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CARES Advocate training available in March

Update | Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Student Advocacy Center invites faculty and staff to take part in CARES Advocate Training in March. 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 support to connect students to resources. This is a two-part training. 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, and a link will be sent to you after you register. 

Part 1 – Tuesday, March 2 from 2-4 p.m.
Part 2 – Tuesday, March 9 from 2-4 p.m.

Part 1 training focuses on how to serve as an effective advocate for students:

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

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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