Understanding College Student Mental Health

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The mental health of college students, which has become the subject of nationwide discussion following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech last spring, will be examined at a conference at Hofstra University on Thursday, December 6, from 2 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, December 7, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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The Virginia Tech tragedy resulted in a national debate about the very complicated psychological, institutional and legal issues that impact the rights and safety not only of students with mental health problems but also those with whom they interact and share their campus. Understanding College Student Mental Health, hosted by Hofstra University's Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, will allow participants to further explain and debate these issues. This event is co-sponsored by Hofstra's Division of Student Affairs, Student Counseling Services and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

University and college counseling centers deal with mental health crises and related issues on a regular basis. Effective management of counseling services involves having mental health service providers understand and make informed decisions on treatment, hospitalization and recommendations for required intervention or academic withdrawal based on ethical guidelines, best practices and legal mandates. There are often competing interests at stake when diagnosing, treating and maintaining students in the university setting. Even the most knowledgeable mental health care provider can become uncertain as a result of these competing concerns.

Understanding College Student Mental Health will bring together renowned experts in psychology, law and ethics. Standards of care will be discussed to better guide mental health professionals and other university administrators in serving the needs of students.

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