Teaching Support Centre
Focus on Graduate Education at Western: Informational Sessions for Faculty Working with Graduate Students
Friday, March 2, 2012
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
UCC Room 147A/B (located on the main floor of the University Community Centre)

Please join us for a new series of informational sessions designed specifically for faculty members who work with graduate students. In the inaugural event, two sessions will explore specific issues in graduate education which will be of interest to faculty from diverse disciplines. The sessions will include speakers and panelists offering their insights, as well as plenty of time for questions and discussion to share experiences and ideas.

Introduction to Graduate Student Mental Health Issues
Friday, March 2, 2012    9:00 am - 10:15 am
UCC Room 147A/B (located on the main floor of the University Community Centre)

Dr. Gail Hutchinson, C.Psych., Director, Student Development Centre and Dr. Kathy Dance, C. Psych., Psychologist, Student Development Centre, Psychological Services will provide an overview of the research literature about graduate student mental health issues, and will discuss the types of grad student mental health issues which are commonly seen in university counselling settings.

Rose Aquino, M.Ed. (Counselling), Advisor and Coordinator, International and Exchange Student Centre will discuss the types of mental health issues faced by international graduate students.

Barbara Froats, O.T. Reg. (Ont.) Rehabilitation Consultant, Rehabilitation Services, Human Resources will discuss Mental health first-aid training, will touch upon how to identify students with mental health issues and what to do about it.

Questions and discussions will follow the presentations.

Keeping Students on Track, Focused and Motivated
Friday, March 2, 2012    10:30 am - 12:00 pm
UCC Room 147A/B (located on the main floor of the University Community Centre)

Dr. Elizabeth Skarakis-Doyle, Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Science will discuss starting out on track and clarifying expectations for graduate study.

Dr. Lorraine Davies, Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Science and Graduate Chair, Dept. of Sociology will explore Graduate Chair mentoring of students and the benefits of one-on-one progression meetings.

Dr. Nick Dyer-Witheford, Associate Dean and Graduate Chair, Faculty of Information and Media Studies will talk about running effective faculty progression meetings for professional and thesis-based programs.

Dr. Mark Bernards, Chair, Dept. of Biology, Faculty of Science will discuss having those difficult conversations with students and how to get students back on track and motivated.
Questions and discussion will follow the presentations.

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