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How do I have the best mix of resources, staffing, and information so that if I’m presented with something, I am positioned to affect the outcome in a positive way?
documented chain of command with contact information for handling emergencies; specify institutional guidelines on privacy and access to information; keep a current list of local psychologists, psychiatrists, and hospitals with emergency mental health emergency services.” Such lists may be obtained from the U.S. embassy in the host country or from the university’s health insurance provider. In fact, it is important not only that students have travel insurance but that the insurance include coverage of local assessment and treatment for mental health disorders. It is not uncommon for mental health issues to surface for the first time during the college years, whether or not a student is studying abroad. Arlene Snyder remembers a student who went overseas with no mental health concerns and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. The student was treated at a local hospital and ultimately chose to come home. “I’ve become comfortable with the idea that no matter what I prepare for, something will present itself that I have not dealt with before,” concludes Snyder, who regularly asks herself, “How do I have the best mix of resources, staffing, and information so that if I’m presented with something, I am positioned to affect the outcome in a positive way?” Settle recommends gathering a committee of experts including senior management, international education administrators, legal counsel, health services, student and judicial affairs, counseling, and support services to establish policies and guidelines addressing mental health issues. Other recommendations include learning the foreign vocabulary associated with a particular condition and

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tudents studying in Paris may have a full course load plus a part-time job plus a desire to travel. “It’s a gift if they can have a therapy session without leaving their bed,” says Marjorie Oberman, an American-born psychotherapist who lives in Versailles and counsels U.S. students facing a range of emotional and mental health issues. So Oberman offers counseling sessions via the software application Skype. Initially unsure about counseling without her usual therapy equipment—role-playing chairs, punching bag, futon—Oberman was persuaded to try by a young client who was leaving France to teach English in Japan. She soon discovered an entirely new dimension to working with students online. Because Oberman Skypes with voice but not video, she says students feel secure because “no one is looking at them, so they open up more emotionally.” In fact, she has discovered that young people accustomed to tweeting are often more likely to commit in writing what they wouldn’t say out loud.

One student even acknowledged that “it is hard to free yourself to throw a tantrum in your therapist’s office, but it is easy to mute your computer and throw a tantrum in your room.” This same student also appreciated Oberman’s use of a chat box to take notes visible to both student and therapist— especially since the students could also write notes: “I have often felt uncomfortable by therapists taking notes in front of me . . . Marjorie eliminated that discomfort by letting (me) take part in the note-taking.” The chat box also enables students to have a written record of their session. Oberman often leads group sessions at the beginning of the academic year to discuss the triggers that might lead students to therapy: culture shock, the different ways people relate to each other, and the lack of a familiar support system. Ultimately, Oberman says much of her counseling simply enables students to rely more on themselves and see their problems as an opportunity for growing rather than spoiling their time abroad.



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 - 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
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Forum
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - 54
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Focus
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Health and Insurance Supplement
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Danger Ahead!
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Directory of Insurance Providers, Services, and Products
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