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Terriers Connect Training for the Square 17-18

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Various locations

Boston, Mass 02215

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Dates and Location:

  • Monday, October 16, 2017 5 - 7 pm - LAW 212
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4 - 6 pm CGS 313
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 4 – 6 pm CGS 313

Terriers Connect:

Training members of the BU community to help students in distress

The Terriers Connect training program teaches students to identify signs of distress, develop effective skills for communicating with and supporting their peers, and provide accurate information about referrals to mental health professionals. Terriers Connect is committed to creating a community at Boston University that understands that the conversations that surround mental health are hard, but necessary.

We offer a two-hour, interactive training program that includes:

  • Review of college student suicide statistics and facts
  • Discussion of suicide myths and warning signs
  • Instruction on how to ask peers if they are thinking about suicide and how to refer friends and classmates to mental health professionals
  • Review of effective communication and relationship-building skills
  • Discussion of typical emotional reactions experienced both by students in crisis and responding peers
  • Participation in experiential exercises
  • Participation in a guided group role play

Desired Outcomes

By the end of a training, participants should:

  • Be familiar with some basic statistics and facts regarding college student mental health
  • Understand warning signs that someone may be struggling
  • Know how to ask a peer about suicide and self-harm
  • Feel better prepared to respond to someone in crisis and know who to refer that person to appropriate mental health professionals

Who should participate? Being trained within Terriers Connect does not mean becoming a therapist! However, we know that most students in distress will turn to someone outside of the mental health field (e.g., a friend, teacher, or family member) before seeking professional help. You may know of students in your organization who are routinely sought out as confidants, who are good listeners, and who respect the privacy of their peers. These students, as well as any students who would like to improve their basic listening and helping skills, are encouraged to attend a TC training.

Training sessions will be offered periodically throughout the school year and are open to all BU students. We can also schedule a training for a specific group of students if 14 or more students can commit to attending.

For information about upcoming trainings, or to schedule a training for your student group, email tercon@bu.edu. For more information about the program, visit https://www.bu.edu/shs/behavioral-medicine/services-we-provide/terriers-connect/ .

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