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August 28, 2020

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Campus Mental Health in Times of COVID-19



Needs, Challenges, Opportunities: Results of a National Survey

Friday August 28
10am PST / 11am MST / 12pm CST / 1pm EST / 2pm AST / 2:30pm NST


  • Tayyab Rashid, PhD., Clinical Psychologist & Researcher, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Canada; Email: tayyab.rashid@utoronto.ca
  • Lina Di Genova, PhD., Director, Strategy, Assessment and Evaluation, McGill University, Canada; Email: lina.digenova@mcgill.ca


Canadian Post-Secondary Institutes (PSIs) have been facing tremendous challenges regarding the mental health of students. COVID-19 has exacerbated these challenges. The Campus Mental Health CoP has been surveying counselling centre evolving needs and trends for the past two years. In April 2020, the survey was modified to reflect COVID-19 realities. More than 60 PSIs, at least two from each of the ten provinces representation from the territories and colleges (24%), participated in this survey. The data has allowed to compare the COVID-19 related challenges with prior data.  Specifically, the webinar will share


Challenges encountered by students

  • Changes in presenting concerns among students: pre-and post-pandemic
  • Student uptake of new online campus Mental health service options  


Remote Service delivery considerations:

  • Most impactful changes in counselling practices due to the COVID-19
  • Counselling approaches amenable to online adaptation
  • Specific infrastructure support which facilitate online counselling and mental health services


Challenges and opportunities for professionals in student affairs:

  • Effective crisis management amidst online counselling
  • Ethical dilemmas and challenges posed by online counselling
  • Ways to ensure access and equity to vulnerable students
  • Specific training needed to offer online counselling
  • Striking personal and professional life balance


The attendees will also receive a copy of the slides and will be invited to participate in Mid-Fall 2020 follow-up webinar.

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