The Mental Health Focus Area supports ongoing efforts to address the mental health issues that students face. As the stigma surrounding mental health continues to dwindle, student affairs practitioners will continually be facing and adapting to new challenges. NASPA provides support for those individuals in the form of specialized conference experiences, Knowledge Communities, and extensive research on the subject.
Crisis, Compassion, and Resiliency in Student Affairs focuses on the personal lived experiences of student affairs professionals who frequently encounter crisis situations and disasters on college and university campuses. The…Buy
The Culture of Respect CORE Constructs Toolkit is a suite of six guides organized around the pillars of the CORE Blueprint to supplement its implementation. The guides include downloadable resources, tools,…Buy
Careers in Student Affairs provides a comprehensive look at being a higher education administrator. Integrating perspectives from both research and practical application, this reader-friendly book addresses contemporary issues in the…Buy
Using the CAS Professional Standards is a practical text designed to highlight multiple ways to apply the standards and guidelines published by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in…Buy
Gun violence – whether rampage shootings, homicides or suicides – is a potential reality all campuses have to face. This book provides leaders in higher education – and particularly those…Buy
This updated set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their area…Buy
Helping skills are an essential component of today’s student affairs practice. On a day-to-day basis, it is student affairs professionals who often work directly with students in need of mental…Buy
While campus health topics such as substance use, risky sexual behaviors, depression, and violence have captured the attention of student affairs professionals, there is another health issue that has received…Buy
The transition from graduate school to a full-time position in student affairs can be filled with both opportunities and challenges. In order to be successful, new professionals must understand the…Buy
Student Veterans of America and Kognito Interactive have collaborated to create two, innovative programs: Veterans on Campus: Peer Program and Veterans on Campus: Faculty & Staff. These 30-minute online, interactive training simulations place users in realistic scenarios with fully-animated, responsive virtual student veterans facing a range of challenges as they transition out of uniform and into campus life, including isolation, cultural disparities, academic difficulties, time management, and mental-health issues.
The term “Military Friendly” is probably one of the most overused phrases in higher education today. The only problem with calling ourselves Military Friendly is that the term itself is somewhat misleading. Being “friendly” could mean something completely different at each institution you visit. I prefer to use military supportive since we are in the business of providing not only an education to this new group of returning service men and woman but also provide support to ensure they are better prepared to transition from the military community to our campus community.
I am privileged to serve as the board chair and am humbled by how the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) is successfully creating student affairs professionals who are better prepared to serve students.
NASPA is answering President Obama’s call to launch a national conversation to increase the understanding and awareness about mental health by forming a partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the American Psychological Association (APA) to produce a new report reviewing current trends in college student mental health and highlighting promising practices that contribute to student well-being.