Looking after yourself
As an Advisor from time to time you may encounter material that find distressing. You are not expected to offer students in-depth specialist support, to know all of the answers to the questions that your advisees ask of you, or to be trained to handle all situations, but having good working knowledge of the support services that are available is helpful.
- Schools have a support network in place to help support members of staff and students
- There is training available for staff which can be booked via the CPD booking system, training includes; Student Support - A287, Safeguarding Adults at Risk Awareness - PD195, Unconscious Bias Training - PD172, Adult Mental Health First Aid - HS044
- This guide provides an overview of Queen Mary's specialist services
- Advice & Counselling have produced a range of resources for Advisors
- Advice & Counselling provide a staff consultancy service and Discussion and Support Groups for staff who are supporting students
Although you might not be the person that can directly offer the support a student might need, it’s important that you listen carefully to their concerns, communicate interest and a willingness to help them, and then signpost appropriately. Giving your tutees up to date information can avoid them becoming over dependant on you and help you to maintain clear boundaries and importantly, look after your own wellbeing.