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“Our goal is to work closely with student counseling and the disability resource center to help students self-identify and work with us,” says Katherine Beaumont, director of the University of British Columbia Go Global program. If a student is experiencing a great deal of stress because of a mental health issue, suggests Beaumont, “We might encourage the student to consider a program that stays in one place. But it’s not about convincing the student. It’s about saying, ‘Here’s what this is going to be like on a day to day basis.’ Sometimes the student gets it right away. Sometimes the option is to wait a year if the student really wants a particular program.” At Arcadia, Snyder works to create a climate that encourages disclosure. Students become more aware of the importance of disclosing a mental illness when they are asked to consider which overseas locations will offer the therapy or crisis intervention services they need, whether their medication is legal in the country where they hope to study, and how much of it can they take into the country. Wendy Settle, a psychologist at the University of Notre Dame, has used behavioral contracts as a tool to give certain students an overseas experience. She recommended one student as long as he was willing to sign a contract that he would not binge drink, would stay on his medication, and follow appropriate conduct guidelines. “As soon as the student drank to excess, did not take his medication, and displayed inappropriate behavior, he was sent home. End of story.” Settle builds activities into education abroad preparation programs to help prevent future mental health problems and promote cultural adjustment, including conversations about dating and sexual communication. She will often invite former education abroad students to talk about “miscommunication, sexual harassment, and lessons learned regarding a tattoo that went awry.” Jeff Prince, director of counseling and psychological

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Settle has also traveled to several Notre Dame sites overseas to train administrators, resident directors, and host families. She helped establish policies for faculty on assisting students with mental health problems and dealing with emergencies. Katherine Beaumont emphasizes the value of working with mental health professionals in the university counseling office to be aware of how the home campus is addressing mental wellness. “We don’t look often enough to partner with colleagues on our own campuses. We are missing the boat there.” Training for faculty may include mental health first aid, either by campus mental health professionals or certified trainers. Just as with first aid and CPR, there are now both online and in-person courses offering certification in helping an individual through a mental health crisis. The University of California hosts an annual training session for faculty who manage the university’s 100 overseas study centers; the training is also available online. The goal is not to turn faculty members into therapists, but to enable them

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2011

International Educator - November/December 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Cultivating Branch Campuses
India Opens Its Doors— Cautiously
A Quest to Enhance Quality Spurs Global Learning
Foreign Student Affairs
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Health and Insurance Supplement
Supplement: Danger Ahead!
Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
Supplement: Directory of Insurance Providers, Services, and Products
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Contents
International Educator - November/December 2011 - From the Editors
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 6
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 8
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 9
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Cultivating Branch Campuses
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - India Opens Its Doors— Cautiously
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - 36
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 37
International Educator - November/December 2011 - A Quest to Enhance Quality Spurs Global Learning
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 39
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 40
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 41
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 42
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 43
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 44
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 45
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 47
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 48
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 49
International Educator - November/December 2011 - A View From Out Here
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 51
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Forum
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 53
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 54
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 55
International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Focus
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Cover3
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Cover4
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Health and Insurance Supplement
International Educator - November/December 2011 - SCover2
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Danger Ahead!
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S2
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S3
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S4
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S5
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S6
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S7
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S8
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S9
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S10
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S12
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S13
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S14
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S15
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S16
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Directory of Insurance Providers, Services, and Products
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S18
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S19
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S20
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