RESPOND Training-Staff

The Station, The Station Center Room

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wellness Services is offering a training called RESPOND, a program that is designed to assist students, faculty, and staff in identifying students with mental health concerns. We are expanding this training and now offering RESPOND to Students! It is an 8 hour training and is held here on campus from 8am-5pm, with lunch provided by Maryville Partners in Prevention (MVPIP). If you are interested in attending, please email Kristen Peltz at
RESPOND is a program MU developed after gathering feedback from several schools in Missouri. Schools ranged from a small rural state school to Mizzou with 35,000 students. The program is designed to teach the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns. It is designed with the intention that it will be facilitated by mental health professionals.

The course is organized around the acronym RESPOND
Recognize signs
Share concerns
Pose open questions
Offer hope
Navigate resources and policy
Do self-care

Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. We define mental health problems broadly to include both subclinical concerns as well as mental illness. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self (including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference). We address issues such as how FERPA works when mental health concerns exist, HIPAA where appropriate, and very briefly Title IX and confidential sources. The course is designed to be interactive about 70% of the eight hour day.

Contact Info

Kristen Peltz

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