Advising Students in Distress

Advising students with a mental health concern or students who are exhibiting disruptive behaviors can be both challenging and rewarding. As advisors, we continue to draw on our core skills of listening, acknowledging, supporting, and referring, but we may find it more difficult to help these students progress and succeed. We may also experience worry about a student and whether we, together with the University, have done enough to help. This interactive workshop will explore how to communicate with students about mental health concerns, maintain clear boundaries, set realistic goals, manage risk, build student resiliency and preserve our own wellbeing. It will also review how Counselling Services works with the UBC advising community to support students in distress.


As a follow up to the UBC Advising Conference in February, the Vice President Students Office is re-running 4 of the concurrent sessions from the conference. These sessions will be attended by UBC Staff and Faculty from across campus who play an advising role in their work with students. This will include academic, career, disability, international, residence, study abroad, and enrollment advisors.

For information about and to register for the following sessions, please visit this website.

  • May 27, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Advising Students in Distress)
  • June 3, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Personal Philosophy of Advising)
  • June 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Advising and the Art of Career Conversations)
  • June 17, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Integrating reflection into our Advising practice)