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Nailing jelly to a wall: Providing wellbeing support in a time of uncertainty - Episode 2

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The newly refreshed MWBHE (Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education) Expert Group housed at Advance HE is delighted to invite you to join the second of two events hosted by frontline practitioners for frontline practitioners.

Part 2 of ‘Nailing Jelly to a Wall' will discuss once again student support in the time of coronavirus.  Our MWBHE panel will be ‘on the sofa’ (virtually) to answer your questions about student and staff wellbeing, as we continue to work our way through an extraordinary time in higher education.

‘Jelly’ Part 1 saw us discuss mental health and Black Lives Matter as well as a range of other issues.  Jelly 2 will take a look at where we are now, and ponder what we have learnt.

This 1 hour webinar will be chaired by Dr Dominique Thompson and features Rose Ahier, Rotimi Akinsete, and Geraldine Dufour.

We look forward to a lively and engaging event. If you work, or have an interest,  in student mental health and wellbeing sign up now to listen and contribute, as we attempt to ‘nail jelly to a wall’ and contemplate a variety of creative solutions to the current challenges.

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Panel Speakers

Dr Dominique Thompson - Panel Chair 

Dominique is an award winning GP, young people's mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with two decades of clinical experience. She is author of The Student Wellbeing Series (Trigger Press), and co-author of How to Grow a Grown Up (PenguinRandomHouse). Dom has done two TEDx talks; ‘What I learnt from 78000 GP consultations with university students’ and ‘Understanding Why’. She contributed to Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education: A practical guide (Sage). Dom is a Clinical Advisor for NICE, RCGP and Student Minds. Dom is lead clinical advisor for Bring Well, Living Well Epigeum. Further information about Dom can be found here.

Dominque Thompson

Rotimi Akinsete - Panellist 

Rotimi Akinsete is the Associate Dean of Students at the University of the Arts London and is a therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor with over 25 years extensive experience in managing community, NHS and HE wellbeing services. Over the last decade he has developed the  Black Men on the Couch project, a unique program that aids in self-reflection, discovery and personal growth for black and minority men. He is also author of This Book Can Help: The Men’s Headspace Manual (MoM Books). Rotimi is a member of a number of professional associations including the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR), the International Association of Relational Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (IARPP), BAATN (Black, African and Asian Therapists Network) and is an executive member of the Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education (AMOSSHE).

Rotimi Akinsete

Géraldine Dufour - Panelist

As the Head of Counselling at the University of Cambridge, Géraldine Dufour oversees the provision of psychological support for the collegiate university, leading a large team of counsellors, CBT therapists, university sexual harassment and assault advisor and mental health advisors. She is the past Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Universities & Colleges Division and the national group for Heads of University Counselling Services (HUCS), as well as the Chair of the Academic Committee of China-UK University Counselling Association. Géraldine taught on the MA in Counselling programmes at Leicester and Birmingham Universities, and she is a visiting professor at Fudan and Tongji Universities in Shanghai. Géraldine is a member on a number of national committees related to student mental health and wellbeing, a speaker at national conferences, as well as a contributor to research.


Rose Ahier

Rose is a Trustee at the Nightline Association and joined the board in 2019. Prior to her role as a trustee, she spent four years volunteering at the Association and as a student listening volunteer at Exeter Nightline. Rose was elected Vice-President Welfare & Diversity 2018-19 at University of Exeter Students’ Guild and is an advocate for the student voice within mental health initiatives. She is currently training to be a psychological wellbeing practitioner.

Rose Ahier