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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

From the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Let’s Lighten the Load: November 19

Please join us for an informative presentation by trauma therapist Seaghan Coleman, LCSW-R, on the signs and symptoms of acute stress disorder (ASD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on Thursday, November 19, at 12:15 p.m. Please register online.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our work and personal lives in various ways. Whether teaching remotely, socially distanced, or providing high-touch support to our students, we were thrown into a place where we had to quickly adapt to an ever-changing environment. We continue to deal with it gracefully, but we must realize that our mental health and well-being are the most important keys to a healthful future.

Whether on the front lines or sacrificing balance with one’s own family and well-being, the Buffalo State College family has exhibited the strength, grit, and resilience that serves as a model for our students. It is time to pause and focus on our well-being as professionals. ASD and PTSD are real conditions that can happen to anyone who is exposed to an extreme traumatic stressor, especially when it reoccurs on a regular basis.

During this presentation, we will gain skills to monitor our own mental health as well as our students' while we continue to serve them during this unprecedented time. There will be time for questions and conversation, and we will solicit ideas for a follow-up session(s) to chat and continue to lighten the load.