ERIC Number: EJ789433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 39
Training Faculty Members and Resident Assistants to Respond to Bereaved Students
Servaty-Seib, Heather L.; Taub, Deborah J.
New Directions for Student Services, n121 p51-62 Spr 2008
Scholarship about campus responses to death-related events emphasizes the need for members of the campus community to be open to discussing grief-related issues. Faculty members and resident assistants (RAs) are ideally situated to observe and respond to bereaved students. Faculty--tenure-track, adjunct, and teaching assistants--have regular contact with students and can detect the negative effects of bereavement on academic performance at the earliest point. They can also be the most consistent points of contact with the institution for commuter students. Resident assistants interact with resident students in their on-campus homes and are most likely to observe changes in functioning such as withdrawal, insomnia, and risky behaviors. Although these two groups are quite different, both have frequent contact with particular groups of students. Providing training to these two groups can help them respond to bereaved students effectively. This article provides guidance for workshops for faculty members and for RAs, with particular emphasis on how to reduce the experience of disenfranchised grief for bereaved students.
Descriptors: Resident Advisers, Grief, Teaching Assistants, Coping, Faculty Development, College Students, College Faculty, Teacher Role, Student Needs, Workshops, Teacher Student Relationship
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