11/9 Conference: Responding to Mental Health Challenges Among Students

Professional Development Conference

Collaborating with Students, Families, and Communities:

Responding to Mental Health and Developmental Challenges Among High School and College-Aged Students

Friday, November 9, 2012

8:00am - 3:00pm

Montclair State University, University Hall Conference Center 

Registration Deadline - EXTENDED until November 7, 2012!


Our youth face a myriad of socio-contextual barriers that can impede optimal academic performance and overall well-being. This conference seeks to facilitate resiliency of students and their families through a systemic approach in meeting the diverse needs of high school and college-aged students.  The conference will provide high school counselors, college student affairs personnel, and community mental health providers with tools and strategies tailored for young adults to address mental health and developmental issues.



DR. SUSAN H. MURPHY will deliver the keynote address and discuss Cornell University's response to suicides on campus. The University has been praised by psychologists such as Keith Anderson, chairman of the American College Health Association's Mental Health Best Practices Task Force, for counseling and prevention programs that confront the issue of student suicide with comprehensive training and understanding.

Dr. Murphy has served Cornell University as vice president for student and academic services since July 1994. Under her direction are academic support, campus life, the dean of students, Greek life, international students, career services, public service, religious affairs, athletics and physical education, health services, and the Cornell Commitment.

A 1973 graduate of Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Murphy majored in history. She subsequently completed master's degrees at Stanford University and Montclair State, where she earned a master's degree in Counseling, Human Development, and Guidance. In 1994, she earned a PhD degree in educational administration at Cornell.

Dr. Murphy joined the Cornell staff in 1978 following work as a guidance counselor and head of the guidance department at Chatham Borough High School in Chatham, New Jersey. For sixteen years she worked in admissions and financial aid at Cornell, including nine years as the dean of admissions and financial aid.

In addition to her current responsibilities at Cornell, Dr. Murphy is a member of the Policy Committee of the Council of Ivy Presidents and of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Previously, she has held statewide and national positions in the College Board and the National Association of College Admission Counselors.



Workshops will include sessions around three tracks - high school students, college students, and transitional issues from high school to college/career:

  • Rising First-Generation, Low-Income Students
  • A Comprehensive Approach: Community Approaches to Suicide Team
  • Responding to Student Needs at Transformative and Alternative Schools
  • Responding to Mental Health Issues for College Students
  • How the DREAM Act Impacts College Bound Students
  • LGBT Adolescents and Young Adults: The Risks of Being Different
  • Assisting Adoptees and their Families
  • Addiction Issues in Schools
  • Mental Health Issues with First Generation African American and Hispanic Students



The conference includes breakfast and lunch, and will offer 5 Professional Development Hours approved by State of NJ DOE and/or 5 LPC Continuing Ed hours approved by NBCC.

To register, please visit


Montclair State University Students    $60.00
Full-time Montclair State University Employees    $90.00
Employees at MSUNER School Districts    $90.00
All Other Registrants    $125.00


If you have questions, please email Sonal Chauhan at chauhans@mail.montclair.edu.