Transcript of "Cdg national email to campus administration"
National Email to Campus AdministrationDear <name>,I hope this email finds you well. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and our organization,National Students of AMF Support Network, as a <school> student, <student name>, has expressedinterest in starting a campus chapter there.The mission of National Students of AMF is to support college students grieving the illness or death of aloved one. We are NOT a counseling organization, but rather a collective of peer support groups on collegecampuses. Our model of support was developed in conjunction with our Board of Mental HealthProfessionals, which consists of many experts in the fields of college student bereavement and counseling,as indicated by the list below.BOARD OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS Phil Meilman, PhD (Chair): Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services, Georgetown University David Balk, PhD, FT: Professor, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn College R. Kelly Crace, PhD: Staff Psychologist, Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services Richard Kadison, MD: Chief of Mental Health Services, Harvard University Health Services Illene Noppe, PhD: Professor, Human Development/Psychology/Womens Studies, Institute on Dying, Death and Bereavement, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Heather Servaty-Seib, PhD: Associate Professor, Counseling and Development, Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University Tamina Toray, PhD: Professor, Psychology Division, Western Oregon University Jim Welsh, MD: Assistant Vice President for Student Health, Georgetown University Medical CenterThe mission of each Students of AMF chapter is to provide peer support for college students grieving theillness or death of a loved one and empower the campus community to take action through service.Students of AMF campus chapters provide an environment where bereaved college students can relate topeers facing similar situations; in essence, they are a “club” of students facing a unique challenge duringtheir college years. In addition to the support component, we have a service aspect to our chapters.Chapter members and others they recruit in their campus community engage in service projects tovolunteer and raise awareness and funds for causes important to chapter members. This “pay it forward”approach is not only empowering for the bereaved, but also has a positive impact on the community atlarge and allows friends who would otherwise not know how to “help” the bereaved student an opportunityto take action.We currently have <37> official (university-recognized) chapters, with many more in development. Eachchapter is started at the request of a student, and we require that they have faculty/administrationsupport to move forward. We find that our best chapters are those that are closely aligned with the officeof the dean of students or counseling services and have an engaged faculty or staff advisor. Additionally,each chapter must be officially recognized as a student organization before we will allow meetings tobegin.Our chapters are not intended to replace counseling. Actually, in our experience, students tend to be moreopen to professional counseling when they become comfortable sharing with their peers. For students whoexpress interest in starting chapters, we try to make sure they are in a place to move forward (and we’veencountered many who aren’t) as the chapters can take time to get off the ground and we don’t want toset someone up for disappointment or feelings of failure that compound their grief. Additionally, we askthat our chapters establish strong lines of communication with campus counseling, campus ministry,residential life, and faculty.4 April 2011 version 1.0 Page | 1
National Email to Campus AdministrationHere at the national organization we provide support with respect to facilitation, support group topics, howto use and promote resources on your campus, marketing the chapter, service projects, and many othertopics. Additionally, National Students of AMF hosts the National Conference on College Student Grief andNational College Student Grief Awareness Week each year. Our website, www.studentsofamf.org, alsoserves as a resource to those seeking information on college student bereavement.I would welcome an opportunity to chat with you further about Students of AMF. If you’d like, I can alsohave a member of our Board of Mental Health Professionals get in touch with you to discuss starting aStudents of AMF chapter at <school>, and I can put you in touch with faculty/administration at otherschools where chapters exist.Thank you in advance for your support of Students of AMF at <school>. Please do not hesitate to contactme with questions.4 April 2011 version 1.0 Page | 2