. Adrian Sherman, Hea...
Contents• Developmental Aspects and (Reverse) Culture Shock• Conceptual Framework: Stress & Coping with Stress• Counsellin...
ChallengesUniversities need to find solutions for:• Effectively assisting foreign students in adapting to the  new living ...
Developmental Aspects and(Reverse) Culture Shock
Multiphase Model of Culture Shock
Conceptual Framework:Stress & Coping with Stress
Irrational Beliefs• It’s horrible when people & things are not the way you  like them to be! (spoiled-child-syndrome)• If ...
Counselling & Advising:Tools and Strategies
The Diagnostics and Statistics Manualof Mental Disorders• Provides signs and symptoms of mental disorders• Has very specif...
The Multicultural Counselor is…• Aware of own assumptions, values and biases• Understands the worldview of the culturally ...
General Considerations: Culture & Gender• Cultural norms of Mental Health vary greatly• The definition of “Normal” is stil...
Developing Goals• What have you done so far to fix the problem?• Which coping strategies have been helpful and which  not?...
Institutional Responses toMental Health Issues
Damage Control• What impact has the incident had on your program?• How has it affected other students?• How has it affecte...
Supporting Staff After a Crisis• Similar to PTSD- can be a delayed reaction• Provide an organised method of assisting staf...
The EAIE Academy is a one-week trainingprogramme for international higher educationprofessionals.www.eaie.org/training | #...
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This EAIE Academy course addresses the following aspects: mental health issues commonly seen in international student exchange, counseling international students with mental health issues, mental health crisis management, and institutional preparedness for emergency crisis management. www.eaie.org/training

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  1. 1. Spring EAIE Academy, Birmingham, April 2013Handling Mental Health Concerns ofInternational StudentsDr. Adrian Sherman, Head of Global Professional Consultants, USAFrank Haber, Psychological Counsellor at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
  2. 2. Contents• Developmental Aspects and (Reverse) Culture Shock• Conceptual Framework: Stress & Coping with Stress• Counselling & Advising: Tools and Strategies• Institutional Responses to Mental Health Issues• Crisis Management
  3. 3. ChallengesUniversities need to find solutions for:• Effectively assisting foreign students in adapting to the new living and learning environment• Developing inclusive curricula, teaching and assessment methods• Overcoming communication barriers and misunderstandings between students and service providers stemming from cultural differences• Reaching out to international students and reducing the threshold of utilizing services offered• Continuously promoting mental well-being and intercultural competence on campus
  4. 4. Developmental Aspects and(Reverse) Culture Shock
  5. 5. Multiphase Model of Culture Shock
  6. 6. Conceptual Framework:Stress & Coping with Stress
  7. 7. Irrational Beliefs• It’s horrible when people & things are not the way you like them to be! (spoiled-child-syndrome)• If you dont please others they will abandon & reject you! (Everybody’s Darling)• Its easier to avoid than to face lifes difficulties & responsibilities! (LFT Procrastination!)• People are fragile and should never be hurt!• There is perfect love, and a perfect relationship!
  8. 8. Counselling & Advising:Tools and Strategies
  9. 9. The Diagnostics and Statistics Manualof Mental Disorders• Provides signs and symptoms of mental disorders• Has very specific criteria for determining what disorders• Diagnosis is multi-axial• Diagnosis is flexible• Diagnosis is usually required by insurance
  10. 10. The Multicultural Counselor is…• Aware of own assumptions, values and biases• Understands the worldview of the culturally different client• Develops appropriate intervention strategies. Sue & Sue (1995)
  11. 11. General Considerations: Culture & Gender• Cultural norms of Mental Health vary greatly• The definition of “Normal” is still based on a MALE model of normal functioning• Women are generally more likely to seek assistance and more disclosing• Women generally have more social support and generally seek it• Because women seek MH help earlier, problems tend to be less severe• Fewer conduct issues with women• Women report more suicidal ideation but men commit suicide more often
  12. 12. Developing Goals• What have you done so far to fix the problem?• Which coping strategies have been helpful and which not?• What do you want to change?• Changing the environment? (asking for support, accommodating needs, exceptions, special considerations, etc.)• Changing yourself? Confront? Accept? Stop beating yourself up? Stop worrying? Stop taking it out on others?• Okay, let’s make a plan! Priorities? First steps? Scaling?
  13. 13. Institutional Responses toMental Health Issues
  14. 14. Damage Control• What impact has the incident had on your program?• How has it affected other students?• How has it affected the Host Institution? Your relationship with them?• What are your reporting responsibilities at your institution?• Are there any Liability Issues?
  15. 15. Supporting Staff After a Crisis• Similar to PTSD- can be a delayed reaction• Provide an organised method of assisting staff• Facilitated group discussion of event• Individual counselling (1 session with additional sessions as needed)• Provide closure - can be some sort of ceremony or ritual (moment of silence)• Regular follow-up (6 months at least)
  16. 16. The EAIE Academy is a one-week trainingprogramme for international higher educationprofessionals.www.eaie.org/training | #EAIEAcademy | @TheEAIE

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