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Faculty, Staff & Instruction

Student life is a period of unique change filled with many challenges. As a member of the VIU community you have the opportunity to support students who may be struggling with issues that affect their academic performance and well-being. Counselling Services supports faculty and staff in a number of ways. We provide:

  • Orientation to counselling services
    • We want to provide a face to the services we offer. A counsellor will come to your class to provide an orientation.
  • Consultation with faculty, if there is a concern about a particular student.
    • Contact us at 250 740 6416.
  • The Early Alert System
    • Used if there is no immediate threat
    • Can link student with useful resources to address their situation
    • Does not go on any student record

Workshops for Faculty

    Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students in Distress

    To register: VIU Pro D Calendar or feel free to request a workshop for your department or area

    Have you ever noticed signs of distress in students and wondered what to do? In this workshop you will learn to recognize signs of distress, respond effectively, and refer students to appropriate resources. Come learn how you are a part of VIU’s web of well-being. (75-90 minutes)

    Supporting Life: Suicide Prevention

      To register: VIU Pro D Calendar

          This workshop will continue the conversation about the stressors students might be experiencing as well as uncover implications that those stressorscould have if they are left unaddressed. This might include suicide, which is a leading cause of death in youth. Our goal is to give you information and support so that if you do encounter a student with thoughts of suicide you will have the confidence and tools to respond.” (90 minutes)

        • We are currently planning dates for 2016-17. Please visit this page again.

Contact the Counselling office @ 250-740-6416.