Counseling Skills: Establishing a Meaningful Relationship

The last session of Advisor Coffee Talk for Fall Term was a two hour interactive and informative workshop provided by Judy Neighbors, PhD. Judy comes from CAPS and is also the Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) Coordinator. This session really focused on how to create a Meaningful Relationship with our students and also why it is important to have these relationships.

This workshop was far from a lecture or presentation – Judy was able to integrate her wealth of knowledge into an interactive conversation that us, the advisors, were able to control. The advisors in attendance were able to ask questions about students and scenarios and Judy would walk the group through the concepts and tactics that she uses when building meaningful relationships.

Some of the topics covered:
Empathetic/Mindful Listening
How to make a student feel they are the center of relationship and conversation
What makes a good mentor/bad mentor
Remembering perspective – Meeting students where they are at
How to talk to apathetic or combative students
How and when to validate feelings

The presentation: Meaningful Relationships
Judy Neighbors, PhD
Psychologist
SASS Coordinator
CAPS

 

 

Advisor Coffee Talk with The Diversity in Advising Group – Part 1

After reviewing the results from the latest DiA survey, the Diversity in Advising Group came to our talk with some truly great information (and acting) to share.

The DiA Group shared information on Jones’ and McEwen’s Multiple Dimensions of Identity and how it applies to us as individual and how it can affect the way we interact with others, including our students.

The group also talked about microagressions. Microagressions were defined to us as: “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages” to a target group like multicultural and multiracial persons, religious and ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and LGBT individuals (Sue & Sue, 2008). It can be described as death by 1,000 paper cuts – each exchange on its own not amounting to much, but altogether they can have an adversely negative impact on a students well being.

The last topic the DiA group talked about was Costumes and Campus Resources. With Halloween right around the corner, it was perfect timing. The DiA Group talked about the ‘We’re a Culture, Not a Costume’ Campaign as well as outlined the resources surrounding this issue at Oregon State.

After each topic, examples, discussions and ‘what would you dos’ were shared.

 

Presentation: ACT-DiA
Handouts: Jones’ and McEwen’s Multiple Dimensions of Identity
                  Microaggressions

DiA Group Members: Jeff Malone, Claire Colvin, Oscar Montemayor, Katie Whitehead, Tristan Shay and Janet Nishihara

Racial Akido and Examining White Identity Retreats

As we begin preparing for our Winter Term retreats Intercultural Student Services is asking for your assistance in identifying students who would benefit from the below opportunities. Below is a brief summary of the experiences and the web address to forward to OSU students who may be interested.  ISS would like to receive all applications by Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

There will be an information session for students to learn more about the retreats: Thursday, November 20th from noon to 1 in MU 208.

To apply for a retreat please go to Web address: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_77f7sxCPqzte74x

Racial Aikido Retreat:
Racial Aikido seeks to empower Students of Color at predominantly White institutions (PWI) using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish. Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido acknowledges that People of Color may be ill prepared to deal with issues of race and racism as it affects them personally. Racial Aikido promotes tools for People of Color to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism. By the conclusion of the retreat students will have a better understanding of White privilege, in-group and internalized oppression, identity development models, and be more self-aware of their multiple identities. Students will learn by active participation how to recognize racism, respond to racism in a self-affirming and positive manner that is appropriate for the situation, and replenish by taking care of their needs in order to maintain a healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual self. This year’s retreat will be the weekend of January 9-11, 2015 at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR.

Examing White Identity in a Multicultural World Retreat:
The Examining White Identity (EWI) retreat focuses on White identity development, White privilege, and oppression in both personal and institutional contexts, and introduces strategies to dismantle oppressive systems. We will look atways that understanding these issues will help us address White privilege and oppression in ourselves and with other White people and become better allies for social justice.  This year’s retreat will be the weekend of January 9-11, 2015 at the B’nai B’rith Camp near Lincoln City, OR.

If you have any questions about either of these retreats please contact:

Miguel Arellano at Miguel.Arellano@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-9758

Academic Partnerships with housing

Ben Medeiros, the Assistant Director of the Living Learning Communities, from UHDS talked to advisors about the different programs and initiatives that are being done within the Residence Halls in conjunction with academics. Ben was able to elaborate on what is being done in the residence halls that are Living Learning Communities (LLC). He was also able to provide some data that shows the effectiveness of LLC’s at OSU. Along with academically based LLC’s, a new student position, the Academic Learning Assistant has been created to facilitate in hall participation and partnerships with academic units. Ben also talked about how the residence halls have also been helping in the STAR program and have also expanded their in hall tutoring options. Lastly, Ben left us with some up coming projects to look forward too, inculding; New LLC’s, In-Hall Advising, Linked Classes and expansion of in hall tutoring. Ben’s Presentation: Academic Initiatives in the Res Halls

Creating a Professional Development Plan (6/6/14)

Guest speaker, Sally Garner, lead OSU advisors in an engaging workshop on Creating a Professional Development Plan.  Sally is the NACADA Region 8 Chair and Director of Student Services at the UO School of Journalism.  Workshop participants reflected on their advising “major” (aka. special focus area within advising) and work values.  Sally described how to craft your personal mission statement, which outlines the guiding principles of your career, as well as a 30-second elevator speech, which allows you to articulate your mission to others.  The presentation and handouts from today’s workshop are posted here.  Full presentation: CreatingPDplan    Handout: PDplan_handout

Educational Opportunities Program (4/23/14)

Janet Nishihara, Urmila Mali, Marilyn Stewart, and Courtney Garcia shared about OSU’s Educational Opportunities Program, which supports the full development of the personal and academic potential of students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education.  This includes students of color, students with disabilities, students who are single parents, low-income students, students who have been rurally isolated, veterans, older-than-average (25+), or first-generation students.  Advisors are encouraged to refer students who would benefit from extra support to the EOP office in 337 Waldo Hall.

See full presentation here:  EOP presentation

Education Double Degree (4/8/14)

Allyson Dean from the College of Education shared information about OSU’s Education Double Degree program at today’s Advisor Coffee Talk.  The Education Double Degree allows students to earn a second degree in Education alongside their primary degree in the subject matter they wish to teach.  Interested students should attend one of the “How to Become a Teacher” group advising sessions, held every Monday and Tuesday at 10:00a.m. in Furman Hall 104.

Intercultural Student Services (3/19/14)

For the Winter 2014 Professional Development session, we were joined by Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes, Oscar Humberto Montemayor, and Charlene Martinez from Intercultural Student Services (ISS).  First, the team shared about the purpose and mission of ISS as well as who they serve, new programs, and resources.  2013-14 is a year of transition for ISS in which they are re-examining how they can best serve OSU students in the 21st century.  The ISS team then led advisors in activities, discussion, and reflection centered on helping advisors understand the multiple dimensions of their own identity and how an individual may be a member of both advantaged and targeted social groups.  We then discussed ways in which our identity may influence how students perceive and interact with us in the advising context.  ISS has kindly shared their Presentation as well as the handouts Identity Wheel and Matrix of Oppression that were used during this Advisor Coffee Talk.  They also provided the following suggested readings from Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (2007): Knowing Our Students and Knowing Ourselves.

Charlene announced the new Arts in Social Justice Living Learning Community that will begin Fall 2014 in Wilson Hall.  ISS also has several upcoming events that you can share with your advisees.

We will leave you with an inspirational quote shared at today’s talk:  “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” – Laozi (shared by Oscar Humberto Montemayor)

Registrar’s Office Petitions (1/30/14)

Tom Watts from the Registrar’s Office discussed the advisor’s role in petition processes, including both Academic Requirements Committee petitions for late registration changes, and the Academic Standing Committee petitions for reinstatement by exception (for suspended students).  He also discussed the Undergraduate Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP), which allows students to temporarily suspend their academic work for a period of time and resume their studies with minimal procedural difficulties.

Notes:  Notes from Registrar’s Office Petitions Coffee Talk

Handout (PDF):  Registrar’s Petitions – Advice for Advisors