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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Ten Years After Virginia Tech: Impacts on Campus Mental Health

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 2:00–3:00 PM (ET)
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 1:00 PM (ET)
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For the next free webinar in our Campus Public Safety Online series and as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we welcome Victor Schwartz, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and chief medical officer for The Jed Foundation, to discuss the current state of college student mental health.  

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Victor has more than 25 years of experience as a psychiatrist working in college mental health. Previously, he was medical director of NYU’s Counseling Service, an original member of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Presidential Task Force on College Mental Health, and co-chair of the APA working group on legal issues in college mental health. Victor was co-editor of Mental Health Care in the College Community (Wiley 2010) and is an APA Distinguished Life Fellow.

The tragedy at Virginia Tech occurred 10 years ago, on April 16, 2007, and led to the tragic loss of 32 students and faculty members. This tragedy has had a significant impact on thinking around campus policies and practice related to students with mental health or behavioral challenges. Schools have reconsidered mandatory medical leaves, parental notification, student at risk and care management teams, and gatekeeper training in light of this tragic incident.

Victor will briefly review the state of college student mental health, the events surrounding the Virginia Tech tragedy, and the changes that have occurred in the aforementioned areas of concern over the past 10 years.

This presentation is appropriate for campus student affairs administrators, mental health counselors and advocates, public safety professionals, and any campus staff or faculty serving on threat assessment teams.

You may download the listener questions and presenter answers.




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