Programming for Faculty & Staff

The programming options below were developed by staff members in Cornell Health's Skorton Center for Health Initiatives.  

Requesting a program

To request a program or training from the Skorton Center, please complete this program request form. We require a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice to accommodate requests.

Please note:

  • In-person programs are available to groups of 30 individuals or more
  • Online and pre-recorded materials are available for anyone (Cornell NetID required for Canvas courses)

Program descriptions (2023-2024)

Cornell Health overview videos 

We offer two videos designed for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in Ithaca: 

Both videos provide information about the medical, mental health, and support services available to students at Cornell Health. They also highlight when and how to access services, cost for care and using insurance, along with 24/7 resources.

Notice and Respond: Assisting Students in Distress

Available in the following ways:

  • In-person training that includes a filmed scenario, facilitated discussion, practice asking about suicide, and review of specific resources (60–90 minutes)

These programs were developed specifically for Cornell faculty, staff, and graduate student Teaching Assistants to recognize and respond to students who may be experiencing distress.

Through didactic material and situational examples, these trainings will provide faculty, staff and graduate student TAs with information about signs and levels of distress (concern, elevated, and emergency) they may notice in their students, as well as corresponding response options. Additionally, participants will learn when and how to ask directly about suicide and that asking directly about suicide does not increase the risk that the person will act on these thoughts.

This training also covers the importance of encouraging help-seeking behaviors and endorsing resources, and reviews campus, local, and national resources for mental health support.

WISE: Promoting Student Mental Health and Well-Being Through Teaching & Advising Practices

  • In-person workshop (60-minutes)

The WISE program (well-being in scholarly environments) is designed to provide faculty with an overview of concepts, approaches, and strategies to help promote student well-being in the classroom.  

This program will cover a brief snapshot of student mental health, explore the link between academic performance and well-being, and review concrete strategies to promote student well-being through teaching and advising practices. Concepts such as promoting a sense of belonging in the classroom, cultivating a growth mindset, infusing well-being within course curriculum, and linking students to resources will be reviewed.