Research into the effectiveness of ‘supported education’ programming, as well as guidebooks (and trainers’ guides) for individuals with mental illnesses who want to return to school to continue or complete their education.
Campus Engagement-Oriented Supported Education
Did you know that students with mental illnesses are more likely to withdraw from college before completing their degree than students without mental illnesses? Supported education is an evidence-based practice for assisting students with mental illnesses in achieving their personal education goals. This manual discusses our supported education intervention, which focused on promoting campus engagement in students. Using distance communication to support students across the country, we utilized strategies for helping students identify their interests, find opportunities on campus, and develop and utilize natural support systems.
20 Apps for Student Success
Looking for apps that help support campus engagement? Our supported education specialists have identified 20 apps that can be used to support students with a tool they’re already using: their phone! These apps support students in areas such as productivity, campus engagement, mental health and wellness, stress management, finances, and social support!
About Supported Education
This one page overview provides a quick summary of Supported Education and its importance. It includes a definition of supported education and educational specialists and what supported education can look like in practice.
Your College Community: How People with Psychiatric Disabilities Can Make the Most of Their College Experience
This manual details the various opportunities for support, social and personal growth, wellness, and entertainment students can find on campus. The guide provides tips on what college students should expect and how to take advantage of all that their college or university has to offer from arts and culture, health and recreation, academic supports, and maintaining mental wellness and recovery. Providers or student peer support specialists are welcome to adjust the manual to their specific college or university campus, or insert contact information to resources specific to the college so that they can tailor the students’ experience.
Education Fact Sheet: Consumers
This fact sheet summarizes the strategies and resources which can be used by mental health consumers to support them in reaching their educational goals, from obtaining a GED or enrolling in a trade school to succeeding in higher education. These documents may also be adapted to include the specific supports and services offered by your community or organization.
Education Fact Sheet: Providers
This fact sheet summarizes the strategies and resources which can be used by mental health providers to support them in reaching their educational goals, from obtaining a GED or enrolling in a trade school to succeeding in higher education. These documents may also be adapted to include the specific supports and services offered by your community or organization.
A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College
This document provides a practical guide for people with disabilities who want to pursue their higher education goals. We provide an overview of the challenges and supports needed to help achieve this goal, which can include finding the right school, locating supports, managing your disability and your education, and using your new educational qualifications in the search for a better job. Other areas addressed include assessing your own interests and skills, funding your education, disclosing your disability, and locating supports and services to succeed in school. This versatile guide can be used by consumers, rehabilitation and/or case management personnel, and family members/friends or individuals with disabilities.
The Barriers Faced by College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
Dr. Mark Salzer, Ph.D. Director of the Temple University Collaborative, was interviewed by Larry Abramson from NPR’s All Things Considered on December 2, 2008, along with Karen Bower, Esq from the Bazelon Center for Metal Health Law on the barriers college students with psychiatric disabilities face. NPR Article
The College Experience
This document provides students in college settings – along with their parents and instructors – tips for reducing the stresses that commonly impact college students, in addition to providing guidance on the type of ‘reasonable accommodations’ students with psychiatric disabilities can request to help them meet the demands of college.
Supporting Students: A Model Policy for Colleges and Universities
This 2007 monograph from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law provides a set of model policies for colleges and universities to use in responding to the complex issues raised by college students in crisis. It suggests guiding principles and specific activities related to offering appropriate counseling and referral, assuring confidentiality, providing reasonable accommodations, making and ending leaves of absence, utilizing disciplinary procedures in a nondiscriminatory way, and educating and training university personnel.
Collab Chats: Supported Education
In this video Paige O’Sullivan, our recreational therapist, introduces us to supported education. Shes go over what supported education is and the types of support that she offers.
Supporting College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
Compared to other students, people with serious mental illnesses are nearly twice as likely to withdraw from college before finishing their degree. Disability Services Offices around the country frequently are looking for new ideas and approaches to supporting these students. The Temple University Collaborative is a national leader in this area and has developed a webinar that focuses on the experiences of college students with significant mental health issues, the supports that are most helpful to these students, factors that promote students’ use of disability support services, and barriers to the students’ use of disability support services.
What is Supported Education?
We sat down with Paige O’Sullivan, she discusses what she does and why it’s important.