“Change and loss travel together, and there is so much loss that’s happened. Even just in imagining what it’s like returning to campus social distancing and wearing masks, and returning to campus that has that familiarity, but then also is so different than when you left.” — Aubrey Kleinfeld
Listen in on our interview with Aubrey Kleinfeld, licensed professional counselor at a university counseling center, as we discuss the mental health needs of students and faculty in an unusual new semester.
As the new academic year is underway, many colleges and universities are preparing for the influx of mental health needs that will come along with their returning students. With student mental health in mind, I am grateful to share this interview with licensed professional counselor Aubrey Kleinfeld on her work at a university counseling center. Aubrey offers her thoughts on the complex mental health concerns as students return to campus, as well as ways faculty can be prepared to resource students and care for themselves as the new year begins. Having worked alongside Aubrey last year during my graduate counseling internship, I knew she would be able to bring the professional knowledge and experience of the mental health field to our community. Especially valuable were the practical suggestions and insight she offers for our own personal emotional and spiritual lives as we get ready to navigate the unchartered waters of this new year. I am so appreciative of Aubrey and our conversation as she invites us to become more aware of the present joy that is around us and to stay attuned to Jesus as the source of our strength.
— Caroline Triscik