Faculty Information

Across the country college and university health centers are reporting a surge in student demand for mental health services. Brandeis is no exception to this national trend. At the Brandeis Counseling Center (BCC) we have completed 95% more assessments this year as compared to last year and have seen 86% more students attend therapy groups. The Community Therapists have seen 25 students in their drop-in hours at 6 sites and are adding two more sites in the next week.  

Students coming to the BCC report moderate to severe depression (41%), moderate to severe anxiety (53%), sleep disturbance (34%), think of suicide from several days per week to nearly every day (6%), and report having been close to carrying out a plan for suicide (2%).  

Faculty and staff are engaging students daily and are often the first to notice if a student is in distress. It is important to know what resources are here to help you in supporting students. All faculty are invited to the following workshops sponsored by the Brandeis Counseling Center.

Campus Connect 
October 11, 2018 from 9:00 am-11:00 am or November 1, 2018 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Genetic Counseling Conference Room, Gerstenzang 135
Campus Connect training focuses on enhancing faculty, student and staff members' knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide prevention. Beyond increasing one's knowledge about students in a suicidal crisis, an emphasis is placed on developing empathic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to compassionately and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts. To sign up for a Campus Connect workshop, please go to the following link.

Supporting Students in the Classroom--Drop-in Consultation
October 9, 2018, 9:00 am-10:30 am
November 9, 2018, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
November 28, 2018, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
BCC Conference Room in the Mailman Building
As faculty, you are invited to join Joy von Steiger, the Director of the BCC, in the conference room at the Brandeis Counseling Center for a drop in consultation meeting to discuss issues of concern about students in your classes. Specific questions/concerns are encouraged. While it is not necessary to sign up in advance for the drop-in consultation times, if you wish to please go to the following link.

The BCC is committed to its collaboration with campus partners, faculty and students to enhance innovative and culturally sensitive service delivery to students. The BCC Faculty Advisory Committee is another way for faculty to become involved at the BCC, please consider joining us.

Brandeis University information about comprehensive resources to support our students, faculty, and staff is available on the Support at Brandeis site.

Download the BCC Faculty Resource Sheet.