Preparing Mental Health First Responders: College Counselors Supporting Residence Life Professionals

Matthew J. Paylo, Jake J. Protivnak, Kyoung Mi Choi, Matthew Walker


Mental health issues are on the rise on college campuses (Gallagher & American College Counseling Association, [ACCA], 2014).  Residence life professionals are often first responders to these issues.  College counselors are in a unique position to support these professionals by (a) preparing the residence environment, (b) planning and providing programming on mental health issues, (c) using basic crisis skills, and (d) making referrals. This paper will provide college counselors with the rationale, benefits, and processes for supporting residence life professionals to be mental health first responders


College Counseling, Residence Life Professionals, Mental Health

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