NECCD Conference: The Space Between

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, March 3 - 5, 2019

NECCD Conference: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
March 3 – March 5, 2019

The Space Between: The Power of Connection, Community, and Self Care

Worcester, MA

As directors of college counseling centers, we are witnessing a dramatic shift in the work we do – huge numbers of students, frequent crises, and demands from our institutions for training and guidance in managing what is now known as a mental health crisis. This has created challenges not only for our centers and staff, but for our positions as directors as well.  Staff turnover and burnout are common struggles that we face.  

In our struggle to find the best care for others, how are we and our staff taking care of ourselves so we can be there for the students who need our help?  

At last year’s NECCD conference, the concept of space and looking outward to a new frontier was used to generate ideas and conversation about how to manage the demands placed on our centers. This year, we are shifting the concept of space to look inward at ourselves and staff:  The Space Between.  In the spirit of connection and community, the Worcester community of college counseling centers is collaborating to provide a space at the NECCD conference to look at how we care for ourselves and staff in the face of a great challenge.  Using our collective wisdom, we seek ways to rethink how we can build resilience as professionals as well as create partnerships with other departments at our institutions, our staff and each other to provide the best care we can – all while remaining human.