Mental Health on College Campuses and Scientific Institutions: Are we in a crisis or in the midst of a transformation?

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Friday, February 24, 2023 12:00 PM EST | 1 hour
Series: AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs

In the post-COVID Pandemic era, there is growing evidence that a mental health crisis is spreading across the country. Studies have reported that child mental health, in general, and College-aged students, in particular, have deteriorated across the nation over the past few years (APA, 2022). Mental Health stigma, limited mental health tools and resources, and a sense of "disconnection" borne out of social-distancing policies are contributing factors.
Although described as a public health crisis, the levels of emotional turmoil may actually be a sign that young people across the country, on college campuses and in scientific institutions, may be undergoing a transformation. A transformation that highlights generational shifts in attitudes and societal expectations for those in the student population and early career workforce. Those campuses and institutions that recognize this growing threat, may be well positioned to intervene at a lower level to prevent more dire outcomes, and perhaps reap the benefits of a large and growing workforce moving its way through schools, colleges and institutions through informed and compassionate policies and practices.

Our speaker is:
Erick Bacho, Ph.D., ABPP
Commander, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy Clinical / Medical Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychology, United States Naval Academy

Additional Resources

Coaching Resources

  • Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose - The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership,  by John Whitmore (Oct 10, 2009).
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • On Becoming a Leadership Coach, Edited by Chris Wahl, Clarice Scriber and Beth Bloomfield, 2013, 2nd Edition (Written by Faculty of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Certification Program)
  • Co-Active Coaching: The Proven Framework for Transformative Conversations in Work and in Life, by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl, Laura Whitworth, 2011. 4th Edition
  • Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence, by Chalmers Brothers and Vinay Kumar, 2015
  • Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, by James Flaherty, 2010. 3rd Edition
  • You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You're Not a Good Coach, by Monique Valcour, Harvard Business Review, July 17, 2014
  • How to get your Team to Coach Each Other, by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review, March 3, 2015.
  • How Great Coaches Ask, Listen and Empathize, by Ed Batista, Harvard Business Review, February 18, 2015.
  • What Really Happens in Executive Coaching, by Madeleine Homan Blanchard, Chief Learning Officer, June 29, 2017
  • Video: How to Tame Your Advice Monster, Michael Bungay Stanier (14:29)
    Michael Bungay Stanier discusses why we are so primed to give advice, and why doing so can sabotage our conversations. This is a fundamental skill of coaching that makes it different from any other type of professional conversation.
  • MyNavy Coaching Resources
  • MyNavy Coaching Handbook
  • MyNavy Coaching Leader Handbook

Listening Resources

Asking Great Questions Resources

  • Video: How to Coach (by asking questions) (6:36)
    A concise but helpful overview of how questions can be restructured to be more powerful and effective.
  • Video: Increase Your Self-Awareness with One Simple Fix - Tasha Eurich (17:17)
    This video dives into the reasons that asking "why" can be problematic, particularly in the context of getting to know ourselves better. When we ask "why", it doesn’t lead us toward the truth, it leads us away from it. The simple fix is changing "why" questions to "what" questions to achieve greater self-awareness.
  • Podcast: These Coaching Questions Get Results, with Michael Bungay Stanier (42:04) [Coaching for Leaders]
    This is an outstanding overview of what coaching is as well as how to practice it successfully as a leader. Michael Bungay Stanier describes some fundamental coaching questions that anyone can use to unlock insights and help others learn and grow. A practical and approachable introduction to the world of coaching.
  • Podcast: How to Ask Better Questions, with David Marquet (35:41) [Coaching for Leaders]
    David Marquet is the former commander of the U.S.S. Santa Fe. Under his command, the ship had an impressive turnaround, achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the Navy. In this conversation, David and the host, Dave Stachowiak, explore the seven sins of questioning. David shares the story of the ill-fated El Faro and how we can discover better information in leadership by making the shift from self-affirming to self-educating.
  • Humble Inquiry, by Edgar Schein (127 pages)
  • Relearning the Art of Asking Great Questions, by Tom Pohlmann and Neethi Mary Thomas, Harvard Business Review, March, 27, 2015
  • The Questions Good Coaches Ask, by Amy Jen Su, Harvard Business Review, December 12, 2014

Empathy Resources

Stories that We Carry Resources

Neuroscience and Leadership Resources

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Apr 2, 2013)
  • Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work by David Rock (2006)
  • Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership, by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis, Harvard Business Review, September 2008

Changing Habits / Managing Time Resources

  • The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, Paperback, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (Jan 3, 2005)
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter Senge
  • Podcast: Leadership in the Midst of Chaos, with Jim Mattis (38:49) [Coaching for Leaders]
    Gen Mattis, USMC (Ret.) discusses his career in the Marines and the leadership lessons that emerged during combat. He shares the mistake he made in soliciting support for his plan to capture Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora and discusses how he handled disagreements on strategy in Fallujah. Finally, he recommends three books and reflects on the greatest threat to America today.
  • Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time, by Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy, Harvard Business Review, October 2007
  • The Real Reason People Won’t Change, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, Harvard Business Review, November 2001
  • Free Online Course: How to Get and Be a Great Peer Coach (15:00) Developed by Scott Eblin, former faculty at Georgetown Leadership Coaching program. The focus is on Peer Coaching.
  • Video: Rethinking Thinking (Ladder of Inference) with Trevor Maber, (5:32)
    Every day, we meet people and process our interactions--making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us. In this lesson, Trevor Maber introduces us to the idea of a 'ladder of inference' and a process for rethinking the way we interact.