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Idaho State University INCLUDE Mental Health Support for Rural School District Staff


Individual Counseling and consultation

MSW students are trained to provide:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: a therapy that focuses on changing the perception of problems and committing to living our best lives with those problems
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: a therapy that points out the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how to understand them
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: a therapy that focuses on understanding and regulating emotions, effectively interacting with others, and tolerating distress
  • Intergenerational Trauma: understanding how traumatic events impact you and your family
  • Motivational Interviewing: understanding what the stages of change look like and how they can help nurture growth and wellbeing
  • Strength Based: discovering strengths and using them to find solutions to challenges

Group presentations and trainings over Zoom created through the MSW program on the following

  • Conflict resolution and interpersonal effectiveness: have productive conversations with students, parents, and coworkers
  • Grit and Resilience: understand the power of these traits and how to apply them
  • Mindfulness and meditation: definitions, techniques (grounding, breathing, etc.) and how to practice them, including demonstrations
  • Motivational Interviewing: understand the stages of change and how to work with students to foster change
  • Secondary trauma: identify symptoms of secondary trauma and healthy ways to cope
  • Self-care: create a healthy work/life balance through boundaries, and creating healthy habits

Information on student issues including:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): learn about ACEs, and how they influence children in the classroom, including conversations about intergenerational trauma and how that influences minority students
  • Puberty, Hygiene, and Body Positivity: have appropriate and effective conversations about changing bodies
  • Social media: understand students’ social media usage as it relates to their mental health, developing healthy relationships with technology
  • Suicidal Behavior: learn about the warning signs and how to have appropriate and effective conversations about suicide
  • Universal design and neurodiversity: learn about universal design and how it can benefit both neurotypical and neurodivergent students
  • Violence Prevention: learn about the warning signs and evidence-based prevention methods


  • Self-help and informational videos: There will be videos either on YouTube or the INCLUDE website about mental health and resources for skills and tools to use. 
  • Social Media: Look for us on YouTube and Instagram 

Staff/faculty members can also receive help with…

  • Cultural considerations
  • Referral to local mental health resources
  • Students with cognitive and/or behavioral deficits
  • Suicidality among student populations


Contact Fredi Giesler, MSW Ph.D, for more information: includesw@isu.edu | 208-282-1236. All services are provided remotely via Zoom.

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