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CARES training available this month and next

Update | Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Student Advocacy Center invites faculty and staff to take part in CARES Advocate Training in November or December. CARES (Connections and Resources for Every Student) Advocate training is for Columbus State employees who want to learn more about how to support students who are experiencing barriers or challenges impacting their success. As a CARES Advocate, you can provide an additional layer of support to connect students in need to resources for help. This is a two-part training, and upon completion of both portions, you'll receive a CARES Advocate Certificate.  

The training is listed in Cornerstone. (Go to the Learning Tab, Select Learning Search, and type in CARES.) You may also make it a part of your MyPlan goals. The sessions will be offered on Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent to you upon registration. 

Option 1
Part 1 – Thursday, November 12 from 9-11 a.m.
Part 2 – Thursday, November 19 from 9-10 a.m.


Option 2
Part 1 – Tuesday, December 1 from 2-4 p.m.
Part 2 – Tuesday, December 8 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Part 1 training focuses on how to serve as an effective advocate for students. You’ll learn more about:

  • Barriers our students are experiencing, such as housing and food insecurity
  • The impact of poverty and trauma
  • Stages and readiness for change/action
  • What to say, questions to ask – what’s helpful, what’s not
  • The best ways to demonstrate empathy and sympathy
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Helping students develop an action plan

Part 2 training focuses on key college and community resources for support, including key information located on our website.  We’ll review the services provided by Student Advocacy and explain how to make referrals to our team members. Several case studies (and answers to your questions) will be addressed.  

Note: Completion of CARES Advocate Training, Part 1 is a pre-requisite for attending Part 2. Completing both sessions is required to receive a CARES Advocate Certificate.  

Contact Tari Blaney, Student Advocacy Center director, at if you have questions or need more information. 


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