Episode 024: Issues in Counseling Students with Peter Piñon

Episode Takeaways:

  • FOMO is a real challenge for our students and social media is impacting the mental health of our students. 
  • "Compare and despair"
    • Statistics help us shed light on the realities behind social media.  
    • We lead the way with our social media pages. 
    • We can create systems to be vulnerable and authentic with our students. 
      • Group texts, private messages, etc.
  • “Overwhelmed" is generally a overarching term that describes a mix of emotions.
  • Digging deeper to discover what emotions are at play can be very helpful in helping them navigate challenges. 
  • Consider inviting a counselor as a “three stranded” approach. Pastoral, peer, and professional support. 
  • Get to know the folks in your counseling center. 
  • Assessment is different than treatment. Treatment likely requires a complementary theological perspective, but professionals can  
  • Create your own ministry policy regarding harm and abuse before it happens.
  • Harm and abuse are mandatory reporting situations in most contexts where we are considered liable. 
  • In times of grief, we need to walk with them, not try to fix them. 
  • Be willing to "weep with those who weep” and tackle the theological questions in due time. 
  • Ask a student “what have you already tried?” before you tell them what to do. 
  • Never underestimate the power of your role in your students’ lives.