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We are all navigating the fall transition in the next phase of our return to campus. These past 16 months have been characterized by uncertainty and ongoing change. Many staff and faculty have expressed concerns about “re-entry” or “resumption” anxiety and want to know how to address it – for themselves and for students. In this session, we will talk about helpful mindsets and learn tips, tools, and strategies for how to best support and hold space for students and each other as we move toward the next normal.
Dawn Schell is manager of mental-health outreach and training at the University of Victoria. She has facilitated over 300 mental-health literacy sessions for staff and faculty over the past seven years. Recently Dawn has been focused on re-entry anxiety and its impact on students, staff, and faculty.