Pre-Conference Workshops


Tuesday, March 28: Pre-Conference Workshop

Full Day Workshop | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad
Charlie Morse (Worcester Polytechnic Institute); Natalie A. Mello (The Forum on Education Abroad)

The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing experience in handling mental health issues that may arise with students on an education abroad experience. This workshop will review trends in college mental health with specific focus on high risk behaviors, identify certain mental health reactions to stress that can be problematic, and will discuss and explore philosophical, legal, and practical concerns. Facilitators will also discuss models for pre-departure screening, lay out appropriate roles to play when concerned about a student’s mental health distress, and provide strategies for managing mental health concerns when they occur. All of this will take place through an interactive workshop that engages participants in discussion of case studies and application of the Standards of Good Practice. This workshop is co-led by a mental health professional in higher education familiar with education abroad.

The workshop is designed for those responsible for developing, managing, assessing and improving education abroad programs. Participants are expected to have familiarity with either hosting or sending students on education abroad programs. Professionals who may benefit from attending include study abroad administrators, study abroad advisors, faculty who lead programs, risk managers, and colleagues who run campus internship programs and volunteer offices.


Wednesday, March 29: Pre-Conference Workshops

Morning Workshops | 8 a.m.-12 p.m.


Building and Designing Career Development into Education Abroad Programming
Ann Hubbard (AIFS Study Abroad); Tim Dohmen (University of Minnesota); Darren Kaltved (University of Minnesota)
This workshop focuses on best practices to help students integrate Education Abroad with career and professional development. It will cover models of campus programming to help students reflect upon, identify and articulate their acquired skills as relevant to career goals. Time will be spent mapping out a plan for programming, modeling a training process and learning about available resources.

From "Talk" to "Walk": Integrating Fair Trade Learning across the Education Abroad Continuum
Daniel Bryan (The Pachaysana Institute); Belen Noroña (University of Oregon); Erika Ryser (Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University); Eric Hartman (Haverford College); Brandon Blanche-Cohen (Amizade Global Service-Learning)
Fair Trade Learning (FTL) seeks the creation of methods and standards that encourage educators to more effectively and ethically engage with local communities. Do we truly consider the impact of our programming? The workshop interactively explores why FTL matters before embarking on a structured dialogue in which we will build strategies for integrating FTL across the education abroad continuum.

Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Natalie A. Mello (The Forum on Education Abroad); Brian Brubaker (The Pennsylvania State University)
This Standards of Good Practice Workshop, with a focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Bradley Rink (University of the Western Cape); Tynelle Stewart (University of Rochester)
The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming – academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies and issues of interest to participants. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
Mandy Brookins Blinn (DePauw University); Paige Butler (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)
This workshop provides the training to align your organization’s policies with the available resources, according to best practices as articulated in Standards 6 and 7. Through discussion and analysis of specific case studies, participants will explore how these two Standards can assist an organization in attaining more effective use of resources through the proper implementation of policies. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.


Afternoon Workshops | 1-5 p.m.


Attitude and Access in Study Abroad
Juanita Lillie (Abroad with Disabilities); Shun Yanagishita (School for International Training)
In this workshop, education abroad professionals will develop awareness of common barriers to access through simulations and dialogue. Participants will come away understanding the concept of multiple means of representation and be more aware of the needs of students with disabilities. Attendees will take away concrete action items that they can bring back to their campuses and organizations.

Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & Code of Ethics)
Bradley Rink (University of the Western Cape); Kristen Mallory (Claremont McKenna College)
This workshop focuses on Mission, Ethics, and the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. Participants will discuss the importance of mission and ethics in the field, and will delve deeply into the Code of Ethics by understanding its history and application through a variety of case studies. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Student Learning, Development & the Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
Kline Harrison (Wake Forest University)
Wrestling with how to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience? This workshop focuses on Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework for Education Abroad and will help you to identify the resources and design programming to assist in this effort. Through simulations involving specific examples, participants will address critical issues often introduced by colleagues in higher education who are unfamiliar with the importance of tying these two areas together in education abroad. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)
Natalie A. Mello (The Forum on Education Abroad)
With a focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support this workshop will help participants identify resources and design programming in these areas. Topics include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models and developing strategies to improve existing practices in participants’ specific contexts. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.




Register for these workshops via the conference registration form, or add them to your existing registration by sending an email to