Mental Illness and Disabilities on Campus and their Impact on Public Safety
This workshop will discuss the various mental illnesses and disabilities that students bring to campus and the impact these issues have on public safety. The format will be a combination of powerpoint and round table discussion focusing on defining the various disorders and the resources needed to support these students, what SMCM public safety has done to support the students and what steps should be considered to improve the student support.
Who should participate?
- Campus Police Chiefs/Public Safety Directors
- Law enforcement and public safety managers, administrators, and supervisors
- Disability support services staff
- Mental Health Services Staff
- Student Support Staff
Topics to be covered:
- Types and definitions of mental health disorders
- Types and definitions of student disabilities
- Training for public safety and other student support staff
- Unique needs of students with disabilites and how public safety can provide support
Meet the presenter: Tressa Setlak, Laurie Scherer, Deirdre Bulger, Sgt. Chris Coons
Tressa Setlak is the Director of Public Safety at St. Mary's College of Maryland and has been in law enforcement since 1989. She holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a M.P. A. from the Pennsylvania State University. During her career she has worked with various disability services to provide specialized training for officers interacting with mentally ill and disabled individuals.
Chris Coons has been in law enforcement since 2003 and with St. Mary's College of Maryland Office of Public Safety since June 2005. He is a graduate of the Municipal Police Officers Training & Education Commission Police Academy in Pennsylvania. During his career with the College, Chris has served on various committees and panels focused on students of concern and has been instrumental coordinating public safety services with mental health and disability services on campus.
Laurie Scherer is the Assistant Director for Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland and has worked in community mental health both in agencies and in private practice. Ms. Scherer has specialized training in the areas of trauma recovery and LGBTQIA counseling support. She attended Mary Washington College and completed her graduate work at Capella University and Johns Hopkins University.
Deirdre Bulger is the Coordinator for Disability Support Services at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She works with faculty and staff across the campus to ensure that students with medical, mental health and neurodivergent disabilities have equal access to their curriculum and environment. Ms. Bulger holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Mary's College and a M.A. in Leadership & Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University.