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Mental Health for Students and Practitioners

November 17, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm EST

Cost: Members: $495 | Non-Members: $595

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Niagara College, like many Canadian institutions, has been experiencing a rapid growth of international student enrollment while at the same time a slower response to increase staffing. As a result, the increased workload of our usual day to day tasks coupled with a rise in student mental health issues stretches our ability to not only keep up, but also, impacts our ability to manage our stress levels.  As the saying goes, “You can’t fill from an empty cup”, so how do we take care of ourselves in order to take care of our students?

The morning session will provide you with skills to talk about the unthinkable: suicide. We hope that you never have to have this conversation, but the fact is, students come to see us because they look to us for guidance and one day the topic might be suicide, so best be prepared on how to have that conversation.

The afternoon session will focus on YOU!  The day to day activities are often enough to fill our workday, so when a crisis occurs, your cup is now overflowing. The responses we choose to manage our stress can help or hurt us. If you are like me, you don’t always manage my stress response well, thus leaving you feeling even worse. We will spend time together identifying the sources of our stress, our responses and how to reframe the situation to help you cope when (and we know it will) the situation comes up again.

Participants will leave with the following:


Laura Fakla, Niagara College 

Laura Fakla has worked at Niagara College as an International Student Advisor since 2008 and became a RISIA in 2016. With a program portfolio that includes the schools of hospitality, tourism and sport, environmental and horticultural studies, and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, she advises students on academics, immigration, and transition. She supports student and Niagara College wellness by delivering the Mental Health First Aid and safeTALK suicide alertness to students and colleagues.

Nattalie Boverhof, Niagara College

Nattalie Boverhof began working at Niagara College as an ESL teacher in 2005, taking on the additional role of Social Activities Co-ordinator in 2006. She continued in these dual roles until August 2017 when she became the International Student Engagement Co-ordinator. She is responsible for orientations, student activities on and off campus, the college’s Global Connections Program as well academic activities for the English for Academic Preparation Program.


November 17, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
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Cost: Members
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