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Advising & Supporting

Competency Reflection

The competency of Advising and Supporting (A&S), as outlined by NASPA and ACPA (2015), focuses on the abilities and skills necessary for effectively guiding and assisting both individual students and groups. This area requires a blend of direct support, feedback, critique, referral, and guidance to foster the development and wellness of students, colleagues, and oneself (ACPA & NASPA, 2015). Reflecting on my experiences, I consider my proficiency in this competency to be at an intermediate level, having engaged in several activities that demonstrate my growing capabilities in providing essential support and advice within the higher education environment.

One significant experience that has enhanced my skills in this competency was completing the Mental Health First Aid Training in the fall of 2022, facilitated by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. This training equipped me with essential tools to assist students during crises, particularly those experiencing mental health challenges. The training specifically aligned with the competency outcome of seeking opportunities to increase my knowledge and helping skills for students with specific concerns, enriching my ability to offer informed and compassionate support in sensitive situations.

My academic coursework in the HEA622 course titled "Inclusive Advising and Supporting" expanded my understanding of diverse advising techniques suitable for various student populations. This course emphasized the importance of customizing support to meet the unique needs of each student, directing them to appropriate resources, and employing effective referral skills. In the course, I wrote a literature review focused on advising on-campus student employees. This research provided a comprehensive understanding of the intentional practices and tools used by supervisors to ensure student success and goal attainment. This experience directly corresponds with the outcome of knowing and using referral sources and exhibiting referral skills to seek expert assistance, allowing me to provide more tailored and effective support to students.

My role as the First Year Experience Coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Kearney further developed my proficiency in this competency. Volunteering as a Title IX process advisor, I supported and advised students through administrative meetings and hearings related to Title IX issues. This position required a deep understanding of applicable laws, policies, and ethical guidelines relevant to advising and supporting students, which is a critical outcome of the A&S competency. It involved training on supporting students through complex situations and developing tools for explaining policies clearly and empathetically, ensuring that students felt supported and informed throughout their processes.

Reflecting on these experiences, I recognize the integral role that effective advising and supporting play in the administration of student affairs. My journey through the A&S competency has been a path of significant learning and skill enhancement, fostering my ability to effectively support and guide students and colleagues alike. Looking ahead, I am committed to deepening my understanding and application of this competency, especially in areas involving crisis intervention and the development of outreach programs that promote mental health awareness and destigmatization on campus. Ongoing professional development will continue to shape my professional practice in student affairs, enhancing my ability to contribute positively to the holistic wellness of students.


Mental Health First Aid Certification

Title IX Adjudicator Training

Inclusive Advising and Supporting Reflection

Bengal2Bengal Emergency Relief Report

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