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RESPOND: Partnering for Campus Mental Health

Mental health problems affect each of us. You can take action to RESPOND effectively. About 1 in 5 of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness this year. All of us experience emotional pain or distress at times in our lives. Most of us want to help yet often feel uncertain about what to do or say. RESPOND will empower you to offer effective support and useful referrals to a student or colleague. The course provides a basic overview of symptoms often associated with mental health problems and offers an action plan to help you RESPOND effectively. The course will address campus policies such as FERPA, as well as mental health resources.

RESPOND Refresher

This training is a 90 minute "refresher" course for past participants in the full day RESPOND training. We will review RESPOND, emphasize the highlights and practice some skills.

Who should attend?

Any Idaho State University faculty, staff, or administrators who wish to learn more about how to RESPOND to students or colleagues who are in distress. Graduate and undergraduate students who work in student-assistance roles are also welcome to attend these trainings.

What is the cost?

In our commitment to improving campus mental health, the RESPOND training is offered free of charge to participants at this time. 

The Counseling and Mental Health Center is happy to facilitate a RESPOND training for an established group. Please contact Sally Bodkin at sallybodkin@isu.edu to request a RESPOND training. 


Upcoming Training Dates

Online via Zoom:

Thursday, October 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm

Registration required. Please register here.


Talk Saves Lives is American Foundation for Suicide Preventions' standardized, 90 minute program that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives.

Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide and how to keep themselves and others safe.

Topics covered include:

  • Scope of the Problem: The latest data on suicide in the U.S., worldwide, and at ISU.
  • Research: Information from research on what causes people to consider suicide, as well as health, historical, and environmental factors that put individuals at risk.
  • Prevention: An understanding of the protective factors that lower suicide risk, and strategies for managing mental health and being proactive about self-care.
  • What You Can Do: Guidance on warning signs and behaviors to look for, and how to get help for someone in a suicidal crisis.

Upcoming Training Dates

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Losing a loved one to suicide can be a profoundly painful and isolating experience. The complexity of the emotions can feel overwhelming and often survivors struggle to know who to talk to for fear others won't understand. In this presentation we will discuss some of these factors, normalize reactions, and engage in a discussion designed to help participants gain greater understanding and support.


Upcoming Workshops

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CMHC Connections brings individuals together who may benefit from learning and supporting others with similar aspects of identity. Meetings are held weekly for one hour and are facilitated by a staff member from ISU's Counseling and Mental Health Center. 

Check back soon for available CMHC Connections groups!

Information about Wellness Symposium 2023

Register Here!




WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM: WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2023 (in-person only)

Focused ACT: Understanding and Applying Brief Interventions using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Blaney Hanvey, LCPC

Liva Rigney, PhD

Matt Ashton, PhD

This full-day workshop will provide an overview of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT), a treatment approach utilizing the theoretical foundations of ACT with focused attention on facilitating meaningful change within a brief framework. Morning training will include information on rationales for focused and brief interventions, theoretical foundations, conceptualization framework, and assessment. Afternoon training will focus on applying process dimensions of FACT with case examples and experiential exercises

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand myths and facts about brief therapy.
  • Review and understand basic ACT principles.
  • How to approach therapy to implement brief strategies for change.
  • How to do active brief interventions within an ACT framework.


WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM: THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2023 (online or in-person)

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices in Therapy

Jennifer Miesch, PhD

Kristin Stewart Yates, PhD

Mindfulness and self-compassion practices have been increasing in interest to clinicians and clients alike. The first half of this presentation will include an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion. Presenters will cover the basic tenets of the Mindful Self-Compassion program including research, common practices, and experiential activities. In the second part of the day, presenters will discuss how to integrate these concepts into working with a clinical population. Presenters will also explore using mindfulness and self-compassion practices for clinician well-being and self-care. This presentation will be based on working with an adult population, however, there are many ways to adapt these practices to younger clients.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Be able to identify and understand the three core components of Mindful Self-Compassion 
  • Gain an understanding of how mindfulness and self-compassion can be integrated into any therapeutic process   
  • Gain an understanding of how mindfulness and self-compassion practices can be utilized for self-care


WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM - FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2023 (online or in-person)

Ethics and Competence for Assessing and Treating Individuals Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence

Cliff Rone, PhD

This four-hour ethics training focuses on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). IPV impacts more than 10 million Americans each year, and it correlates with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and problematic substance use. It is paramount that as mental health professionals we understand this problem, and how to ethically detect and treat it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and understand the ethical considerations involved in working with clients effected by IPV
  • Increase ability to identify when a client is experiencing IPV and assess their level of risk
  • Increase your competence in counseling a client who is, or has, experienced IPV