A Roadmap for Responding to Students, Faculty, and Staff in Times of Crisis: TIG in Higher Education

Colleges and universities are a primary resource for students offering continuity, safety, information, and support for their growth and success. Our students turn to trusted faculty, staff, or other school professionals for support and help in understanding challenging events in their lives.

College and university personnel are frontline resources for students experiencing trauma, illness, death, and loss – both at the time of immediate crisis and in subsequent years, as they continue to adapt and mature. By being knowledgeable and informed, higher education professionals can be prepared to respond and intervene effectively during these times of crisis.

The TIG (Trauma, illness, and grief) response model, which has been utilized for 20 years in the K-12 setting, can offer campuses a roadmap for responding to students, faculty, and staff at times of crisis. When a campus crisis occurs, the TIG team is initiated, allowing TIG-Trained staff and faculty to provide support to impacted students, colleagues, and communities.

This two-hour information session aims to educate college and university leaders about this exciting and innovative opportunity to bring this model to your campus. The TIG facilitators will also share program components and outcomes from the institutions that have implemented this approach on their campuses. 

At the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand what TIG is and meet the facilitators
  • Be able to identify the components of the TIG approach
  • Understand what crisis response is and is not
  • Be able to identify how TIG aligns with your current supports
  • Understand how to bring this model of response to your campus

Date: August 21, 2023
Time:  10-12:00


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