What is Campus Connect?
Campus Connect is an interactive and experiential training that provides gatekeepers with knowledge and skills to identify, connect with, and support students in crisis or distress. Originally developed at Syracuse University and implemented at over 150 campuses, Campus Connect is now being offered at CUIMC for student-facing staff, faculty, and student leaders. Training is conducted by trained staff members from Mental Health Services and Center for Student Wellness.
Through experiential exercises, case vignettes and discussion, Campus Connect participants learn ways to strengthen empathic listening and engagement skills, navigate the complexities and boundaries of their roles as gatekeepers, and more effectively facilitate referrals to professional resources.
What does the training involve?
Campus Connect is a three-hour training appropriate for a wide variety of campus personnel, including faculty, administrative and support staff, TAs, residential staff, and student leaders. Topics in the CUIMC Campus Connect program include:
Review of data on student suicide in general and CUIMC-specific statistics and facts
Discussion of suicide myths and warning signs
Instruction on how to query students about suicide and how to refer students to mental health professionals
Review of effective communication and relationship-building skills
Discussion of typical emotional reactions experienced both by students in crisis and responding gatekeepers
Discussion of navigating boundaries and potential role conflicts as gatekeepers
Participation in experiential exercises and role plays
Review of case examples