An invaluable session on tools for supporting mental health on campus at this challenging time, led by Christopher Tucker, Director Residential Life, The University of Edinburgh - Accommodation Services.
Uniquely in the higher education sector, The University of Edinburgh has been housing up to 5000 students over the last few months, during the height of the Covid pandemic. Managing this large student population under lockdown has proven challenging,
but has given us significant real world experience in maintaining communities during the height of the pandemic. The complexity of student behaviour pre-Covid was already extremely challenging for Residential Life teams to manage, and now
with concerns over staff and student safety, how quickly we recognise distress in our residential population is crucial. Early intervention remains the most effective method to address escalating levels of distress in ourselves and students
living in our accommodation.
Preparation, Investigative Approaches and a Boundaried Approach
Here at the University of Edinburgh we have developed some practical desktop reminders for best practice when engaging in non-clinical welfare assessments either remotely or in person. This webinar will look at the Remote Welfare Assessment approach
as illustrated in our ‘pop out’ guides, and provide practical ideas as to how best utilise these documents in practice. We will also explore some of the overarching issues and challenges working in a Covid residential setting. A significant
aspect of these documents will be discussing staff support structures, self-assessment, boundaries and self-care.
After 16 years as Head of Campus and Residential Support at the University of Sussex Christopher Tucker took
p the post of Director Residence Life for ACE at The University of Edinburgh
in early June of this year
Christopher has over 25 years' experience of managing Residential Life, discipline, pastoral care, crises intervention and out of hours emergency student support within the university environment. Christopher has also worked
in the security industry and as a private consultant, trainer and speaker in the UK and internationally, where he provides educational sessions for academics, university professional service staff and security teams in the
areas of student development theory (Residential Life), conflict management, mental health awareness and crisis intervention. Christopher holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies, and MDip in Mental
Health with a focus on behavioural interventions.
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