Training COVID-19 Contact Tracers to Address College Student Mental Health and Substance Misuse-Related Risks

Date: March 24. 2021

Speakers: M. Dolored Cimini, PhD & Meredith R. Maroney, PhD

Description: While contact tracing has become an integral component of COVID-19 case identification, the training of contact tracers to address college student distress, mental health, substance misuse and recovery, and related concerns is variable. In this program, two licensed psychologists certified as contact tracers will discuss how gatekeeper training principles and practices may be integrated into contact tracer curricula to provide guidance regarding risk identification and timely referral. We will discuss the impact of isolation on mental health, substance misuse, and recovery-related outcomes and make recommendations about ways to best support students who are both isolating and quarantining. Potential collaborations between campus and contact tracing entities will be explored.

COVID-19 and College/University Staff: We are Still Here...What's Next

Date: April 13, 2021

Speakers: Dr. Aarika Camp

Description: With the commitment to maintaining the safety and health of students, college and university staff are reconciling with thoughts of how to continue to thrive in their roles. This session will teach the method of "supervising up" in order to articulate concerns, ideas, and experiences.

COVID-19 Vaccines: The Way Out of the Pandemic

Date: May 19, 2021

Speakers: Dr. Thomas M File

Description: A conversation about what we know and have learned about COVID-19, its transmission and vaccines for COVID-19. As well as current CDC guidelines.

GEERS Rise & Thrive: Student Accessibility to Mental Health Services Webinar

Date: October 13, 2021

Speakers: Rosa West, Ph.D. & Marci Young, Psy.D.

Description: The speakers shared how their campuses connect students to mental health services and address the 4 A's: accessibility, availability, awareness and adaptability.