Faculty Development Opportunity and FYS Focus Groups

Friday, May 13, 2022 - 08:30
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We have two professional development opportunities for all faculty and staff in May!

Our lead presenter is Dr. Brian Van Brunt.  SUNY Poly has hosted Dr. Van Brunt for several days in the past, serving to train our Care and Threat Assessment Team members. Dr. Van Brunt has worked in the counseling field for more than 25 years, and specializes in educational counseling, behavioral intervention and support, and issues related to mental health and alcohol/substance abuse by students. He is the assistant deputy director of training for Secure Community Network (SCN), the official homeland security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. He is the lead contact expert for InterACTT, the International Alliance for CARE and Threat Team. Previously, he served as the president of the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA) and as director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University. Dr. Van Brunt is a prolific writer, having authored numerous books, book chapters, and articles.

You can review Brian's complete list of books, articles, whitepapers, etc by linking through his bio here: https://www.brianvanbrunt.com/about

Our Tuesday, May 17 session is open to all but is especially encouraged for full time and adjunct faculty.

9:30am to 11am - Managing Mental Illness and Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom
This workshop will cover the topic of managing mental illness concerns related to suicide, trauma, as well as addressing difficult and dangerous behavior in the classroom. The instructors will address common challenges when working with students related to disruptive and entitled behavior, mental illness referrals, understanding the accommodation process and managing COVID and online teaching challenges. They will also provide tips on syllabus content and setting first day of class expectations that can help avoid difficult classroom behavior from the start of your course. For our staff members, this session will be helpful for addressing difficult behaviors in offices, clubs and student meetings.

Our Wednesday, May 25 session is another outstanding opportunity to learn how to respond to student behavior of concern and how to provide follow up.
9:30 to 11am - How Does Care Team Reduce My Liability and Assist a Student? Care Team Referral and Follow-up
Knowing how to use the Care team is a critical part of the university safety and security plan and helps students obtain access to care and support related to their academic, emotional and psychology health at the university. Join us for an informative and interactive session that will walk you through the importance of sharing concerns with the team and ensure proper follow-up with students.

You can also STAY on campus after your session and enjoy lunch and discussion about First Year Seminar:
In the Fall of 2023, we plan to launch a re-imagined First Year Seminar that is; 1. academic topic based 2. affirmed by and aligned with academic departments 3. unique to the mission and goals of SUNY Polytechnic Institute 4. a collaboration supported by the partnership of Academic and Student Affairs Revamp of The First Year Seminar is being led by Andrew Russell, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Jennifer Adams, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. We would like to invite all faculty to participate in one of our focus groups on the SUNY Poly First Year Seminar in May of 2022, as the kick off to our year of exploration and rebuild of The First Year Seminar. We are looking forward to your feedback and ideas in this important process. Focus groups will last for one hour over lunch. Tuesday, May 17 or Wednesday, May 25. Lunch will be provided and we will send location after collecting registrations.

Please RSVP by May 13 here: https://forms.office.com/r/F4Fk7kZBLt


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