Difficult Situations

Dealing with the topic of Suicide

As with any major student issue or concern, it is IMPERATIVE that you communicate with yoru supervisor if you think you have a resident who is considering suicide. Remember, you are not a professional! The following is a guideline, but always remember your job is to REFER!

Many RAs, including myself, have been faced with […]

By |January 11th, 2015|Categories: Difficult Situations|Tags: |0 Comments

Dealing with the death of a resident

In the early part of this school year, I was called into my Hall Director’s office to recieve some bad news. One of my residents, Curt, had died in a car accident that monday morning. He forgot his laundry from the weekend, and decided to drive home before his afternoon classes to get it. […]

By |November 9th, 2014|Categories: Difficult Situations|Tags: |1 Comment

Dealing with the aftermate of a Suicide

Last semester was my first semester as an RA. I had a floor of 67 coed first-year students. Late in the year, one of my residents, who had become a friend of mine, killed himself. I found him in his room within 2 hours after he hung himself. It was […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Categories: Advice, Difficult Situations, Reviewed|Tags: |1 Comment

Critical Incidents – Response and Reaction

It is something that Residence Life staff everywhere hope never to have to deal with, yet the threat is real. RA training touches upon it barely, if at all. What I talk about is a critical incident, not somewhere else or even off-campus, but right in the residence halls. A tragedy in our homes.

Let […]

By |October 11th, 2014|Categories: Advice, Crisis Preparation and Response, Difficult Situations, Reviewed|Tags: |0 Comments

Confronting Negative Behavior

Q. Unfortunately, part of the RA job is confronting negative behavior. This can be a tough role to take on, especially since the relationships we have with the residents are so important. What are some suggestions you have for these conforntations?

A. Treat residents with respect..but realize that their opinion of you is not a […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Categories: Advice, Difficult Situations, Reviewed, Success Tips||1 Comment

Coping With Loss

Thoughts on 9/11 and Coping With Loss
by Dr. Will Keim

*Editor’s Note: Dr Keim provided this article after the tragic events on September 11, 2001. The content of his article remains true for any situation involving loss and grieving.

As I have traveled this Fall to my appointed duties, students across America have been thinking, talking, […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Categories: Advice, Difficult Situations||0 Comments

Tough Situations – SCIXW

Q. What is the toughest situation you have had to deal with as
an RA, and how did you do it?

A. I had a resident come to me with a family situation that encompassed nearly every heinous thing you can imagine. She had never told anyone before and could, literally, barely get the words out. […]

By |September 11th, 2014|Categories: Advice, Difficult Situations, Reviewed|Tags: |0 Comments

How I dealt with a suicide attempt in my floor community

I had a resident on my floor attempt suicide about half way through the fall semester of this year. One thing that is very important to do is to talk to the residents that are involved. They may feel “weird” when it comes to daily interactions with the suicidal resident. I have had to […]

By |February 5th, 2014|Categories: Advice, Difficult Situations, Reviewed|Tags: |0 Comments