Support Zone Training Part I

Monday, March 20, 2023
9:40 AM - 10:55 AM


This workshop is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


To attend the webinar, log-in as a guest at This is a Blackboard Collaborate Session.


The webinar starts at 1:15 p.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 1:20 p.m. 


Late arrival and/or early exit from the workshop invalidates receiving credit. 


The first half of the Support Zone training focuses on providing context for the necessity of faculty and staff being well-versed in recognizing and responding to students experiencing mental health distress. The facilitator will review definitions, national and local statistics about mental health in college students and discuss how stigma affects help-seeking behaviors. The facilitator will also discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated the aforementioned issues. This session will also cover crisis support protocol, how to recognize signs of distress, warning signs of suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and how to respond and intervene to a student of concern.

This is a required session for a certificate of completion in
Mental Health and Well-being Competency.


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April Scott
Associate Director
Mental Health Initiatives
Student Health Services

April Scott currently serves as the Associate Director of Mental Health Initiatives at the University of South Carolina. She is responsible for decreasing public and personal stigma surrounding mental health conditions, coordinating mental health outreach, training, and education to faculty, staff, and students, and working with campus administrators to improve efforts to improve students' well-being.

Scott works with the student body in many roles. She has been a psychology professor with the Opportunity Scholars Program for four years and has co-facilitated BlackSpace, a support group for Black students at UofSC for five years. Scott has had experiences across multiple settings to include: a substance abuse outpatient facility for adults and adolescents, an in-home adoption therapy program, a community mental health center for children and families, a Veterans Affairs hospital, a group practice, and a university counseling center. She also has over ten years of instructional experience working special populations in higher education, such as student-athletes and first-generation college students. Scott’s research interests include Black women’s body image, the intersection of media and mental health, and diversity and equity in organizational settings.