Thursday’s Notes, 53.2 – 30 September 2021
A few updates on the upcoming New Student Convocation program occurring today, Thursday, Sept. 30th at 6:00pm.
This virtual event will be celebrating our incoming student class with welcome messages from the University President, Associated Students President, and other campus administrators. This convocation will also feature a keynote address from Patrisse Cullors; co-author of the Freshmen Common Reading Book, When They Call You a Terrorist and Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Please visit the New Student Convocation website to RSVP for this event. Those who RSVP will receive a souvenir card of the event and a special gift while supplies last.
Question & Answer Opportunity:
Also, a separate Question & Answer webinar with Patrisse Cullors will be occurring just prior to the convocation and will start at 5pm.
To Register / RSVP for the Q&A session with Patrisse Cullors, please complete this registration form.
The form will ask for a few details about you (name, role/title on campus, etc.) and include a space for you to enter questions for the Patrisse to consider during this session.
University Counseling Services (UCS) is pleased to partner with one of our local community agencies, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc., to provide virtual trainings for our campus community on mental health, crisis response, and suicide education and prevention. We want faculty and staff to have greater awareness and information about student mental health and well-being, feel better equipped to identify and interact with students who may be experiencing mental health issues or be in crisis, be more knowledgeable about resources, and how to connect students to resources. We are asking for your assistance in sharing these resources.
Throughout the Fall 2021 semester, the following trainings will be provided twice per month:
- Dr. Anne Eipe, Assistant Director/Clinical Coordinator at UCS, will be providing QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training (through December)
- Mental health clinicians from San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc., will be providing Mental Health First Aid training (through November)
What is the Difference Between QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) and Mental Health First Aid?
- Length of program: QPR is 1.5 to 2 hours of training while Mental Health First Aid involves a total of 8 hours (2 hours of self-paced pre-work and 6 hours of “class”).
- Breadth of topics covered: QPR focuses specifically on suicide education and prevention while Mental Health First Aid is broader in scope and provides participants with training about mental health and substance use issues.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer): This is a 1.5 to 2 hour training on suicide education and prevention with the following goals and objectives:
- Raising awareness about suicide
- Background information about suicide, with a focus on the college student population
- Dispelling myths and misconceptions
- Teaching 3 skills that can help save a life: Question, Persuade, Refer
- Video of Role Play
October 6, 2021
12pm to 1:30pm
October 15, 2021
1pm to 2:30pm
November 4, 2021
9am to 10:30am
November 9, 2021
12pm to 1:30pm
December 2, 2021
1pm to 2:30pm
December 8, 2021
2pm to 3:30pm
Mental Health First Aid: This is 2 hours of self-paced pre-work and 6 hours of “class.” It is a skills-based training that teaches participants about mental health and substance use issues with the following goals and objectives:
- Learn signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use issues
- Learn how to interact with a person in crisis
- Learn about resources to connect a person to receive appropriate care
Thursday, October 7th & Friday, October 8th
1pm to 4pm
Tuesday, October 19th & Wednesday, October 20th
9am to 12pm
Tuesday, November 2 & Wednesday, November 3
1pm to 4pm
Monday, November 15 & Tuesday, November 16
9am to 12pm
Please see the list of trainings, dates, and links below to sign up for these free trainings. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
3. Achievements and Recognition
CSUN English alums and faculty have written and produced a documentary film that was recently screened at the Catalina Film Festival. Crazy Cat Lady traces an army of dedicated volunteers who give selflessly of their time, monies and energies to try to mitigate the Los Angeles cat crisis. These are the “crazy cat ladies” (and men) of the City of Angels. Follow their road to film distribution on Instagram @crazycatladydoc
Also, the newly published The Comics World: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Their Publics, edited by Benjamin Woo and Jeremy Stoll (UP of Mississippi), contains an interview between Charles and comics scholar and compositionist Franny Howes (https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/T/The-Comics-World). This anthology examines the production, circulation, and reception of comics (including their academic study) from social science perspectives.
Natalie van Gelder, current MA student, TA, and Sigma Tau Delta Vice President, has had a story accepted for publication in UC Davis’s literary magazine, Open Ceilings. She began this story in Kate Haake‘s class last year. She will also be featured in an interview for the magazine as well!
Until the next edition of TN, approximately two weeks from now–DS
Compiled by Danielle Spratt