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In 'historic' settlement, Stanford agrees to revise leave of absence policies for students in mental health crisis

Original post made on Oct 8, 2019

Stanford University has agreed to a "groundbreaking" settlement with a group of students who sought through a class action lawsuit to reform allegedly discriminatory policies affecting students in mental health crisis.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 7, 2019, 10:59 AM

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Posted by Karen Gross
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 8, 2019 at 4:02 am

Stanford's shift is positive. The effort described enables “processing in place,” which is key to enabling students to restabilize. More than 2/3’s of adults have experienced trauma and display trauma symptomology (howsoever we define mental illness). But, to do this, the institution needs mental health professionals and a trauma responsive campus, which are a paradigm shift and require more than the described training; it requires an attitude shift. For the latter to work, institutions need to take responsibility for enabling student success which includes student psychological well-being. Leaves, expulsions and suspensions message punishment, the opposite of what is needed (except in rare circumstances). My forthcoming book, Educating for Trauma (TC Press 2020) describes the institutional shifts we need and suggested strategies to be used. Clearly, just saying “stay not leave” isn’t enough by a long shot.

And for the record, processing in place and efforts to help students with trauma symptomology is not limited to college and graduate students. It is an issue across the educational pipeline from early childhood forward. Early intervention is key. And,trauma is not disappearing. So, we need to help all our students by recognizing trauma's impact (which affects both rich and poor, although not in equal numbers), and we need to stop punishing students and understand them and their behaviors. That's a big task.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 8, 2019 at 7:13 am

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